This was taken the same day as the last image I posted with snow. I took many at this new location of mine and so far this one is my favorite. This barn has some extreme character with it's heavily weathered rough siding, broken hay loft door, patch work and heavily faded red paint. I find this barn a real photographic gem and look forward to shooting it in the spring, summer & fall.
Tue 05-Mar-13 08:48 AM | edited Tue 05-Mar-13 08:50 AM by tommiejeep
Scott, what a find .I can imagine some great images will come from different weather, foliage, and light. A thunder storm and lightning would be nice .
I actually preferred the 'fake snow' you added to Kathy's more the the oof barn (but I appreciate your experimenting with focusing on the snow ) in the last one but both are cool buildings. Cheers, Tom
Hi Scott, I really like this composition and do I need to tell the master? Color and contrast control. I am sure you have many pixels to spare to do a crop on that hanging door with the snow on the frame? One can do a hundred striking details on this building. Thank you for posting. I enjoyed this post.
No not at all. I thought you did it perfectly. About the door, I am just curious how a photo with just the hanging door and frame would look like. I think you will be able to crop it to that extend and still be able to judge what that detail would look like. So this time around a gave only complements, not even a suggestion added.
Sorry Aart, I was not sure what you meant when you said "color & contrast control. I didn't know if that meant I had it or needed it! I know sometimes I feel I start to push the envelope while processing an image. This image was one of those times. The image on it's own is very flat and lifeless with the light I had. If there was going to be an image here I knew it would have to be brought out in post. It is easy to push them too far sometimes that is why I wanted you to clarify, thanks for doing so. I am glad to see it sits well with you as I respect your thoughts.
As far as a image with just the hanging door, it's a great idea. I very often over look the smaller details like that. It is for sure something I have to work on. Thanks for pointing it out.
Hi Scott, What do you think about the crop? Agreed that you have to re-take it. However it is to me already very exiting. The detail that you did capture is absolutely astonishing. Now we can really see it is snowing. Thanks for taking action on my whim.
Scott, I very much prefer this to the one with the blurred barn.
Quite often a problem with snowfall shots is the perfectly even lighting which kills detail on low-contrast subjects. I am not aware of any universally applicable technique for bringing out detail in these conditions. I often experiment with the following and choose the one(s) that work, usually with layer masking to select the best parts of each process. Here's what I play with:
1. Equalize in Photoshop. Equalizes histogram, which reduces the number of pixels with the same brightness as their neighbors. 2. Grossly exaggerated contrast, clarity or low-amount-high-radius sharpening, with local lightening/darkening controls to keep large-scale tonality in check (in short: increased microcontrast) 3. Multi- or single-shot HDR processing with low smoothing and high gamma and/or microcontrast.
"Quite often a problem with snowfall shots is the perfectly even lighting which kills detail on low-contrast subjects."
Yes, I agree! The lack of light & contrast has made these snow images of mine out of camera really flat and lack luster. How do you see the post work for color & contrast on this image, is it too much?
First, I had to consult a dictionary regarding the pigment traditionally used in country-side houses and barns. One dictionary said “red ochre”, another one said “Swedish (!) red paint”. But I hope you get what I mean. I’m used to seeing bright red in wood buildings in the countryside. And the way it’s brighter under the eaves looks perfectly natural and gives a nice splash of color to what is a silver-white scene otherwise. The two details that don’t look natural to my Finnish eyes are the bright blue paint in the steel gate (?) and the bright red patch in the hay shack next to the barn. These two specks of color make me suspect that the color is artificially enhanced. But this is what I’d expect to see here.
Thanks for going the extra mile to give me you thoughts. Bright red is a pretty common color to view while driving through out the area I live in. You have been quite observant on this image, thanks. I made a extra effort to bring out the color in the blue fence rail. It just seemed right at the time as it was the odd color out in the scene. I did the same thing with the bright red patch. That little part of the scene is actually a small live stock shelter. Nailed up on the side of the structure are two old red farm/commercial IL license plates which you can see in the lager image.
Yes I also do like this one.A nice set of tones on the barn and a nice composition too. The falling snow looks a little strange to me : we see flakes mostly like rectangles as they would be travelling some whilst the picture is being taken : at 1/125s these flakes should be frozen in place or am I missing something? or is it purely the OOF effect? Jean-luc
I have not taken many pictures of scenes with falling snow, it's been a learning curve. I think what you are seeing here after looking at and reviewing many images is a couple of things. One, the snow was heavy, very wet and falling pretty darn fast, 1/125 was not going to stop them. In fact today it snowed again and again it was a heavy wet snow and I was not stopping them until I got to about 1/1600th. Two, there was some wind blowing while I took these picture which is why the snow it traveling at an angle. To help the effect along I think you are right in saying they are also OOF.
Hi, Scott. I didn't get a chance to comment on the other with the blurred barn, but I agree that this one works better. I couldn't get my eyes to stop trying to focus on the barn. The composition here is spot on and the colors and exposure are really nice. Like Jean-Luc, I wonder why the snow isn't frozen. Was it the wind? Anyway, great shot.
Thanks Scottie for you thoughts! The blurred barn was just a fun image and something I wanted to try. It stirred up more conversation then I thought it would and I learned a little bit in the process. You can read my comments to Jean about the un frozen snow. You were partly right, it was the wind.
I want to see it at Holloween time with all of the ghosts,,
It's funny you said that. I found something in a image of mine the other day while zoomed in to 100% that I can not explain! I thought it was maybe a product of my post work but it is in the unaltered RAW file as well. Look for it to be in the Picture I took thread soon.
I gave up on the D400 long ago. Kind of a sore spot between Nikon and I. Today I am glad I did and I will not go back to DX. I had DX lens as well, still do but I still have my D300 to use with them. I have no complaints what so ever using the D800.
You have got me thinking about barns, this is a really neat shot. I am driving back to Chicago tomorrow to catch a plane to Houston. Will leave early to see if I can find an interesting barn on the way. Thinking about going up 29 to 80 rather than 74 to 55. Ho-efully nicer view going up.