In and Out

And no, I don’t mean the burger place ;)  Viewing the full east side of the barn you can see that there are many windows and several doors into it.  I still cannot figure out how the farmer got in and out of it considering it is a tall barn and as you can see, all of the doors are much higher than ground level.


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Ladder and Tire

I understand the use and need for the ladder, it is after all a very big barn, but the tire?  We speculated that maybe it was there to prevent some equipment from bumping into that support beam but who knows!  Any ideas?  But the workmanship put into this barn just amazes me.

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Wordless Wednesday – Inside and Outside


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She’s shy

This side of the barn looks as though she (I have claimed her as my favorite beautiful barn girl) is hiding this open side of her with a great big fan…made of trees.  Tomorrow we get closer to seeing what she was hiding inside.

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Exploring the other sides

Hopefully you aren’t bored with barns yet😉 but this week I will be taking you in and through my favorite abandoned barn but they will all be in black and white.  Why you may ask?  Well, besides artistic license, the textures just stand out amazingly well in monochrome.  Stay for this leg of the journey and you will see what I mean.

This image looks great in color with that lovely blue sky that day and I will show it the end of the week.  The clouds and all of the other textures of the silo and vegetation popped so well, in my opinion, in this monochrome with contrast increase view of the north side of the barn.


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Landscapes – Orton or No Orton?

So what is the Orton Effect?  According to Wikipedia ‘Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich or the Orton Effect, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo.[1] It was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980s.’

When I first used it some years ago, I mainly applied it to my flower photography but never thought about using it for anything else.  Recently I read an article about landscape photos using the Orton effect.  The article is from Photography Life and you can read it here if you haven’t already.  In the article there’s also a tutorial on how to implement it in your own images – and why you may not want to.  The writer of this article felt it was possibly taking over landscape photography.  I neither agree nor disagree with him.  Yes, it can be over done on images; any editing technique can.  The idea is to find that fine line of just right versus over done or barely done – your image, your taste.

It had been a long time since I “Ortoned” any images so I decided to give it a try and see how I liked it for a landscape photo.  I had an old PS action that did the work for me as compared to my doing all of the layers and blending modes.  Doing it myself would’ve afforded me more control over aspects of the technique but this was just an experiment so I went the hard and fast action route.  I picked this image from our visit to Sedona, Arizona in 2013.  The first image is a typical edit with just the usual levels and clarity adjustments.  The second was edited using the Orton Effect.  While I like the soft glow and the vibrancy of the Orton image, it’s that very thing that made the row of green trees look like steamed broccoli to me.  You could say the first image has a bit of that going on too but there is more detail in the trees which makes for a bit less cooked veggies resemblance.  To me, the Orton Effect comes close to resembling the painterly effects you can get when using a program like Topaz Simplify for example.

My opinion is that with the right image and a not so heavy hand, the Orton Effect can give you a great finished photo with an artistic twist.  Will I be using it more? I don’t know.  As with all of my edits it depends on what I am trying to convey with the photograph.  Which image do you prefer and why? And have you or will you use the Orton Effect on any of your photos?


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The sun finally set

I drove past this old barn – featured here in April – yesterday and it was reduced to just a small pile of wood.  The home in front of it still stood but they have begun to remove parts of it too; soon it will be no more as well.  I wonder who got to keep all of that old barn wood?  And there it was, a big sign saying what will be coming soon!  I looked it up and found the name of the original farm family and how the land has been approved for over 500 homes!  That must have been a pretty big farm then.  I could never see before how far back it went because of the trees; trees which too are all gone now leaving behind just the machine leveled bare land.

I felt sad and thought how traffic along that road is going to be horrible one day, they’ll probably have to widen roads and do more digging up of what was once a bucolic area, and the schools will become even more crowded.  Hooray for man modifying his surroundings yet again.  Why do I feel like the Lorax now?


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