I could not think of a witty title for this one other than what the focus point of the image. This will end the rural run for a bit as I have a new lens I played with and another one I’m waiting for the adapter to come in so I’ll change it up tomorrow. Until, enjoy more rural America.
I threatened more rural scenes and now that Buddha has healed me through my self diagnosis of Avian-Swine Flu and not Man Flu as others have hinted at. This little house really is condemned and you can’t get enar it. I guess I could have ignored the fence and gotten closer but I like the gnarled tree in the image. I went for color and black and white because when I was doing the sizing in Photoshop I hit the green channel when I was in Lab Color and it looked really cool so I went back and edited the image in SilverEfx and took out the green channel and was very pleased but could not figure out what I liked better so its a two-for-one day.
I am heading back to the rural stuff I shot so prepare for some old farm buildings. I had every intention of leaving this picture in color but like all pictures I hit the black and white convert just to see what it was looking like and I started to see the tones. I spent a lot of time editing in color then converted to black and white and really played with the tones to bring them out. I really like the sky and the moodiness of it and the color it casts on the trees with the shadows. It also could be because I am sick while doing the edit so it might reflect the fact I feel like death warmed over or it could be the cold medicine talking. Who knows. I also went with a 16×9 crop to give it a more expansive feel as well. Enjoy
This was the first image shot in the images I have been showing the last few days. I drove past it and pulled off the road and had to walk a bit to get to the shot. I walked past a couple of road kills, braved thorn bushes, and had my jacket stuck on a barbed wire fence. I wasn’t sure how I wanted this image to come out so I did it in both color and in straight up sepia tones to give it an older feel. I’ll leave it up to the viewer to see which they prefer.
I’m guessing this is a work shed I have no real idea to be honest. It was old and dilapidated and falling into ruin at the edge of a field in West Virginia. I stopped the car and jumped out and shot it.
*Warning – Photo Nerd Speak Commencing*
Since I have been bored with editing and playing around I went wild again with this one. The first thing I did was punch the clarity in Lightroom and gave it some contrast and played around with the tone curve to punch the clouds up. Gave it a 16×9 crop to remove some stuff that wasn’t adding to the pictures and to bring out the lovely clouds some more. I then switched back and forth between Silver Efex and Topaz B&W effects but wasn’t happy with anything so straight black and white in Lightroom then converted it into PSD for mask sharpening in Photoshop. Then I remembered that I could import directly into Snapseed now with a PSD file so in it went. First thing I did was add Structure which is about the same as clarity on Lightroom then I went and added Drama which darkened the clouds and added even more details to the image. Then I went and slapped a border on it just because. I then saved it as a resized jpeg and behold the end result. A tad over-processed? Sure. Visually different? I think so and sometimes you just need to do what you feel like for a picture regardless.