Saturday, January 30, 2010

Outbuilding

I've wanted to photograph this little outbuilding for a long time now. Finally we had a morning that seemed just right. Freshly fallen snow was on the ground and the sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon as I climbed over a snow bank, filling my shoes with snow, and took a few shots.

This is somewhat how I saw the scene in my mind. When I arrived home and looked at the originals it wasn't as pretty. Really, it wasn't.

Want to see?


Not very exciting is it. To dark, to much blue, no definition of the outbuilding. Just blah!

So I pulled it into Photoshop where I cropped and straightened it, used the Unsharpen Mask tool (Amount 28, Radius 250, Threshold 4) and then added a couple generic light colored textures (found on Flickr) to expose the building and tree a bit more, not to mention get rid of the blue color and highlight the snow. After the layers are flattened I lighten the photo just a little more.

Yes, it's a bit of work, but to me, in the end it's all worth it. I hope you like it too!



34 comments:

Snappy Di said...

Good work, but what a lonely looking building. Lovely but almost makes me feel sad for him... LOL

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I try to just snap and post with my photos too but yes, quite often what your mind's eye sees is very different from what your camera will record. Still. it's a pretty shot and I really like the dusky blue tones in the original?

Erica Houskeeper said...

It's always a challenge when our camera doesn't register what we see. But I love how you edited this image. The composition is really nice, and I can see why you were drawn to this little building.

The Gathering Place said...

Wow! Someday I hope to know how to do all those things. Right now I can only crop and lighten pictures. I have a lot to learn.
JoAnn

hip chick said...

In this weather it's best to play around with pictures indoors!

Susan Wicker said...

Always love to see your photos, Sharon. Liked the changes in the one you took today. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Linda* ~ TheKeepingroom said...

I think you did a wonderful job.
It can be very hard to capture what we see.

Riet said...

It is beautiful what you did with your picture. I am still learning photoshop elements but I am really too impatient to learn it properly.Maybe one day...

Laura said...

What a difference in those pictures, Sharon! I need to spend time learning how to do all that Photoshop allows! Great job!

Kim said...

Very nice...love the photo, especially your touched up version. I too have many photos that I 'tweak' to be more of how I'd love it to look, rather than what the photo captures. I use a couple programs, but one favorite is Lightroom by Adobe. You can try a free 30 day trial online...I love it! Come visit my blog to see some of my photos if you'd like. I truly love your blog and enjoy seeing all your photos!!
Kim

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I keep looking at both of them, and I like them both. The one with the blue looks more like it would have been taken in the early evening hours.

Mary said...

Beautiful processing, Sharon, and a wonderful scene!

Sea Witch said...

I always learn someathing when I visit your blog. thanks for the info on the Photobucket filters. Sea Witch

Judy said...

You are right; the original is really blah! But once you had cleaned it up, it looks wonderful! So your work was worth it!

Pony Girl said...

They are both beautiful but the first one is almost ethereal. Snow does tend to pull blue in photographs and you made it crisp and white, and the sky just glows so wonderfully. Nice job!

dj said...

sharon,
very nice job on working with what you have....

i wish i knew more about this kind of editing....i am such a novice.

dj

ps...wonder if you have been out shooting the moon tonight?... your previous pics of the moon were really nice.

The Retired One said...

Loved the peach color of the sky in the first (edited) one....it doesn't matter that you edited it, that takes talent.....just like when a painter decides what colors to use in his/her art piece...or what strokes to use...it is all art!

Cindy said...

Great work, I love the art aspect of photography! You have talent.

Deborah Carr said...

It's like you have given your photo personality and character. And emotion. Lovely work. I'll be back later to see more.

Kerri said...

I do like it! I think it's beautiful!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Sharon...you are so talented....i like them both too...i would love to be able to do what you do....

very inspiring...my friend

kary

Life With Dogs said...

And it was well worth the work by the looks of it. Your blog was a great find, hello from Vermont!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank goodness for Photoshop!! See how wonderful this turned out with just a bit of effort. I love it Sharon. I could easily stay in a place like this in the middle of nowhere.

Loree said...

I still have not quite got the hang of photoshop but you did a great job.

The Curious Cat said...

I like both but I can see what you have done! Need to play with photoshop a bit more myself! Very beautiful scene though... xxx

Carolynn said...

It is beautiful. I don't seem to have the time to tweak my photos like that. Perhaps, it's because I'm not the proficient with PS yet.

Cindy said...

Looks fantastic to me. Very beautiful. I love the glow of the sunrise.

Have a wonderful week.
Cindy

Life is good! said...

love your photo, love, love, love it!

Linda said...

A transformation! Beautiful work!

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I love what you have done to your photo. It is truly amazing what Photoshop can do...

Jan's camera said...

Hi, great editing. The photo turned out beautiful. I haven't had the courage to tackle Photoshop yet. It sounds so complicated. Maybe if I take a class it won't seem so intimidating. Good job.

Eve said...

Great job Sharon. It's always worth the work when needed. I'd also love to see it in an afternoon shot! Are you up for it?
Stay warm!

dAwN said...

good job..wish I had the patience to do that with my photos...
Too Lazy I guess..
your result was lovely!

Jane said...

They are both great photos, snow is always likely to turn out blue if there is sunlight present. What you did in PS7 makes for a great final image, thanks for sharing:)