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Barns Away! - A Digital Photo Editing Essay

We went on a volunteer mission to Caledonia, Michigan, a rural community south

of Grand Rapids today, delivering flyers for a local Amy Grant Concert at our local

Fine Arts Center.  We always take our camera along when we travel to capture local

interest pictures.

When we got home, I began playing around with the editing of this abandoned barn

photograph.  Below is the photo just as it was taken - unedited.

abandoned Michigan barn

 

Now, here is the same photo below touched up with sharpness, contrast and lighting tweaked:

abandoned Michigan barn

It appears crisper, more weathered and with a lot more interest in the shape of the trees

to me.

Now, here is the same photo below in sepia. I really like this effect with this subject.

abandoned Michigan barn

There is even more contrast and it appears more weathered. A really great effect with this 

barn.

 

The version below is altered with light and toning through gamma, contrast and brightness

editing.  It has a ghostly look to me.

abandoned Michigan barn

 

Below is the same photo in grey scale, it really tones down the light and color and makes

it appear foggy and much more monotone, as if it was taken at dusk.

abandoned Michigan barn

 

 

Below is the photo with a negative effect - with the light and dark features reversed.

abandoned Michigan barn

 

The final editing was done with color hue and saturation, a totally different look for the 

same photo.  It looks like spring and green things growing with green tint emphasized.

abandoned Michigan barn

This photo essay was just for fun to show you some of the effects you can get with 

basic digital photo editing.  I don't have anything fancy - this was done with PhotoSuite

software that came with our camera -a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

It is fairly easy to get those "special effects", have some fun with your photo editing.

Bonnie

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Comment balloon 22 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • March 18 2010 04:31PM

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Yes, it is indeed fun to play with effects! Love the negative shot - very Halloweenish!

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 10 years ago

Terry and Bonnie

Wow, pretty cool. That second from the last one looks like something wild is going to come flying out of the barn wall at any minute.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Wow what differences.  The fourth one looks like it might have been taken in middle of a snowstorm. 

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 10 years ago

Debi, We have come a long way from a simple photograph.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Tom, I need to keep Bonnie busy or she starts practicing with the photo software.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Lora, With all the options and some agent don't even take more than one photo of the exterior???

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

That is VERY cool! I love playing around with photos. Great job and have fun!

Posted by Jami Asanovich, Doing the right thing, every time! (Smart Concept Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Very cool.  I've taken a lot of pics in Europe is sepia and they always look great!

Posted by Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert (Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance) over 10 years ago

Jami, It does make for quite a difference.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Drew< We do enjoy playing with the software to see the different affects.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Hi Bonnie ~ What fun! Some of those are really beautiful. I will have to be more adventurous with my photos.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

It is a lot of fun to be able "play" with the effects on photographs.  I am finding that I really like the sepia look on photos.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

It is a lot of fun to be able "play" with the effects on photographs.  I am finding that I really like the sepia look on photos.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

It is a lot of fun to be able "play" with the effects on photographs.  I am finding that I really like the sepia look on photos.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

I really like taking pics of old barns....i had not thought about the effects. Thanks

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 10 years ago

Liz: What a nice place to get a little adventurous. Have fun.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Tony, CAn you remember when you had to "take" the photo. Now we take one and then adjust it later. So many options.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Rob, Since we have made the commitment to have the camera with us all the time lots of opportunities appear.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

WOW how fun is that.

I think I like the 3rd one best

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia

Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 10 years ago

Its a lot of fun to play with photos I took a picture of a barn from a long distance and when I viewed it on the computer you could see details like a weather vane that I couldn't see with just my eyes.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com) over 10 years ago

Charles, We did have fun and the effects can be quite dramatic.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Betty and John, We do missa lot of the  details of life good to take some time to see them.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

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