Piers Blackett  

Red Barn by Piers Blackett

October 2020 - Red Barn

October 2020 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

I have a painting by Greg Burns, a local artist, of a barn through which you can see through to the other side. So when I saw this red barn I stopped to take the picture (ISO 200, 1/320, f/8.0, 126 mm). The cows remained intent on grazing throughout. I used a mask in Photoshop to improve clarity and exposure of the barn and replaced the sky from my own selection using Luminar 4.

7 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love barns, and I believe you have done a good job of turning a gray sky day picture to one that pops. I like the way you have enhanced the red and the sky. I feel the barn is a little tight on the left, though I realize you would have to do a little cloning if you added more. (You can do that!)   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:00:23
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your comments. My decision to crop on the left was because the sky merged into being quite bright. So my approach to correction, rather than starting over is to use crop - content aware, then because that was incomplete, lasso tool and edit - fill with content aware (x2); then some cloning. A gradient tool may have done it, but I did not save that image.   Posted: 10/09/2020 15:25:11
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Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
You did lots of work for that suggestion. I like this better. Now the next person may suggest add some room next to the right cow, but I think it would be too centered.   Posted: 10/10/2020 12:14:21

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Piers - quite a beautiful image which portrays a sort of calming influence. I thought that Luminar allowed some movement in the sky selection which, if I am right and not confusing it with other software, may have allowed a shift of the bright area off the image. Nevertheless, I think your alternate image you displayed in response to Shirley is an improvement over the submitted, bright spot or not, since it allows more space on the left.   Posted: 10/12/2020 08:36:23
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. Yes, but never sure if some of the brightness goes onto the image. It seems to happen with relatively less bright parts of the image.   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:04:24

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Wow, love the change in the sky. It really made all the difference. That bright spot bothers me. My attention keeps going to it. I like more space on the left but would a graduated filter in Lightroom help to tone down the brightness on the left? Anyway, great photo and I have never heard of Luminar 4. Need to check that out!   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:46:02

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Piers, I really like the image after making the changes that Shirley suggested. I also believe that Harry is correct in that you can move the sky around or actually change where the light comes from in Luminar 4. Great images either way, but I'm partial to barns and farmland!   Posted: 10/13/2020 08:13:34


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