Pat Centeno  

Roadside Barnyard Decor by Pat Centeno

March 2023 - Roadside Barnyard Decor

March 2023 - Pat Centeno


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken on Sept 20, 2019 with an iPhone, literally roadside, somewhere in the Palouse area, Washington state: HDR, telephoto, 1/800sec, f/2.4, ISO16.
I downsized the original using Image Size, but then I noticed this app has editing tools I had never explored, so I made adjustments using its filters and tone curve for the brighter colors, plus vignette after downsizing. I wish it had a cloning tool, but it doesn't seem to. The original looked quite "blah", but I thought the final was punched-up a bit for a more dramatic look. What do you think?

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9 comments posted

Marge Barham   Marge Barham
(Groups 38 & 75)
Pat just stopped by to wish you a congratulations on your being selected for the Members Showcase this month. Love the photo. Have a great day.
  Posted: 03/08/2023 20:48:58
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
It sure was thoughful of you to visit our group and offer your nice wishes, Marge. I really appreciate it. Come by anytime.   Posted: 03/28/2023 12:52:44

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Nice capture! I like your processing and think it adds interest - definitely more vivid. I wonder if the central grass is too green/bright/saturated - it's the least interesting part of the photo and is currently the brightest. My eyes keep getting pulled to the center and away from the main subject(s).

My other thought (not possible roadside) would be to consider using shallow depth of field to blur either the foreground animals or the background barn.   Posted: 03/11/2023 03:19:56

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I've been there, Pat, on a photo tour, it's actually a known photographic attraction. I think while the edit is more vivid, you've lost some of the interesting background in the original, mainly that traditional styled house. But either way is fine. I can't help but wonder, if that's a real cat, or also a model ;)   Posted: 03/11/2023 10:23:14
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
The cat was a little statue also. I'm pretty sure it didn't move.   Posted: 03/28/2023 13:03:14

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Pat,
It's a fun image! I like circles of big metal wheels used as fences around the house in the background and the metal screw rings on the body of the cow.
I think that the original image is quite sharp and beautiful, you only need to enhance the color a bit. I'd prefer to remove the white object on the bottom left corner that could be distracting. For the vignette you applied, I'd prefer to brighten the transition on the top since it darkens the clouds and creates a big contrast to the bright scene below.   Posted: 03/24/2023 23:38:41
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Good eyes you have, Kieu-Hanh. Yes, that pale white circular object annoyed me, but I didn't have a way to clone it away in the tools I chose to use. Had I been in Photoshop, it would have been gone. And you're right about the dark transition on top, too. I was just trying out ImageSize and afraid to lose the edits, as I didn't see any tool to fix that. Plus, it would show me an advertisement after each thing I changed! I decided to quit while I was ahead this time.   Posted: 03/28/2023 12:59:07

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Pat,

Thank you for sharing the image! It looks like a great place to visit and have fun. Congratulations on your showcase, your pictures truly capture every detail of this location, from the foreground to the background. I am curious about the house in the picture, I wonder what's inside. Perhaps taking the picture in landscape format would have allowed for a wider view and more interesting objects to be included in the frame. Nevertheless, great job and thank you for sharing!

Best regards   Posted: 03/27/2023 07:36:49
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
After all this time, I do wonder why I shot it vertically instead of horizontally. Maybe I would have been standing too close to the front subject to see the barn in the background. I don't recall. iPhones are great, but limited when it comes to deciding what lens to use, as a regular camera would have.   Posted: 03/28/2023 13:02:20