Paul Smith  

For Sale By Owner by Paul Smith

June 2022 - For Sale By Owner

About the Image(s)

Recall a few months back when I embarked on a project to capture “distressed” barns and out buildings in our mountain-west farm communities. In that search, I befriended a senior lender from a small agricultural bank who would guide me to remote areas he traveled to do Loan Closings. The photo, nearby is from a trip that took us near the Colorado/Kansas/Nebraska borders. Call it a weakness, but I do not grow tired of searching for and capturing these pieces of history. I find it amazing that people actually lived in these dwellings, worked the land ( or the mine) and managed to survive…at least for a while.
Canon 90D, Canon EFS 10 - 22 lens at 10 mm, f/8, 1/320sec, NIK Silver Efex s/w to manage contrast, Topaz AI De-noise and Sharpening s/w to maximize detail. Also, for what its worth, I prefer to use my wide angle 10 mm lens because of the “distortion” effect it has on clouds. I hope you enjoy.

7 comments posted

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
well, Paul, I think this is the most evocative, yet, of your Barn Series. It is certainly gloomy! I really like it.

You know I like to "fiddle" with folks' images posted here, but I found nothing here to "fiddle" with! I like the tonal distribution, it feels to have the right degree of sharpness and contrast.

I really like the composition. Great placement of the building against the moody sky, the building orientation feels "just right", and it really helps having the dead tree on the left.

I agree re the ultrawide lens.

You just keep getting better at these.   Posted: 06/07/2022 09:54:06
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Wow...thank you, Mark!!   Posted: 06/08/2022 08:30:21

Dawn Gulino
Paul, I can see why you like capturing these old barns so much. I agree, it's is amazing to think that people lived in this. As for the image itself, it's pretty great! I live your processing in it into B&W. Your tonal range is spot on, highlighting the sky, barn and foreground.

Very minor items, you might think of cloning out the dark bush on the right side edge if you print this. It's not a big distraction, but I see it there as my eye wanders. Also, I'd consider going to a 16x9 format and crop a tiny bit of the foreground out, I think by doing this, the viewer would focus on the barn and the awesome clouds more. I like all the items in the foreground, but to me, the clouds and the barn are the highlights!   Posted: 06/08/2022 08:30:55
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Many thanks   Posted: 06/12/2022 06:12:47

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
(Group 96)
Hey Paul, Nice shot! Very well processed too. The fallen tree on the left works perfectly in tying your composition together. Nice going.   Posted: 06/19/2022 17:01:44
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Dan   Posted: 06/20/2022 16:14:25

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I love it. The fact that the black tree on the left in my opinion is a distraction. You also have a black blog on the right side of the frame. I am wondering how they would look both cloned out.   Posted: 06/20/2022 02:25:48


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