Saturday, July 23, 2011

Barns at Sunset

Last fall, I indulged my fascination with
barns by rolling out of the hay
early in the morning to
photograph them at

Well....I found a wonderful website
devoted to all kinds of creative photography...
especially BARNS!

I was inspired by blogger
Tricia Hays' beautiful photos
of Missouri barns,
and have been watching
for a pretty sunset to photograph
Michigan barns against a lovely sky.

Last night was the night!

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

The tricky part about photographing
barns against a darkening sky is

If I shoot to show the colorful sky,
the barn becomes a silhouette
like this:

Yet, if I change the exposure
to show the barn, the
beautiful sky is washed out
like this:

Last night, I wanted to experiment
and practice with Exposure Merge in
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

I set my camera on my tripod and
shot the same scene in a variety of
exposures like these:

I included all five photos
from light to dark
and this is what it looked like
after MERGING them together:

It was like MAGIC!!!!

I was up past midnight
playing with this AMAZING

To do this in Photshop Elements 8,
load your series of photos,
then click on File.  Click on New and
see the button for
Photomerge Exposure.

The software does all the work...
You will LOVE experimenting with this
feature in many tricky light situations!

I drove by this barn, and the yellow sunlight
blazing through the open door caught my eye.

I screeched to a halt, backed my car up
and captured this photo.

I used the exposure photomerge to
bring it all together.

I can't wait to try this
technique in other situations.

YOU can work MAGIC, too!


Ryan said...

"YOU can work MAGIC, too!" I seriously doubt it Jill, maybe my son can show me how to use Photoshop.

Your barn shots are fantastic, just be careful while you're racing around in your car screeching to halts. I know Tricia will love your montage.

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

Ryan is absolutely positively correct! I love these! They're GORGEOUS!!! =)

I open Barn Charm on Monday evening around 6pm & I usually close it on Wed morning, but some have asked me to keep it open a bit longer, so I'll probably start leaving it open through to Friday mornings... so either you can link it up then, or I can do it... it's up to you, I'm just glad you want to participate. Thank you so very much! =)

missing moments said...

Those are great shots! And yep, they should be in Tricia's Barn Charm!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You have some stunning images here! If ever I end up with PSE this is something I would definitely like to try.

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

I was just getting ready to link you up, but you beat me to it! LoL!
I sure wish I had Elements, BUT, I'm going to check out my editing program & maybe there's something similar where I can create some beauties, too!

Thank you so much for joining Barn Charm... absolutely beautiful shots! =)

TexWisGirl said...

those are gorgeous shots! came over from Tricia's spot to say hello! well worth visiting here! :)

Lesley said...

these are amazing shots. I have resisted getting Photoshop, but you almost have me ready to bite the bullet and give it a try.

Jill Wellington said...

Tricia, Elements is fairly inexpensive...I got it for about $70. Worth every penny.

Hi, Tex WisGirl, Pieces of sunshine, and Missing Moments...thanks for stopping by! I am meeting so many new friends through Tricia's site. I really love seeing others' lovely photography!

R. Roushey said...

Beautiful skies i your photos!

Beth said...

These are amazing and the info is so helpful. I'm sitting here ooohhhing and ahhhing. Wonderful!

Rose said...

Wow...great photos here. I really need to come back here and enjoy them at a leisurely rate. I don't know which I like best...

Tanya said...

wow, beautiful shots! love what you did with them and that yellow sunlight through the window, amazing!!

MarieElizabeth said...

These are awesome, I am so trying this soon!! Great patience paid off in beautiful sunsets.

Ms. Becky said...

hello there, I'm stopping by on a barn charm tour, and I'm enthralled with your magic! love the first shot with the freshly plowed field - this time of year? that's curious. your photos are magical in themselves. that glow in the long white barn is fab. thanks for the tip about elements. I'm going to see if Elements 9 does the same trick! have a fun day.

Karin M. said...

...wundervolle Aufnahmen...super...
LG: Karin

Ann Porteous said...

Love the barn at sunset! Gorgeous!

Mari said...

These are just gorgeous! You've worked magic - don't know that I could!

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

It just dawned on me that that's the HDR process. I looked for a 'Merge all' command in my editing program, but haven't found it, however, I do have Photomatix & I can merge them in that program. I'm going to have to shoot some sunset pics & get to work experimenting w/ this!

Thanks so much for this info =)

Evelyn S. said...

Your photos are really 'magic'! Thanks for the tip about Merge, too. Beautiful sunrise barn photos; I should get myself out of bed early and try it!

Jill Wellington said...

Thanks, everyone! I can't wait to see what everyone does with exposure merge. The trick is to shoot on tripod and NOT move the camera.The photos must match up perfectly. Best to use a 2-sec. time delay so you don't move the camera. I am loving all the blogs I am finding through Tricia's blog!

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, I think I like them all.

Jacob said...

Great work, Jill...I'm impressed! You can also get both sky and land exposed properly with a filter...but whatever works.

I've got Elements 8, so maybe I'll give Photomerge a try. Some of the final pictures look very much like a HDR effect.

I like them all!

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

Hi Jill,

I'm so glad you like Barn Charm... There's been more participants this week than ever before & I've had Barn Charm open for almost a year, now, so that's quite exciting! =)

I had to do this myself just now to make sure it would work, but go to the 'Layout' page & click on 'Add a Gadget', then paste the code in the window that opens & from there you can place it where you want it on your blog, just drag & drop it in the Layout window. Does that help? Is that what you was asking? If not, just holler back & let me know... I'll help in any way I can! =)

Lee said...

Absolutely great. WOW

don said...

A fine "barn" series. I like your technique which gives you an exceptionally wide range of tones. Very well done.

JayLeigh said...

Oh, these pictures are wonderful! That's amazing how you merged the pics to come up with one where you can clearly see both the barn and the beautiful colors of the sunset!

Debbie said..., WOW, gorgeous shots. thanks so much for visiting me and the super kind comment!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow great pictures, that really is amazing and welcome to Barn Charm! Looks like we will learn lots of things from you. Thanks for helping us to learn :)

Carole said...

Lovely barn shots. :-)


janeofwisconsin said...

Wow! Magic software indeed. There are lots of cool barns in Wisconsin, an overwhelming amount. But I like the idea of barns at sunset. Something to consider.

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