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...
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
Yet, if I change the exposure
to show the barn, the
beautiful sky is washed out
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
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!