Our Wallowa Wanderlust workshop in early May was a great success. The weather provided a lot of interest in the sky (and on the ground). The hills were green and the mountains were packed with snow.
Here is an image I took during the workshop. This is the Triple Creek Ranch octagonal barn near Joseph. Restoration of this fabulous bark was completed in 2013. It is still used for everything from livestock auctions to weddings.
This image was shot handheld with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L lens (tilt-shift).
- ISO 200
- Auto W/B
The 24mm tilt-shift lens was used with camera handheld level and lens shifted up to eliminate distortion (vertical lines of barn bend in when standing close to an object with the camera pointed up).
Lightroom 5 was used to convert the RAW image and make initial adjustments for color and contrast.
The image was then sent to Photoshop CS5 where I used luminosity masks to set white and black points. A curve adjustment layer was used with a mask to isolate the clouds and add contrast to them which had the added benefit of creating a vignette around the barn to help emphasize it.
The images was then sent back to Lightroom 5 to isolate the clouds once again with an adjustment brush and reduce clarity (smooth out the clouds) and decrease saturation (the clouds had a blue cast causing a distraction). At this point I wanted to emphasize the barn a little more. So I used the Radial Filter in Lightroom 5 to isolate the front of the barn and increase exposure and decrease contrast (subtle, yet effective).
Needless to say, I can’t wait for next year’s workshop where we have many new sites to visit and explore.
Thanks for looking.