Restoration by Lois  Bryan

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Featured in Country Bumpkin February 15, 2010.
Featured in OLD BARNS Around the World! January 22, 2009.
Featured in Rural Around the Globe December 20, 2008.

This beautiful old stone barn has always intrigued me. It’s not far from my home in Montgomery County, Maryland, but until recently was almost impossible to reach unless I wanted to walk quite a distance through many large fields. I could only catch a glimpse of it during certain times of the year … and my imagination would spin when I saw it!! In the years that I’ve lived here, a few subdivisions have grown up close by, and the barn is now accessible. It was bought and refurbished recently. Here is how it looks today … lovely … but oh … I wish I had taken that long, long walk, so long ago … to see it as it used to be.

This image was shot in May of 2008 with my Nikon D40x, using the 18-135 mm lens and the polarizing filter. Settings: shutter 1/800, ap f/14, exposure -.33. The clouds were added as a compilation. I used Photomatix to create this HDR image.

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  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonover 6 years ago

    Wow! You really don’t see many stone barns around. This is fantastic with just the right amount of lighting. I love the composition, Lois… this will definitely see a feature. Very, very nice!

  • HIIIII Clark!!!!!! Merry Christmas, sweetie!!!!! How are you??? Hope you and all your dear family are well!!!!!!! Thanks for popping in … so wonderful to see you!! Glad you liked this one … It’s my first upload of an HDR … still working out the kinks, lol!!! Have a fabulous holiday and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!!!!! Hugzzz!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Lois.. So vivid and alive.. Angle is sweet tooo.. Great stuff again girl!!

  • Hiiii beautiful Lj!!!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!! When I finally drove up to the barn, I was actually disappointed to see it in such great shape, lol!!! I’d wanted it to be wonderfully falling down!!! But … I’m happy it’s got a new, productive life!!! Thanks again for stopping by, sweetie!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 6 years ago

    Wonderful image, Lois. Lovely and very creative. Love the colors and the composition. Instant fave for me!

  • Barbara!!!! Hi sweetie!!!!!! Merry almost-Christmas!!!!!! Thanks so much for your note!!!!! Spring and her colors seem sooo far away right now!!!! Hugzzz!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 6 years ago

    Beautiful image, Lois. Very well done.

  • Hi Mick!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!! My first HDR upload … what fun!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 6 years ago

    Wow sweetie, it’s fabulous. I really love everything about. Great colours, comp, forgraound interest. Just perfect.

  • Hiiii Tenia, sweetie!!! Oh, thank you sooo much!!! I had a lot of fun with this one a few weeks back … did the compilation, then gave it the old Orton … but never posted it. Finally tried HDR on it … thought it came out fun!!! Glad you liked it, too!! hugzz!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • mgrffths
    mgrffthsover 6 years ago

    Hi Lois, this is a terrific photo!!! Love the colors, clarity and detail. Nice work!! :)

  • Mike, thanks sooo much!!! I’ve really been fighting with the HDR .. glad I finally got one that looks okay!!! thank you again!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • budrfli
    budrfliover 6 years ago

    gorgeous color with your treatment, an most excellent composition, i know the regret you are speaking of ,but this is beautiful!

  • Sandy, thank you so much … yes, I know you understand me … you have the magic touch when it comes to the beauty of what once was … your captures all tell such stories!!! Thank you for stopping in, hon!!!! Hugzzz!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • raberry
    raberryover 6 years ago

    Very nice Lois. Not overdone… Great capture!

  • Robert!!! Thank you!!! I finally uploaded one of my HDR attempts!!! How exciting to have you drop by and comment!!! I’m honored!!!!! Hugzzz!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • robmac
    robmacover 6 years ago

    Having lived as a boy in a country village in hampshire UK this photo brought back many good memories

  • That’s the best compliment you could have given me and one of the things that makes RB so fabulous. Every once in awhile an image will take us back to something or someplace we’d nearly forgotten … thanks so much for your message!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 6 years ago

    Excellent work Lois and at least the restoration hasn’t caused it to lose it’s character. Nice work with the HDR and not overdone like quite a few we see. have a great Christmas my poppet and I hope 2009 is happy, healthy and very safe for you. Love and hugs, Peter

  • Dear Peter!!!! Thank you so much … still getting my feet wet with the HDR thing … so glad you approved of this humble attempt!! My most loving wishes for you and all whom you hold dear for a delightful Christmas filled with wishes come true … and for a 2009 of good health, joy and prosperity!!!!!! (and GREAT pictures!!)

    – Lois Bryan

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