Spring Scene/ Barn Beside a Pool

(Jo Daviess County, northwest Illinois) USA
4125 views, 62 Faves, 21 Features . Oct. 7 ’14

I couldn’t really tell if this barn is abandoned, or whether it was still in use. There is a house nearby – occupied – and there were cows so either could be true. Sometimes it’s hard to tell!

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Enhancements have been made with CS2. I took this on a gloomy day with heavy overcast and the original is quite dark. No color alterations but I made adjustments in the shadows and highlights, then used an overly of “vivid light” and another partial overlay of “Glamour” in Virtual Photographer. This often works to bring up a shot that’s rather “blah” taken on a dreary day! The trick is adjusting those percentages when you blend the layers. Vivid Light for instance, is almost always much too overwhelming at 100%! This is probably more like 15%. Like seasoning, a little goes a long way and too much can spoil everything. I find it’s true with most effects and filters when I work in Photoshop.

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Comments

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!

  • Thank you, Lorilee!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

    Great work!!!!!

  • Thanks so much Ruth!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    Stunning!

  • Thanks, Barbara! Much appreciated!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    Echo, – Stunning, lovely scene, lovely colour and tone contrasts, takes the breath away! I know I sound like the New York Times art critic, but its a very strong piece.

  • Simon, so glad you like this! Thanks! The original was quite dark… I did play with it a bit in CS2. No color changes but I used a partial overlay of “vivid light” (small percentage). Also, adjusted the highlights and shadows. That will often do the trick with photos taken on a dreary cloudy day! (Which it was) I really appreciate your comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • EmmaLeigh
    EmmaLeighover 4 years ago

    Just lovely. Well done.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL !liz

  • Thanks, Liz!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Thank you, tcat!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A superb shot Nadya x

  • Thanks so much, Irene!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 4 years ago

    Wow this is beautiful~Elaine

  • Thank you Elaine, for your lovely comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

  • So happy for the feature, Lori! Thanks!!!

    – Nadya Johnson

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