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Beam Barn and Bush

August 07, 2016  •  1 Comment

I've been sharing a lot of shots I got from a recent trip to Kentucky bourbon country. Here's another.

I thought this one was interesting because, to be blunt, I screwed it up.

As I've mentioned before, it's always good to include foreground interest in any "landscape" shot. Any outdoor image that takes in a broad view could, I suppose, be called a "landscape", even one that's really focused on a building.

That's what we have here, a landscape image, focused on a building, with some foreground interest. Take a look and see if you notice what I did wrong:

Jim BeamJim BeamA building on the grounds of the Jim Beam "American Stillhouse" near Louisville, KY.


When I said "focused on a building" above, I really meant it. I did the right thing in attempting to include some greenery in the foreground here. But my mistake was getting only the building in good focus. The bush is not quite sharp.

I used a small aperture (something like f/20 I think), but I made the mistake of getting too close to the bush. I should have pulled back a little, thereby allowing that small aperture to do it's thing and get everything in focus. Oh well, live and learn. (We pulled over to the side of the road so that I could get this shot, so I sort of rushed it. But that's no excuse.)

You might not think that's a "mistake". But I do, because it wasn't what I intended.

Or, you might have noticed some other mistake. If so, please let me know - I could use the critique.

It's still not a bad shot. It works because your eye is immediately drawn to the barn anyway, and away from the bush.

And let's be honest, only photography nuts like me would notice where the focus is. Most people just look at a photograph and say "Dat's purrrdy." (Or they might not, depending on how purdy the photo actually is.)

By the way, as you can probably guess, this is a shot of a barn on the grounds of the Jim Beam "American Stillhouse", outside Louisville, KY. Well worth the visit if you're in the area. (Try the Knob Creek Smoked Maple. You won't be disappointed.)



Joe Winkler(non-registered)
Dat's purrrdy.
Blur the livin' fit outta the bush and everything on the bottom foreground AND desaturate it. It's the most colorful thing in the photo.
Then remove any black in the sky, and punch up the blues, (use Image --> Adjustments --> Selective Color).
Next, punch the colors waaaay up in the barn. (use, Image --> Adjustments --> vibrance).
Next, sharpen the fit outta the barn, especially the letters.
Use layer masks all throughout the process.
Finally put a soft edge vignette to slightly darken all edges and corners which will make the barn the star of the show.
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