Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Barn Dance"

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"Barn Dance"
©David A. Ziser

The original image was captured while we were spending the weekend in the Rockville, Maryland area.  We made the drive out to the Sugarloaf Mountain Winery and enjoyed the sites along the way.  This old barn housed the tasting room of the winery.  I loved the rich red color punctuated by the white painted “windows” against the deep blue sky.

The “funkiness came later after I imported the image into Lightroom 3 and ran the “Lens Correction” adjustment on the image. I removed the convergence of the vertical lines from the image, but I did not constrain the crop.  The blue left and right areas under the peaks of the barn were left white.

I thought, “What would happen if I imported the resulting image into Photoshop?” The image imported with the white areas in tack. A quick sample of the blue sky together with the “Paint Bucket” tool allowed me to pour the “Blue” into the two white areas.  The result was a sort of funky, fun image of the barn.

Camera specs:  Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 18,, F 5.6 @ 1/2500 second, ISO 200.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. Hi David. I attended your seminar last night in NJ. Great, as always.

    I posted a comment on your blog entry regarding the Secret Settings import preset for Lightroom. In short, these kinds of presets are often best constructed using the arrows in the Quick Develop area of the Library Module, since they make relative adjustments rather than absolute adjustments. In other words, they can make an image 10% warmer than it is, rather than some absolute K value which might be completely inappropriate to a particular image. It's like starting with auto-tone except that it's more precise and perhaps more intuitive.

  2. Wow. Just discovered I was completely wrong about creating a preset using relative values rather than absolute ones. This is a major disappointment. Sorry to have misled anyone.

    It is true that the Quick Develop module adjust by percentages, but that facility cannot be built into a preset AFAIK.