"You don't take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams
Winding down an evening of photography in the rural areas of northwest Iowa with a beautiful sunset taking place and as always I was looking for something to put in front of the color. I sped by this farm scene, which I usually shoot from the other direction, and caught the lighted window from the corner of my eye and decided to give it a look.
A lot of things attracted me to this scene including the glimmer on the light bulb, the window, the shapes and angles, the triangles, horizontal, textures and vertical lines, etc. I knew the light was going to slip away if I didn't get moving with the process....tripod up, camera attached, and bang, the shot.
There is obviously a lot of contrast here and I decided to take it through the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) HDR process as I seem to have less problems with artifacts that are the norm with so many HDR plug-in's that I have or have tried. Doing the process in this way allows me to stay in ACR and continue to fine tune the image before I load it into Photoshop to finalize the editing process with tweaks in NIK or Topaz software programs.
While standing in front of such scenes in rural Iowa I am constantly reminded of how the landscape and rural architecture is changing...old barns giving way to steel structures, corn cribs to steel bins, and on and on. I've spent my most of my adult life working in and around these familiar places, while much later I was working in and around the shiny steel confines of livestock buildings. Each style has it's place, but I will always be attracted to the monoliths of the farmsteads where my family worked.
Thank you for visiting and please get out to enjoy the fall season...winter is not far behind!
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