Barn, Pasture, Storm Clouds, HDR

Carbondale / Ione, CA

An abandoned building, which looks like a barn, but is actually a garage sits alone in a field as storm clouds pass over.

Some people as how I spend my free time.  Apparently New Year’s Day the year before (2011)  I was out driving the desolate roads in the county seeking things to photograph.  This building just begged to be photographed.  Given the challenging light conditions, I elected to bracket my exposures at [-2,0,+2], then processed the exposures through Photomatix Pro with final adjustments in Adobe Lightroom.

A friend of mine had taken a similar photograph of this building the year before and I recognized it immediately when I drove by.  His photograph was different in that he shot the building just slightly left of center, included two wood fence posts and barbed wire in the foreground, his clouds were blueish overall, but he had sunlight from behind him illuminating the grass and building.  It really is a beautiful photograph.  The conditions gave me a much darker and moodier feel to my photograph.

EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 48mm, ISO 200, HDR (1/10, 0.4, 1.6 sec), f/18

Barn, Pasture, Storm Clouds.  Carbondale/Ione, California.  January 01, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved. 


3 thoughts on “Barn, Pasture, Storm Clouds, HDR

    1. It’s definitely worth trying. And then the trick is to figure out good opportunities to use the technique. You might be able to try doing pseudo-HDR with one exposure and then saving +/-1 (or +/-2) exposure versions of the same shot and then trying an HDR blend of your newly 3-bracket exposure.


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