Preston Castle Grounds, Dairy Barn Roof, Split Tone

ISO100, 20mm, f/8, 1/5 sec
Ione, CA

The derelict remains of the dairy barn roof at Preston (Castle) School of Industry in Amador County, a reform school for boys until 1960.

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According to the biennial reports submitted to the Governor between 1900 and 1910, the dairy farm trade raised Holstein cows and produced all of the butter and nearly all of the milk needs for the reform school.

The image was taken about 15-20 minutes before sunset and I had wanted to have the final photograph in color to capture the golden light falling on the roof beams, but the somewhat light blush-colored sky just did not provide the right contrast to the beams.  I worked on 3 separate images of the roof beams, but none of them had the end result I was looking for.  The next option was to process in SEP2 and finally apply a light split tone to the sky.

Vintage photographs of the dairy barn: (Photo 1), (Photo 2)

More photographs from Preston Castle:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 20mm, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/8

Preston Castle Grounds, Dairy Barn Roof, Split Tone.  Ione, California.  January 20, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


3 thoughts on “Preston Castle Grounds, Dairy Barn Roof, Split Tone

    1. Thank you Melinda. There were some more potential lines to photograph at eye level but there is quite a bit of debris (remnants of tin metal roof panels, wood, metal pipes) that just don’t give me the clean lines I was looking for. On the other hand, night shots with stars through this roof might be interesting!


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