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Old 6th December 2014
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Hahndorf Barn

I thought I would give mono a go with this one - it probably needs more "oomph" but I am not sure how to go about it. Alf has given me hints before but the more I fiddle the more I lose vision of what I want it to look like.


But I preferred the touch of greenery in this one and the contrast of metal and wood colours.

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Re: Hahndorf Barn

Like both images but I agree a little mid-tone boost would help. easiest way would be to add clarity or boost using curves
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Re: Hahndorf Barn

The composition seem to have lost its way. In the second version the hinge is to high, as is the main green foliage (also cut off by the frame) and the lower foliage competes for attention (and might best return to grey).

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Re: Hahndorf Barn

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Like both images but I agree a little mid-tone boost would help. easiest way would be to add clarity or boost using curves
Thanks Peter - I will have another look at it in curves.

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The composition seem to have lost its way. In the second version the hinge is to high, as is the main green foliage (also cut off by the frame) and the lower foliage competes for attention (and might best return to grey).

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Thanks Harold. I will reshoot this one as I can't get the hinge lower without seeing some of the roof which I don't want. I have always liked this old door and will enjoy giving it another shot.
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Re: Hahndorf Barn

May I make a suggestion, Lyn? Get yourself a copy of Topaz Clarity (plug-in to PS, Elements, PSP, etc.) Very good bit of software, and doesn't cost the earth.

https://www.topazlabs.com/clarity. 50 USD.

I would take a number of shots, and preferably, square-on to the building. Play with the crop, and see what works; then go back and do it properly. Your second shot doesn't need the foliage; but you could take that section of the building with the complete window and door - square -on - and see what's grungy enough to work. I don't think taking it at an angle, as you have, will really ever work. You may find a better view form one end or the other, too.

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Re: Hahndorf Barn

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May I make a suggestion, Lyn? Get yourself a copy of Topaz Clarity (plug-in to PS, Elements, PSP, etc.) Very good bit of software, and doesn't cost the earth.

https://www.topazlabs.com/clarity. 50 USD.

I would take a number of shots, and preferably, square-on to the building. Play with the crop, and see what works; then go back and do it properly. Your second shot doesn't need the foliage; but you could take that section of the building with the complete window and door - square -on - and see what's grungy enough to work. I don't think taking it at an angle, as you have, will really ever work. You may find a better view form one end or the other, too.

Hope that helps.

Keith
Thank you Keith. I really like this old barn and will persevere with it and certainly try your suggestions.
Will check out Topaz too.
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Thank you Keith. I really like this old barn and will persevere with it and certainly try your suggestions.
Will check out Topaz too.
Have a look at the post I've just made: new thread "Ruin". Might give yu an idea!
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