Old Barn

A few miles from my house stands an old stone barn. For years this structure fascinated me, standing alone in a field and visited by the occasional wedding party, but I was never able to find time to explore it for myself.

The past few years have seen a preservation effort undertaken to reinforce the structure and keep from collapse. Last month a new park was opened around the Barn, and my neighbor and I decided it was time to check it out for ourselves.

The day we went was a bit hazy, which left the sky washed out and the light on the ground weak. The barn itself is a wonderful subject, but given the “blah” atmosphere even it looked a bit dull in my photos. I opted, therefor, to concentrate on the details on the sky and leave the foreground for Lightroom’s Developing tools. The original is displayed below, the only adjustment applied is lens correction.

Old barn with no adjustements made.

I then applied some general adjustments like white balance and highlights and filters, but there was no way I was going to bring any decent details out on the ground level by applying adjustments to the entire image. So I got out my Apple Pencil and drew out a selective edit on everything below the horizon. To this edit I increased the exposure, brought up the saturation, and clarity. I then traced out a second edit on the sky and reduced the exposure to help bring out more details. I’m still learning the subtleties of blending the filters where they overlap, but I am ecstatic with the results. I must play with this tool more.

Old Barn with selective edits made to foreground and sky.
Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens; ISO 200; ƒ/10; 1/200 sec


  1. Peg Horton says:

    On Creek road is the last. Home of a Lenape Indian woman until she died. The historical society is preserving it. A good photo subject.i challenge you.

    Sent from my iPad


    1. wezlo says:

      Really? That’s amazing! Do you know the address?

  2. What a transformation!

    1. wezlo says:

      I know, right?

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