Behind the Image - Indiana Farmhouse
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I just saw the invitation to offer "behind the image" posts, and I love the idea. I thought I'd have a go with an older image, mostly because I spent a lot of post-processing time on it, and seldom do that today.

Subject Selection:
At the time we lived in Wisconsin and had enrolled our daughter at Purdue University in Indiana. In order to avoid Chicago traffic we sometimes took leisurely rural routes, and on one such drive I came across this farmhouse ruin. It caught my eye.

Not much to tell here. I had my D300 with an 18-200mm kit lens that had been popular at the time. I didn't have a tripod but had plenty of light. I walked around and shot from several angles but liked this one and the placement of the large tree best.

Post Processing:
The initial image was flat and I didn't consider it a keeper, but a good friend saw it and asked whether he could get a print to frame for his den. That made me give it another look, and start thinking about post-processing. At the time HDR was all the rage and I had been working with an early version of Photomatix. Fortunately I had gotten past the overcooking stage of early HDR users, and I used it only to do some tone mapping to bring out some color and depth in the sky.

The next effort was to eliminate the newish shed and power pole, so I spent a few hours in Photoshop, mostly with the clone stamp tool. Finally I looked at black and white. I really liked the colors I had achieved in the sky, so the final version was done with a layer mask to select the black and white regions.

Shooting Details:
Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 75mm. 1/320 sec at f/9 with ISO 200. I may have used a polarizing filter but if so it didn't do much.

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