February 21, 2011

when old feels better...

this isn't really a tutorial. but i wanted to share something with you.
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the hubby and i went out for a little drive yesterday and as beautiful as the sky was and as great as the barn was that caught my eye. it left me empty. or at least wanting more.
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what i really wanted
was for this photo to look old enough to be held in arthritic hands
while a story of what happened in this barn years ago
was shared with me.
in order to do that
changes had to made
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i felt i had to get rid of the dirt pile in the lower front right hand corner
{only because it bugged me}
and
the sign in the dried prairie grass.
then the "will call sheriff" sign on the door
{which made me laugh}
felt out of place. so i got rid of that.
there was also a large square cement box on the bottom right of the barn
that my eyes kept going to. so i made that disappear too.
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after all of those things were cloned over. i was ready to play.
so with a few "old" colors added and an aged texture
the photo became what i had envisioned in the first place.
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i'm kind of thinking about doing something like
"make it pretty" mondays in march
where all of you can join me on mondays and we can share what we did to a photo
to make it better. to change it. to make it pretty.
what do you think
?

29 comments:

  1. I think I would like. That's what I think.

    Excellent job on the cleaning up of this photo. Love the finished work.

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  2. This turned out really nice.

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  3. Sounds like a great idea, I'd love to "make it pretty" mondays in march, Enjoy your week-end :-)

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  4. it's those kinds of thoughtful changes that make a photograph wonderful. you did a great job. i think your 'make it pretty' mondays in march is a great idea. hope all is well.

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  5. Great job! I don't own photoshop so wouldn't be able to participate, but I'd love to see more of what you can do. :)

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  6. Incredible Cleanup!!!
    I am the same as texwisgirl....but would love to see more things done by you!

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  7. Terrific post-processing. It totally transforms the image from ordinary into something else!!!

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  8. The photo looks amazing with the changes! I'd love to hear what you do to make it pretty!

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  9. The "old" photo has such character - yes, it does seem that it would have an ancient story to tell. I like to fiddle sometimes, too, using a so-so photo to tell a more muted or vivid story.

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  10. So I wandered around, past the barn, past the old camera, and over and around all your posts and photographs. Purrhaps, looking like something akin to a tumbleweed, without direction or purpose. But being a cat and NOT a tumbleweed, I was able to enjoy, REALLY enjoy your little world here. And so I shall become a follower and take naps in the beautiful old barn when ever I come over fur a visit now and then. In the meantime, just wanted you to know that your photography is wonderful and your posts inspiring.....yes, even to a cat....well, maybe a cat AND "her"...

    Have a great week!

    Purrs!

    Romeo and "her"

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  11. Sounds fun! Now if I just was more proficient on Photoshop. Maybe it will challenge me to get into it a learn more. I think I can, I think I can.

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  12. Sounds like a great idea. If I had photoshop or knew anything about it, I'd play too.ut I don't, but I'll be watching. Lovin the barn by the way.

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  13. There are times when that cloning tool comes in so handy.. this certainly was one of them. You did a great job of aging this image.

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  14. one of my favorite things to do...I'm in!
    love what you did with this one.

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  15. As a learner I love seeing how others have processed their photos! This photo turned out so special...Love it!

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  16. I like that idea! And how you treated this photo is fabulous!! It truly feels old and story-like now!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  17. You did it! At first I thought that you were just showing an actual vintage photo. Good Job!
    Your New Friend, m.

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  18. I'm and admirer , that is for certain.
    But my tweaking is certainly nothing in comparison.

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  19. You did a great job of adjusting the picture. Aging the look changed it so much. The thing that interests me is that you saw it this way in the first place.

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  20. i saw this and you are a lot like me..i would love to live in an old barn...see this site (scroll down) it would be soo fun. I would make mine brighter and cozy...but how fun...with nothing around either :)
    http://www.vivafullhouse.blogspot.com/

    i need to find land

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  21. Oh, i love "your" barn!

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  22. I need to learn how to do this...but I fear it will be awhile before I will be able to back road wander:(

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  23. Nice changes, I agree with you. And I love the texture work. It's always fun to work with a barn shot and lovely textures. There is a barn near me that I love to photograph. But it has some of the same issues. There is a large neon orange windsock flying from the top of it, and a large sign for a RC airplane club on one end. I have to clone it all out everytime.
    I'd love to participate in a make it pretty link up.

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  24. you did a great job with this!

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  25. I think it's a great idea, but I still don't know how!

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  26. I'm in...I would love to get pretty with you...but only on Mondays! ~wink~

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  27. Don't you love that we have this kind of creative freedom to play with our images and make them truly our own? I remember the first time I saw someone remove an object out of an image..I couldn't believe my eyes..that that was possible! It is such a wonderful thing.

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth