Photos: Birds and an Old Barn

I went through some photos from 2002 and found this one. I was living in rural Wisconsin. Back then I was using an Olympus. Digital cameras weren’t as good as those we have today, nor were the pictures very large. The size for this one is 1200×900. The day was overcast, as you can see. There was absolutely nothing compelling or interesting about the shot. I’m surprised I kept it, if I’m honest.

Wisconsin Field

Wisconsin Field

But I thought I might make something of it, so I opened it in Photoshop and got to work. I adjusted brightness and contrast, then put it in Topaz and tried a few things. Because the subject is so damn boring, I wanted to try to turn it into a painting. Most of the time, a painting filter looks like crap and I reject it, but because I used multiple filters first, it actually worked. I love the final result. It actually looks like a painting.

Old Barn Painting

Old Barn Painting

This is a gray wall jumper. I spotted it on my four-panel folding screen when I was putting it away one morning. I haven’t seen him since, but I know he’s around. Fine with me; they eat things I’d rather weren’t in the house, and they rarely disturb humans.


Little blue heron hunting along the lake shore. The sun was setting, making him glow. That red neck is usually purple.feeding-heron-2-13-17-sm

There was a dramatic sky that night, the sun lighting up foreground palm trees while the background remained dark and threatening. just-before-storm-2-14-17-sm

I spotted another plant sprouting from a tree. This one’s in my backyard. tree-plant-2-17-17-sm

During a walk Suki and I took the other morning, I spotted this mockingbird perched above me on a wire. I expected it to fly away any moment, but it stayed quite a while. I was able to zoom in pretty close. mockingbird-closeup-2-17-17-sm

Have a great week!







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6 Responses to Photos: Birds and an Old Barn

  1. Allison says:

    The barn turned out really cool. I don’t think I have ever seen a mockingbird, but I don’t know if I’ve ever lived where they were common.

  2. diannegray says:

    These are fantastic shots and I’m amazed at what you did with the barn – awesome!

  3. A.M.B. says:

    Wow. Your Photoshop skills are amazing. I like to play around with Photoshop, but I’m just a novice.

    • Fenraven says:

      PS has been a passion since I picked up my first digital camera. That photo isn’t finished until I’ve processed it somehow, even if that only means adjusting curves and bumping saturation. And you can probably tell, I love deep, rich color. 🙂

      I’m still learning! Because doing the same thing over and over isn’t good enough. I want my pictures to look better and better. And one day, maybe, I’ll be able to afford a really nice camera so the raw material I start with is first-rate. 🙂

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