Old things that are falling apart

I am well aware that the title of this post could be referring to ME- so please resist making a joke! 🙂

On our drive in Paradise Valley (see yesterday’s post), I mentioned to Miles that I was going to be looking for barns and for old things to photograph.  He commented that he LOVES things that are old and falling apart (again, please resist the joke!).  I checked with his mother later, and it is TRUE- he is drawn to old, falling apart things- pretty cool for a six year old!

So look what we found!


Oh,  I so love this barn!  And the yellow flowers in front- so cool! This one was textured with 2 layers of golden by Kim Klassen.

And then there is the shot below of the same barn. I wanted the photo to look old too (although, realistically, the barn should look NEW in an old photo, right?), so I edited it and re-edited it- and edited it again- way too much time spent on this photo.  Basically, I added a couple textures, brought it back to Lightroom and then decided I wanted a vintage look. Instead of starting over, I took the photo into Silver Efex Pro and used one of their presets to give it a tintype took.  But the clouds had gone away!  So I brought the new version in AS A LAYER over my original version in Photoshop and blended them.  Then I kept playing with the textures (all Kim’s- mostly her older ones), adding and subtracting them until it looked the way I wanted.  No point in naming the textures for you- I masked out and reduced opacity so many times- it would make no sense- ridiculous!


And finally- when we had finished our drive, we were in Livingston, where we took Miles out to lunch at his favorite Mexican restaurant. When we got into the car to drive back to Yellowstone, he pointed out something for me to photograph- he has quite the eye, huh? So proud of him!


Linking up with Texture Tuesday.





13 responses

  1. Oh my gosh – I love what you ended up with in that second photo – well worth the effort!

    June 10, 2014 at 5:40 am

  2. joan

    Nice shots!

    June 10, 2014 at 7:33 am

  3. photoartistrycafe

    I too love old, falling apart things…jokes resisted 🙂

    June 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

  4. Love the log cabin and the shards of glass such a cool find Melinda.

    June 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

  5. Claudia Lowery

    must be heredity…….liking old things……nice

    June 10, 2014 at 8:21 am

  6. Excellent job on the barns! They look authentically old!!

    June 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

  7. I love when photography spills out to others….I have found my daughter saying things about the light! I too love old things, especially old barns. Beautiful photos!

    June 10, 2014 at 8:58 am

  8. Susan

    You have a bright young student! How fun!

    June 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

  9. What a fun road trip! The barns are deliciously weathered and I love your edits. And, yes, kudos to Miles for spotting that window and building with all that lovely texture.

    June 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

  10. Pat

    Lovely work.

    June 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  11. I too love old barns! great images. thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to comment. it is always nice to hear from visitors, hopefully you will visit again.

    June 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  12. Wonderful. Your secondimages is fantastic. It’s fun to play and play until you get just what you want. Miles does have a great eye. Hopefully he has his own camera.

    June 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm

  13. Great shots, beautifully edited. (And I’m still snickering about “old things that are falling apart” – which applies quiet nicely to me, too!)

    June 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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