I've always loved this farm, the Bona Farm in Lyndonville, VT. Its quite picturesque, particularly in early morning hours where the light is just right. The problem with the farm, though, is its location on a busy and curvy road with no room to pull off and park safely. So, this photo, like all my others, are taken from the road side as I precariously come to a stop and hope traffic won't appear behind me.
Of course a beautiful farm like this is something fun to play around with in photoshop. I couldn't resist tweaking it and adding a few textures. In the end I feel like it looks like an older photo out of a book.
Here is how I edited the photo:
- Cropped the photo more squarely
- Reduced the brightness slightly and upped the contrast.
- Adjusted the curves
- Increased the saturation, especially focusing on the redness of the barn
- Burned the puddle reflection, mountainside, and clouds slightly - midtones and shadows.
- Added two textures from Shadowhouse Creations, one as an overlay and the other a soft overlay.
- Erased the textures 50% over the clouds, sky, barn, and reflection.