The Red Barn
This past weekend involved another road trip. Our travels took us to Waterman, Illinois, a small town about an hour southwest of Chicago, in the middle of farm country. The happy occasion: our grandson’s second birthday party. (More details to follow in a future post.)
For anyone who has traveled the Ohio/Indiana turnpike can attest, there are miles and miles of farmland along this route. I spent a good part of the return journey attempting to capture the beauty of the flat, open fields and the farm buildings in their glorious disrepair. All while speeding along at 70 mph – but only when I wasn’t driving, of course.
Last week, I shared with you a red door. This week, a red barn. This image begged for the addition of textures to enhance its rustic, vintage quality.
Following my normal RAW edits and some judicious cropping, I added this weeks challenge textures, using the Transform function to fit them to my narrow image . The next step was to simply test out each of the blend modes to see which combination was most effective and interesting. The image was also enhanced with a free Photoshop action from Pioneer Woman Photography called “Vintage”. How appropriate is that? We have now stepped back decades to an earlier time.
- Silence Texture, Linear Burn blend mode, 100% opacity
- Sweet Treat texture, Soft Light blend mode, 25% opacity
- Vintage Action, 50% opacity
What do you think? Was this “mixture” a success?