Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Old farmhouse/ Sepia Scenes

Farmhouse at a country crossroad

I like the way the boards are weathering and the porch roof is rusting. I am also intrigued by the shape of the upstairs window and the warped porch roof. And -- I cannot believe I'm writing this, LOL -- I'm enchanted by the maple keys still on the tree (better on this tree than in my neighbourhood - every spring I go crazy weeding out myriad tree seedlings in my gardens).

This is half sepia (or my version of it). Using two layers and leaving the bottom one untouched, I converted the top layer to sepia, then changed the opacity to 50%. Then I flattened the layers to make it one photo

To view other Sepia Scenes visit MaryT, theTeach at http://sepiascenes.blogspot.com

41 comments:

WillThink4Wine said...

Oh my gosh! This may be my favorite photo of yours! It's just wonderful! Very well done!

Leora said...

I love when sepia has touches of color. Beautiful.

Small City Scenes said...

That is an interesting window--like a church window. I love these older farm homes and what stories they might tell. MB

Shammickite said...

What a lovely old house... is it still lived in? I love the subtle colouring, wish I knew how to do that! In fact I wish I had time to learn how to do that!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

You're adjustments have produced a very beautiful photo. I really like that touch of color on the porch. Well done.

margie said...

i love a little photoshop tip. thanks. beautiful old house though.

VALKYRIEN said...

This is excellent work! Just amazing - love the little colour you have left on the porch! The light is so delicate!

Annie said...

Spectacular. Your work on the original photo has created something almost ethereal in its beauty.

Jarart said...

Once again you leave me in awe! You find the most amazing things to shoot and then do the most amazing things with them. You are a true artist. Does someone live in this old beauty?

Patti said...

This is a perfect photo for sepia. I love the old farmhouse.

Mary said...

Wow, that is wonderful! I love the tones, and the subject, too. Beautiful!

judi said...

absolutly stunning. one I can visit often.

Denise said...

This is an awesome photo and the sepia toning gives it such warmth.

Felisol said...

Dear EG,
thank you for helping me out with my pictures .I managed without help from my husband, and I am so proud. The childish joy of learning.
That's what keeping me going. The day I feel there's no challenge, I'll stop.
Good that you explained how you made this sophisticated one.
Guess I'll have to loo it up ..maybe next week.
The house and the garden with the old trees have a fairytale-like atmosphere.
A place I'd like to be.
From Felisol

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Antjas said...

Almost looks like an Andrew Wyeth. Lucky you to have figured out how to get the most out of Photoshop.

Jan said...

Very charming. I like the half sepia.

Abe Lincoln said...

I think it looks nice the way you worked it. I also like the old house but like you am stumped on the extreme slope of the porch roof, as it looks like the posts have been shortened under it in order to make it slope like that. The window looks like something from a church. It makes a nice photo.

Ralph said...

There is a charm that the sepia adds to this abode. It makes the ramshackle residence look softer, and accents the classic lines to this building. It's as if the sepia makes the old new again...

BJ Roan said...

That is a rather odd window for this house. I like the way you left the bright red.

Tricia said...

WoW I Love It!!! I know what you mean by using different layers, but flattening them to one has lost me! The love it though!!!

PJ said...

The window reminds me of American Gothic and all the colorations are a surreal. Really beautiful.

Mojo said...

That is a pretty fancy window for a building like that. Nice job on the half-toning... gives it just enough "aging" to be interesting.

Barbara said...

I love this shot. The window reminds me of one that would be in a church. Very nicely done. Smiles B

Becky and Gary said...

How very interesting EG! It looks much like a pen and ink drawing. Amazing!
B.

Mary said...

Whatever you did is beautiful! The soft colors are great! I love the window.

Ann said...

It's 35 years, I still remember blocks of ice flowing down the Detriot River. Thanks for good memories.

Are you getting the slush yet? this I don't like.

the daily said...

omg...beautiful...with half sepia. i will try as well later :D

My entry for SS this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

ilanadavita said...

This is just lovely; fine sepia tones and a warming effect.

Babooshka said...

It's a lovely building wither way.

Rose said...

Wow! This is one of the best ever! I have got to get some time to play more deeply with sepia.

Mary said...

Just wanted to let you know that Topaz Adjust IS available for Macs. In fact, I have a Mac and it was very easy to download and use... :)
Mary

Jientje said...

That's another way of doing this, thanks for sharing how you did this!
I love love love that picture!

Robin said...

I love it - great subject and really lovely subtle processing.

Mamapippa said...

To answer your question on my blog, the sepia is'nt an old barn silo, but a ruin of the tower of the old, old city walls.

Dianne said...

this is a really wonderful photo!! good work

PERBS said...

I love that old farmhouse! I think that window you are fascinated with might open in the middle -- it looks like shutters do. Just a guess. Of course, I love the snow and also the fact that there's a BENCH on the front porch. I am going to link this post with my bench blog!

Susie of Arabia said...

This photo would make a beautiful card!

splummer said...

Hi!
I love this photo and the sepia you done! It's beautiful. I have the same problem with the maple tree seedlings. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!

Sherrie

Willard said...

I do love the look of this photo and how you created the effect. Also a super sky watch post.

I see you still have snow. We have bare ground now!

Tammie Lee said...

This is a wonderful winter capture of this old beauty!

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