Sunday, April 12, 2009

sunday stills - the colour red

This week's Sunday Stills challenge was the colour red. There is a rural road just north of us that we drive along all the time, where a section of it has been bought up by developers and the existing homes and farm structures have been slated for destruction.



One barn in particular always caught my attention on the drive....it was painted red and right above the big doors the owners had painted a white star. At some point in it's life that big red barn had meant something to someone...had been worthy of more than a functional coat of paint, had been worthy of white star. I always looked for this barn on our drives and knew I wanted to photograph it...even though I would only be able to capture it from the side of the road. I attempted two pictures once, a few weeks back, but the setting sun cast the light against me and they came out too dark to do the barn justice.



Given this week's theme for Sunday Stills, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to hit the road early Saturday morning and capture it in proper light. I pulled my car over to the side of the worn and dusty road, got out and stared at the perfect, warm sunlight of the morning washing over a pile of wood, shingles and memories. I was too late....my star barn was no more. And even though I had never set foot in it, never knew it's history...I was sad as I know I will miss it.



So I decided to use this week's challenge to play around with my "digital lab" so to speak and experiment with how I processed some of my photos....including the one I had taken a few weeks back of my barn.


the star barn

36 comments:

Ed said...

Very nice, I believe the Star is for protection, the Amish do the same thing to protect the farm and bring good luck..

~ Sara ~ said...

Wounderful! I love the barn shot!!!

Shirley said...

I always look forward to your photos; well done!

CTG Ponies said...

Excellent! The Amish definitely paint symbols on their barn. Each one means something different. I'm always sad to see a little piece of history reduced to a pile of rubble.

Sherri said...

Superb -p- as usual. The barn photo and the Sophie photo are stunning.

Janice said...

Nice like em all

gigi said...

Oh, I love red! What awesome shots! Especially the one of Sophie and the red flower, just beautiful!
Easter Blessings.

Mildred said...

You are very talented - always a joy to see your photography.

Far Side of Fifty said...

So sad about the barn..I love them all too..and should get out and photograph every one in this area that is still standing. Have you ever seen any of the Quilt barns? I have not..but they sound interesting also.
Your photographs are simply beautiful, the barn and Sophie with the red flower WOW.
Happy Easter to you all:)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am glad that you did manage to get a photo of the barn. So sad that they tear down beautiful heritage buildings......

Great shots, love them all. You did a wonderful job.

Jen

Carolynn said...

That's heartbreaking, isn't it? I actually really love the photo of your pup with the flower. :o))

Violet said...

Even Sophie like the red flowers!

Wilmoth Farms Rachel & Her Farmer said...

The are all so good! The swingset is great! But I have to say my favorite...is your sweet pup and the flower...just adorable and should be framed!

WhimsybyMari said...

All of them are great the swing set is wonderful, but your pup and the flower is my favorite. Your right great minds I love the first flower one too. I need to learn how to use Elements better.

Fenway said...

Beautiful shot of that playground. We also love the bxw BC against the gerbera daisy.And you outdid yourself with the barn!

Your fan,
Fenway

Jen Mo said...

I like your dog smelling the flower! All were great though!

Oz Girl said...

I love all your red photos! Sophie is so, so adorable with her red flower. :)

I can see how special that red barn was, and it is sooooo sad that it was torn down. It looks like it was a really superb barn, architecturally speaking.

J9 said...

clever use of your program to turn your own barn into the star barn!

Emma Rose said...

Beautiful Andrea! I guess we should get out and capture some of the old favorites too. We just take for granted that they will be there when we have time, but that's sadly not always the case. Glad you could get a picture before it was gone. And it looks great! Sophia, of course is stunning with her flower.

Joanne said...

Too bad you missed the barn, it must've felt sad at that moment. Love the shot of your barn, very atmospheric.

Patches said...

Very sad about the barn. Lovely shots though!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I love your treatment of the red in each photo. It's wonderful. And very impactful as a grouping. I am a sucker for red and these photos have me smitten.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Kathy said...

That's too bad that you couldn't get a great shot of the barn before they tore it down. But the one you did get wasn't half bad. And the red flower with Sophie is superb!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Ooooh. I love the barn color looming up through the black and white haze. Really lovely, as always. :-)

Sharon said...

I LOVE your barn shot...it has a mysterious, ghost-like feeling, which is so appropriate now that it's gone. You have really done it justice. Bravo:)

dibear said...

I too love the barn shot, but Sophie smelling the flower is a winner. :)

Kelly said...

Simply great photos...love them!

Butler and Bagman said...

I agree that the barn photopainting is great. Sophie looks like she is thinking, "Why is she holding this flower against my nose and getting ready to flash that thing in her hand again?"

Lillibet said...

Hi Andrea, thanks for the lovely comments you left on my "Secret Paths" blog. I appreciate your support so much! I hope you're right and my parents eventually see how happy I would be doing this, I would also like to wish you good luck in all the projects you're working on. You are a big inspiration!
<3

The Write Girl said...

I love these shots. What a creative theme for the color red.
Especially love the photo of Sophie and the flower. She's so photogenic : )

Barry said...

Of course I'm a sucker for shots of Sophie.

Great shot of her smelling the flower and wondering if it's food.

Hilary said...

Wonderful photos. Too bad about that barn. I hate hearing about losing a wonderful old landmark like that.

Natashya said...

Beautiful photos, I don't know how to colour or change pictures at all - it is a real art!

uought2b.a.dog said...

Great photos!!! Hugs, Shamu and Prissy

Becky said...

Sorry the barn is now gone but at least you did capture it beforehand. I hate to see old buildings go, makes me sad. Love Sophie with the red flower!

Jan said...

I love these red photos!