Barn Cupolas

24 Mar

Yesterday while traveling I took this picture of a barn on the way home.

I wasn’t very excited about how it turned out because it was snowing and the lighting was poor and the I would have liked a better angle for the shot.

When I got home from work last evening I cropped the photo to only include the barn cupola.

I love cupolas and have started to look for more to photograph in our area. I love the round part of this cupola and the oxidation that has occurred over time.

After cropping the photo I played with it in Photoshop Elements 9 a little bit and ended up with something that looks a little bit like a Clip Art photo.

I am hoping that when I attend my Photoshop class on Tuesday that the instructor can help me with the lighting in the original picture. This week’s class was canceled due to the spring snowstorm. In the meantime I plan on trying to get a better composition shot of the barn.


Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Architecture, Old Barns, Photography


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24 responses to “Barn Cupolas

  1. pearlsandprose

    March 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Sorry about the class, Jeanne, but that last image is really cool. Sometimes you can do the best stuff by just playing around with the software. After you learn the basics, you’ll be doing a lot of that.

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

      After the amount of snow we got Tuesday evening it was a good thing that the class was canceled. The hour long drive on back roads would have been treacherous if not dangerous.

      I was looking forward to it because some of the things that she taught us I forgot how to do when I got home.. I should have been taking notes but I was having too much fun with the photos in class.

  2. writerwoman61

    March 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Love the edit, Jeanne…

    I was always fascinated by those pointy things on the end of the barn…


    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

      I love all the old farm structures. Unfortunately around here there are fewer each day and the heavy snows we had this winter took down a few more.

      I found out that the reason the cupolas are there are not for decoration but ventilation of the barn roof. That is why on some larger barns you may see more than one cupola.

  3. belleofthecarnival

    March 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I love cupolas they give such stature to buildings and are the perfect photo specimen! Great Job!

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

      I love the look of the cupolas on the barns. A lot of the more modern barns don’t have them anymore.

  4. Carol Ann Hoel

    March 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

    It’s amazing what you can do with your camera! Cool! Blessings, Jeanne…

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Carol, I am having fun for sure!

  5. Thomas Stazyk

    March 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I always take pictures of interesting barns–for some reason I especially like dilapidated ones. I never knew that cupolas were functional. Did the wind vane work?

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      It appeared that the weathervane was working for the afternoon wind direction. I imagine some of the more rusty ones don’t work anymore.

  6. planejaner

    March 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    that is lovely–how you worked on that image to make it so much more beautiful than it was in the original shot.

    blessings, and stay warm!

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Jane! I am learning so much in my class that I wish I could get together with some of the people in the class even after it is done so we could share ideas.

      PS. The sun was shining today so it seemed much warmer even with the snow on the ground.

  7. sunshineinlondon

    March 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve learnt something new, Jeanne – never heard of a cupola before! And your photography is wonderful.
    Sunshine xx

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Glad I could add something new for you to learn. I’ve learned so much from your blog this past year.

  8. nrhatch

    March 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Very cool! Glad you’re enjoying the class and learning some fun stuff.

    That last picture captures the best part of the barn.

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks Nancy. I had some fun playing with the barn pictures.

  9. 36x37

    March 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful, Jeanne! You have such an eye for this! What an artistic viewpoint.

    • flyinggma

      March 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      I have so many pictures that I would like to play with before my class is done so I could learn how to do more.

  10. Patti

    March 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Very cool! The final shot looks like it should be part of the watchtower on a fortress, or at least something more imposing than a barn.

  11. flyinggma

    March 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    It does look like something more imposing than from on a barn. Photoshop is so much fun.

  12. Donna M.

    March 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for finding my blog and visiting with me! This cupola looks so similar to the one I took a picture of in New England! Love how the posterizing looks on it!

    • flyinggma

      March 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks for checking out my blog. I love your photography and am looking forward to the new photography challenge in April. I’m having a great time learning more about my camera and Photoshop.

  13. Booksphotographsandartwork

    March 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Oh my gosh you have that much snow?! Have mercy.

  14. flyinggma

    March 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

    This afternoon I walked in my yard and in most places it is at least knee deep and in others places in the yard more than that because of the snow drifts.


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