Good Old Iowa Barns

I was going through some old stock the other day and came across a photo shoot I did in Eastern Iowa circa 2013. The timeframe was February…no snow, but trees were obviously leafless. I love certain subjects in black and white and older architecture is one of them. I converted the original captures into black and white and the following are the results which I just added to my gallery.

The photo shoot was in and around the Amana Colonies ( Wikipedia) settled in 1856 and comprise 7 villages that sit on 26,000 acres of farm land near Iowa City.

Twin Barns In Black And White
Amana Colony Barn
The Stables

Thoughts?

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34 thoughts on “Good Old Iowa Barns

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I love old barns and felt really pleased with these presentations. Lighting and detail in my opinion makes them pop!! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I was really pleased with the way the black and white pops these old barns. The obvious is the subject matter having to be interesting and I think all of these barns brought that in aces!! Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by! Hope all is well!

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      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        My wife and I just did a last minute drive up to Seattle last weekend (unplanned and last minute to where air fare was out of the question) …long drive a day a half each way. Where I’m going with this was 110 degrees through extreme Northern California and Southern Oregon. Add on top of that, the extreme smoke in the air from the Bootleg fire in southeastern Oregon both going up and coming back…ugh. The good news: Seattle weather was a welcome break from all of it…low 80’s for the 2 days we were there. Back to Southern California…90’s seem great after that heat 🙂

  1. Dan Antion

    These are fabulous photos, Kirt. The first time I visited my brother, he took us to the Amana Colonies – that was a wonderful experience. Thanks for conjuring up that wonderful memory.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      My pleasure, Dan! We use to go down (coming from Cedar Rapids) to the Amana Colonies for dinner periodically. My wife and I had our rehearsal dinner in one of those restaurants. Wow….that just took me back numerous years! 🙂

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      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        Thanks!! It’s a building on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. My son-in-law’s uncle owns an oyster farm. I loved the architectural elements of the building and thought it would look good in sepia!!

  2. Diane Henders

    Wow, the black and white photos are stunning for these old barns. The buildings are in wonderful shape, too – must be more recent than 1856. 😉 The old barn on our family farm only lasted about 90 years, and it certainly wasn’t in usable condition by then.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I’m thinking they are more current than 1856😊…I like the way the B&W pulls out the details of these barns. Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week!! (Bees aside)….

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  3. Sue Slaght

    Not only do i think the black and white bring more detail and texture but the historical feel. I know I’ve come a long way in my appreciation of B&W. 🙂

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I admire your open mindedness 😀 lol. You have come a long way!! I truly appreciate your feedback, Sue! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Denise. I love the architecture of old barns and I think B&W pulls out a lot of the detail. You know better than anyone the process to make sure the contrast and focus is what you’re looking for…it can be a tedious process of trial and error. Have a great week!!

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