Barns in Sepia

The sepia tone in photography creates an old look to any capture and in todays world of digital art and processing it’s easy to do. I chose four captures to share this week. They are all barns, one in Oregon and the other three in Iowa. I’ll start with the Oregon Barn…

Oregon Barn

I was doing a photo shoot of covered bridges in Oregon off the beaten path when I came across this barn. I loved the setting and the architectural appeal of this barn. To add to that “old…historic” look, I created some subtle texture to the photo to recreate the type of paper that it could have been printed on back in the day.

The next series of barns takes us to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and barns south of the city with one exception….

Cedar Rapids Barn in Sepia

This particular barn was in the South East quadrant of the city just off a busy highway and up against new housing construction. I really liked the look of it and had to stop the car, pull over and hike back to it for this shot. I was anxious to make this in the sepia tone as it was truly old and probably isn’t standing anymore. I also added the textured photo paper look.

The next two were located south of Cedar Rapids in typical farm settings.

Two Barns

Both of these buildings were very aged, but still being used on a working farm.

The last one was on a working farm also, but was in great shape and as the name states bright red!!

Red Barn

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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27 thoughts on “Barns in Sepia

  1. Darlene

    That first barn is very interesting. From what I understand, roofs that are slanted like that are built to allow good air circulation and to keep the cows healthy. I love all of these photos and the sepia works well. My dad’s barn was more like the last picture and he did eventually paint it red.

  2. Diane Henders

    They’re all lovely – the sepia really does them justice. Barns are such fascinating structures! So utilitarian, and yet so unique. I notice that the 4th photo and the more distant barn in the 3rd photo both have an extra little overhang at the peak of the roof. On the 4th one, it’s apparently sheltering the window, but on the 3rd one there’s no apparent reason… except maybe whimsy. What fun to see the way the builders’ personalities come through!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I hadn’t given it much thought about the overhang except that it would protect the window and often times ladders would be extended to that top window to haul bales of hay up to be stored on that level. After your comment I looked at all of them and the 2nd one had a slight overhang also and that one is a very old barn and in person it was surprising to see it still standing. Interesting, but having been a city kid growing up in farm country, I can only come to the same conclusion you did!! Thanks for stopping by…hope all is well!

  3. D. Wallace Peach

    Those are all just gorgeous, Kirt. I love the tone and the texture (and barns in general). The mist in the first, and tree shadows on the last, were beautiful captures. I also liked the way the second one was framed by the branch and greenery. Lovely.

  4. Nancy

    Beautiful my friend. Your choice of Sepia added a moodiness to them all. Barns are always so fun to look at when we go back to Pennsylvania. We don’t have many around here in Phoenix.
    Happy February!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I love the look sepia gives older structures, especially barns. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in PA, but I do recall some unique architecture in some of those barns. Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great rest of your week!

  5. gillmorris

    These are stunning Kirt, I love Sepia – it really gives an image a beautiful quality. Who would have thought that something as basic as a barn could turn out a very interesting subject. Love it

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Denise! I love sepia especially with the correct subject matter! These old barns seemed to fit the bill! Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback….much appreciated!!


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