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“Break Away” – Landscape Image

I obtained permission to photograph this beautiful old barn as the summer sun slowly set behind it. The farmer planted wheat around the barn and it was nearly ready to harvest. The wheat grass was nearly up to my neck! The wheat was so thick that I had difficulty keeping the tripod planted on the ground and the camera still.

Break Away - Copyright by Steve Paxton

I photographed the barn and sky two stops over/under and later manually combined them in Photoshop as a composite. This allowed me to include the entire dynamic range of the scene including the delicate highlights in the bright sky and the intricate details in the dark rustic wood.

Break Away - Copyright by Steve Paxton


Image Details
Capture Date: June 11, 2009
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure: f/22 at 1/10 second, ISO 50
Location: Snohomish County, Washington
Processing: Processing in Photoshop CS4

About the Photographer: Steve Paxton lives with his wife and two children in the Seattle area. Steve has been a photographer for over 20 years. His experience ranges from wedding and portrait work to landscape photography.

Steve owns and manages the F/Stop Spot; a website dedicated to supporting photographers of all skill levels. You can find more of Steve’s work at Paxton Portraits.

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