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American Flag Milk House

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Our milk house is always a fun photo op for me!

Our milk house is always a fun photo op for me!
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violetbee March 22, 2017
I am Canadian through and through but you make me proud to be American in this shot! Superb!
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cool shot!
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Behind The Lens


I took this photo in my front yard. This old milk house has been on our family property for many, many years. This last year my dad spent a lot of time laying out stencils, and painting panel by panel of metal on the roof. It is always a go to photo op for me, as well as random people passing by.


This photo was taken around 1pm on a mild fall day. I had been working on homework for hours, and when I went to the kitchen to get some lunch I had a random urge to go outside and use my camera. I had to go outside and take some pictures! It was a perfect day, about 60 degrees or so, and the milk house was the first thing I wanted to play around with. When I came back in I decided to edit my pictures right away, before starting on some homework again, because I was excited about what I had captured.


The lighting was perfect, and allowed me to get a great photo without lights and shadows bouncing off of the roof of the milk house and distracting away from the amazing American flag. It was an overcast day, some of my favorite days to take pictures. Not having to worry about shadowing and highlights from the sun always makes me excited to go out and take advantage of the opportunities awaiting me!


I used my Canon Rebel T3i with my new Canon Zoom Lens, an EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS lens. I had only used this new lens once before, and was excited to play around with it some more! It has been interesting adjusting to it, since I am so used to my 35-55mm kit lens; my new 55-250mm lens takes much better pictures!


The milk house has always been an inspiring photo op for me, even before dad painted the American flag on the roof. Our milk house with the American flag roof is one of a kind, no one else has anything like it, and that is what always inspires me to take photos of it... people always love seeing it!


I actually chose to make the photo black and white with just the roof in color before I even knew about the Selective Color Contest, I found out about that the next day, a lucky coincidence! I used multiple layers, converted the image to black and white, and used layer masks to keep the roof red, white, and blue. I also adjusted some of the lighting and colors in post-processing.

In my camera bag

First off, I love my camera bag! It is a a black Canon camera bag with metal buckles and so many different compartments! When you take a peek inside of my bag you will find my Rebel T3i body, my EF-S 35-55mm IS II lens, and my EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS lens. My instruction manual also stays in my bag, for reference if need be, along with lens wipes, cleaning rags, an air blower for dust, and the packages for my lens filters.


I would say advice, for any type of photo, would be to stay patient, very patient! Sometimes it takes 5, 10, 15 shots just to get the perfect one you are looking for! Don't give up if you aren't able to capture what you want the first couple of tries! This isn't only my advice to others, but also advice to myself. Sometimes it is easy to become frustrated, especially as a beginner trying to learn all of the ins-and-outs of your camera, but if you stick with it, you can get an incredible shot!

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