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As I photographed this Arkansas barn, a breeze lifted the American flag, bringing the scene to life. I had one shot before all was still again....
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As I photographed this Arkansas barn, a breeze lifted the American flag, bringing the scene to life. I had one shot before all was still again.
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The Beauty Of Fall Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
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Flags and Banners Photo ContestTop 10 class
Flags and Banners Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Fall 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Fall 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Architectural Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Celebrating Freedom Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Celebrating Freedom Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Fall 2016 Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Farms And Barns Photo ContestTop 30 class
Farms And Barns Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Americana Photo ContestTop 10 class
Color Explosion Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Flags Photo ContestTop 10 class
Flags Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1

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AnneBarela
 
AnneBarela August 21, 2015
Excellent capture!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz August 21, 2015
Thank you so much, Anne.:)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 22, 2015
Great capture! Congrats.
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz August 23, 2015
Thanks.:)
photopainter10 PRO+
 
photopainter10 February 11, 2016
I love old barns.....nice shot.
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz February 11, 2016
Thank you so much. They're very easy to find here in Arkansas. :)
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 April 07, 2016
Congratulations on your award!
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takeoneshotatatime July 29, 2016
As a lover of old barns this picture made my day. Well done and I really appr4the fact that you took the time to explain how you got the picture. The story just added to the beauty of the barn.
CreationsByCL PRO+
 
CreationsByCL July 05, 2018
I know this barn! I hope they fixed it after the tornado... Nice Photo!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the Arkansas Ozarks near the small community of Parthenon.
Time
I took this in late October 2013 at around 4:00 p.m.
Lighting
An autumn storm front lasting for two days in the Arkansas Ozarks caused heavy cloud cover, fog and rain. While the fall colors seemed brighter under the cloudy sky, it did leave the sky kind of drab in most of my photos. Here, a break in the clouds offering an unusual amount of light and the simultaneous gentle breeze that lifted the American Flag slightly added much interest to an already beautiful country scene.
Equipment
I used my Nikon 3200 camera with an 18-55mm lens. I did not have time to tripod this shot, as I was traveling narrow and crooked roads in the mountains of the Arkansas Ozarks. My husband dropped me off in the road then made a turn around to pick me up a few minutes later.
Inspiration
Each year during late Autumn, my husband and I travel to the Buffalo National River area in the Arkansas Ozarks to try to catch the peak fall colors. Stormy weather hampered my ability to get out and about with my camera equipment so we spent two days driving through the countryside. When I spotted this barn with the witch-hat shaped roof, flag, and the unusual hole in the clouds, I knew I had something too special to pass up.
Editing
I did more post-processing here that usual. The photo was originally very dark, so I tried to lighten the shadows enough to show the beautiful detail of the barn without making the image too bland. I also bumped up the saturation a touch to enhance the colors of the fall foliage.
In my camera bag
I always carry two cameras with me; usually a Nikon D7000, Nikon 3200, two 18-55mm lenses, a micro lens, a 70-300mm lens, a 300-500mm lens, a tripod, and my instruction manual (because I am still very much an amateur.
Feedback
I would say in a situation where the weather is a major factor, always carry more than one camera. I choose lenses of different lengths for each camera so that whatever happens, I can grab what is handy and appropriate for the shot. It's impossible to plan ahead and set up while on a driving tour, so my best advice is to be prepared for anything. It's always exciting for me when I don't know what's around the corner.

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