Pembina Valley Photographer Creates Night Landscape Photo of Old Barn

IN THE PEMBINA VALLEY, NOT FAR FROM MORDEN, MANITOBA…

It’s early November, not far out of Miami, MB. There’s snow on the ground, and I can barely hear my boots crunching in the snow due to the howling wind.

After about 10 mins, I reach the old barn. I find my composition, setup my tripod, and get several shots of the night sky.

Pembina valley night sky

These are combined in a program called Sequator to increase the clarity of the stars and to reduce the digital noise from shooting at a high ISO (6400). This is photographic nerd speak that means the image looks better after running it through this program.

Then it’s time to get light painting. I setup my timer for 15 second shutter speeds, and run into place. I use my flashlight to “paint” the light on the barn from different directions.

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Front/side of barn/grass

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Front area of barn

With the sky image complete and the light painted frames edited, I take them into Photoshop where I blend and combine all the images into the final result…

Pembina Valley landscape photography
The Old Barn

I hope you enjoyed this very simple explanation of how I create images like this! Please follow my Instagram and Facebook pages for more Manitoba Nightscapes! Thank you!

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