*This is the first in a new series of blogs I’m going to write about ‘The story behind the shot’, my insight into the reason I took a particular photograph. They won’t be in any date order, I’ll just choose a photo I like either for it’s personal, technical or subject appeal and expand on the how, what and why etc. I hope you enjoy reading them, so without further ado…….
The title of this photograph pretty much says it all – it’s a barn and it was captured in wintertime, I’ve chosen this to be the first in this series because it’s one of my favourites, I like rustic barns within in the landscape, add a bit of frost (or snow) and I’m sold!
This was taken on a cold January morning, the type landscape photographers wished there were more of, overnight a deep hoar frost had developed and trees were covered in crispy white ice crystals. I’d been taking photos at another location not too far away since before dawn, once finished there I made my way to see this barn which I had visited on previous occassions but had not yet taken a picture, the main reason for this is that there’s nowhere to park on the road near to it which is single lane country road, it’s not a busy road but I didn’t want to hold anyone up on their way to work, as luck would have it I saw someone on their driveway nearby and asked if they minded me parking there for a while, happily they agreed.
The area around this location is quite hilly in places, so although sunrise was a couple of hours earlier the sun had only just breached the horizon so to speak, the frost had melted from the background trees but the ground was still covered. Every other time I’ve been here there were horses in the field but not this morning, this may actually be a stable but I’m going to stick with barn anyway.
The reason I like it so much is, as mentioned earlier, the subject is one that appeals to me personally, the building itself has a nice rustic charm with it’s weathered wooden facade and roof tiles a couple of which are missing, the sunlight is coming from the perfect direction illuminating the door with window above, the sky has a hint of blue with enough warmth to suggest a lovely crisp winter morning, which indeed it was. The surrounding landscape has a good depth to it with a touch of mist rising from the river in the far distance, I composed the shot to include an area of shadow in the foreground which I hope helps lead the eye through the scene, in processing I tried to maintain a natural look in both light and colour to how it was on the actual day. I’m a firm believer that there is no such thing as the perfect photograph but overall I’m very pleased with the result and hope you like it too.
For those interested in the technical details it was taken with a Nikon D800E, 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 36mm, 1/320 sec, f11, ISO400 with a -1/3EV under the suggested exposure in aperture priority, the camera was on tripod and normally I’d choose a lower ISO but there was a bit of a breeze and I wanted to ensure the foreground grasses weren’t moving, I dialled the exposure down a bit as the histogram showed it was peaking a bit too far in the highlights as a result of the bright area in the sky on the right of the image. I shoot all my photographs in RAW format and then process them in Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.
*Imported from my previous blog, first published Sept ’16
edit: I’ve just realised ‘featuring’ the image at the top of the post has chopped the top and bottom off (I’ll get the hang of this blogging thing one day!) you can see the whole photo here Winter barn