Stills V3

May 26, 2010

Hillside Barn – 53N

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:18



  1. I think that you need to reduce by 10 pixels or so on the vertical with portrait mode as this needs a bit of scrolling to see it all, which is a pity.

    I certainly recognize the scene as being typical of semi-upland farming with old bits lying around such as the bath. The sweep from roof to ground is an imaginative choice of pov that allows the hills to be accommodated by looking through rather than past the shed. Monochrome helps give a feel for the bleakness. A bit of a Ravilious touch to this.

    Was reflected light from the snow helping to illuminate the underside of the roof?

    Comment by zavaell — May 28, 2010 @ 07:17

    • Editor’s comment….just changed this to the site size limit.

      Comment by colinjago — May 28, 2010 @ 08:22

  2. Not much of a barn is it; only partial roof, no walls, but it does have a bathtub.

    On a technical note, nothing is quite sharp in the frame, as if the aperture wasn’t sufficient for the DOF required.

    Comment by alofsm — May 29, 2010 @ 13:32

  3. On the technical front i wonder if the apparent softness is just a lack of a smidgen of USM.

    Comment by Rex — May 29, 2010 @ 20:51

  4. I like the play between the structure of the barn and that of the trees.

    I’m told that I often take pictures of things through other things. This shot has an interesting effect as I scroll it on the webpage. As it becomes square with the top of the frame scrolling off the top of the screen it becomes a picture of the end wall of the house in a barn-frame and probably close to the picture I would have made. Scrolling back and forth between the two “versions” has been very instructive to me.

    Comment by colinjago — May 31, 2010 @ 12:43

  5. Not much extra snow is needed to finish this old barn down.

    Everything I need to know about the barn is here, what is outside the frame can be imagined. Interesting to see a sky filled with roof and the lower half of the picture being more open.

    Grateful you shared this with us.

    Comment by rhoehne — June 3, 2010 @ 11:28

  6. Its very atmospheric — both the structure and surrounds. The somewhat soft, “gritty” feeling of it seems suitable.

    Comment by Christina — June 4, 2010 @ 03:44

  7. Before looking at comments, the thing that struck me was the point of view. This is one of those photos that makes me feel, “Why in blue blazes don’t I have such interesting ideas?” Everything I wanted to say has pretty much been said. I love the way the framing brings me around the photo then back to my starting point only to send me out exploring all over again.

    Comment by anitajesse — June 7, 2010 @ 03:44

  8. Thanks everyone. Much here to digest, but I feel privileged to have been given even a touch of Ravillious, who I admire both for his work, but also because he was a part of his community and not just outside.

    I think the softness is WordPress downsizing after my mistake in posting too big.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 10, 2010 @ 20:11

  9. I keep thinking of Edwin Smith meets the New Topographics. Maybe a little light in the shadows – feels a little unnatural – but that’s picking nits.
    I like the blend of the geometric of the roof and the more hap-hazard of the view underneath.

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2010 @ 01:38

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