A few days ago I was driving through King and saw a barn that I had seen some time before. I wasn't able to do much with it at that time because it was completely overgrown with vines and weeds. However, this last time I drove by, I noticed that not only were the weeds gone, the siding had been stripped off of the shell as well. This was a little odd to see a barn at this stage and it made it rather interesting to me. I wanted to come back at a time when the sky was interesting, without waiting too long in case they were coming back out to finish the removal of wood.
Based on the forecast and what I had been watching the sky do all day long, I thought that I might have a good chance at getting some interest in the sky after work. Without giving it much thought, I went ahead and loaded the camera up and headed out to King. When I got there, the sky was a little bit blah on the side that I was interested in, and much more interesting on the other side. I decided to shoot from both sides and see what I could come up with.
I started with my 24-70mm which is a great lens for shooting barns, but for some reason, I wasn't getting the "look" I wanted with this one. I needed something more dramatic, so I swapped the lens for a 16-35mm for a little more perspective distortion and a sweeping feel. I added a 3-Stop ND Grad to round out the optics to help keep the detail in the sky.
|The Forgotten Corner|
The better lighting was from the other side of the barn, but the trade off was a much less interesting sky to work with. The ND Grad helped a bit, but I needed something to punch up the contrast even more. I started to think in terms of black and white and I could see the tonalities working rather well in that visual realm. I shot the scene in color, but I had full intentions on converting to monochrome and applying a red filter to boost the contrast a good bit.
|Only the Framework|