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Tobacco Barn--North Carolina

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I have a fascination with barns as they deteriorate, and return to the earth. There is something beautiful to me as they fall apart. I was driving in the mountains in the corner where North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee come together, where tobacco is no longer king, and the barn, the sky the setting, they all worked for me.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-510
Lens:Zuiko 14-42mm.
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jun 2009 - 3:33 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Creative (Slow speed)
Metering Mode:Pattern+AF
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Tobacco Barn--North Carolina
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:4 Jan 2013 - 4:44 AM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
4 Jan 2013 - 5:18 AM

The clouds does provide a great background for this lovely barn ! Amazing how deteriorating wooden structures make for great photos Smile

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:14 AM

I like this photo. Well composed and works well in BW.
Some of the cloud has lost detail and is nearly pure white, the amount of sky maybe caused by slight over exposure, or it could be down to your BW conversion.
I'm not sure what exposure mode creative (slow speed) is but it would have been better to use a slower shutter speed and a smaller aperture of say f11.
The middle range of apertures f5.6/f8/f11 will give deeper depth of field (more in focus front to back) and use the best quality part of the lens.
regards
Ian

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:22 PM

Your composition is good, Peter, and it's an ideal subject for a mono conversion.
The extremely white cloud is very dominant and eye-catching, taking attention away from your subject, which is the barn.
The tree growing through the barn looks to be in better focus than the barn itself. Perhaps you focused on the tree instead of the barn.
In my modification, I cropped, toned down the white of the cloud and selectively sharpened the barn.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 4 Jan 2013 - 9:26 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 8:20 AM

I'm not so keen. The huge cumulus cloud is extremely dominant and over powers the image. The barn, although you obviously appreciate them, is not really a very attractive or interesting building. This is a subjective comment, of course. Technically I have no problems.

Paul

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