In Ruckersville, Virginia, (outside of Charlottesville), my wife, her parents, and some family friends stayed at a cottage for the weekend. The rental was on an 80 acre farm called Dover Foxcroft Farm. It included a pool, a private fishing pond and a very scenic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The red barn on the property was of immediate interest to me. Since I am so much more used to architectural photography than scenic landscape photography, I knew I would want to capture this barn as best I could.
I initially photographed it during the mid afternoon. The sun had moved far enough to the east so that the front wasn’t in complete shade. I tried a number of different perspectives: facing directly at the barn, off to the side, low to the ground, portrait orientation, landscape orientation, etc. The portrait orientation worked out the best in my opinion. I was particularly happy with the skinny cloud (that’s a technical term) adding a leading line to the photo.
But then as dusk settled in later that night, I was given an unexpected surprise. The barn had a automatic flood light that illuminated the front at night. This made me so happy since I love to take photos of buildings at night during the blue hour (the hour after the sun has set). The long exposure gives a nice deep blue color to the sky. And the floodlight brightens up the facade so that it stands out nicely amongst the dark.