Barn at Brevard College.

Barn at Brevard College.
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photoAce November 15, 2013
Thank you, judges for recognizing a great subject. The sepia effect didn't hurt wouldn't you say?
Taken with a Canon 35 MM SLR back in the early 80's. Captured with Digital Prism photo converter. Edited with Photo Explosion. Many corruptions that originally destroyed the picture were removed by carefully retouching the photograph. No fancy algorithms were used, just pick and past add tedium.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on the campus of Brevard College in Brevard, N.C.. It is located in the Appalachian mountains near Asheville. This barn is a relic hold over from the farm that was donated to the college for it's founding. It is sometimes used by the theatrical arts department to offer plays to small groups.
The picture was taken near mid day in the early afternoon while the sun was high in the sky.
A hazy partially clouded sky typical for this high altitude setting offered soft shadows allowing for clarity and good details to show in the shaded areas.
A Canon 35 mm SLR camera with a 55 mm lens was handheld at eye level and at about 75 yards.
Being on the yearbook photography staff, I was requested to take the picture for the school's annual, the Pertelote. However, another similar picture was chosen which was back lit with the sun peaking over the silo silhouetting the entire building in harsh shadows and making it almost unrecognizable.
Since the picture dates from 1980, it has suffered some damage in storage. Thus, it was touched up after being scanned into the computer. A "Digital Prism" scanner was used to capture the photograph. "Microsoft Paint" was used to remove a few of the worst scratches. The photo was then cropped for best appearance.
In my camera bag
I didn't normally carry an entire bag of tricks since I was borrowing the lead photographer's camera at the time.
I think that a hazy partial overcast atmosphere is the trick to getting good definition in the shade. Don't use wide angle as that distorts the field of view. Step back as far as you can and capture the whole scene then crop in post as to get the exact feeling you are looking for. This way you can make several variants from one photo. If you crop while taking the photo, you might find that you have left out an important element that is lost forever.

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