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Old rugged barn nestled in frosted trees.

Old rugged barn nestled in frosted trees.
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simonpics PRO
 
simonpics February 25, 2013
A Classic !
jojoxena
 
jojoxena February 25, 2013
Gorgeous, I love the contrast. You should put this in the winter comtest too.
IvaDanailova
 
IvaDanailova February 26, 2013
This is very beautiful :) i love it
carol_bradshaw_4069
 
carol_bradshaw_4069 February 26, 2013
Awesome shot!
beetlestone
 
beetlestone February 26, 2013
Gorgeous!!!!!!!
Monty
 
Monty February 26, 2013
Nice shot. Something about the barn makes it.
sunsetnurveins
 
sunsetnurveins February 28, 2013
like this alot!
Verlynne
 
Verlynne March 01, 2013
Beautiful!
tanyachapin
 
tanyachapin March 05, 2013
LOVE THIS! Beautiful!
Michaeljae
 
Michaeljae March 07, 2013
Nice photo!
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rabbottbrailey March 18, 2013
Beautiful. Voted.
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estercastillo08 March 18, 2013
Wonderful , voted
babcia
 
babcia March 18, 2013
Pretty!
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IsabellaD March 20, 2013
Beautiful shot, voted!
photosue50
 
photosue50 March 20, 2013
Pretty shot
mailsmc
 
mailsmc March 21, 2013
Nice, Voted!
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mailsmc March 31, 2013
Great shot! Voted
GordonD PRO
 
GordonD April 30, 2013
fabulous, congratulations!
PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography May 28, 2013
Beautiful!

Behind The Lens

Location
On a country road near Moorhead, Minnesota.
Time
It was mid-morning.
Lighting
Honestly, this was the perfect morning for lighting. The fog had just lifted and left beautiful frost and a bright blue sky. I knew that I couldn't wait too long as the frost would be short lived as soon as the sun started shining.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D5100 with a wide angle Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens. No tripod, lens or filters.
Inspiration
I initially wanted a landscape scene that showed rural Minnesota in the wintertime. When we came upon this farmstead with the old rugged barn nestled in the frosted trees, I knew I had to take the shot.
Editing
Amazingly the only post-processing for this photo was cropping. The barn had two sets of doors. One for the hayloft and the other double door below was for storage. They actually had the doors wide open that morning with an old 1980's model pick-up just inside. After looking at the photo in Adobe Photoshop, I decided to try a different approach. I zoomed in and took the top corner of the barn focusing on the cupolas and the hayloft door. I felt I had framed the trees perfectly for this type of crop.
In my camera bag
I always have my trusty Nikon D5100 in my Tamarac bag as I like to carry light while I'm hiking or moving about. I currently have only four lenses in my bag. The two Nikkor lenses that came standard in the kit, my Nikkor wide angle lens that I used for this photograph and a Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G. I have two different filters for my wide angle lens - a polarized and clear. I opted to have these filters as I use my wide angle lens regularly. I also have a LensPen DSLR Pro Kit and a couple of hoods. Sometimes I carry a flash mount level when I use a tripod and a pen and notepad for writing notes.
Feedback
Don't be afraid to hop in the car and scout out the countryside. I have found great shots just by taking a drive. It is best if you are the passenger that way you can really focus on your surroundings and not just on driving. Once I have identified some spots I sometimes wait for the perfect moment to take photographs of a subject I've already scouted. I try to imagine what the subject would look like I different lighting during the day and also during different seasons. Photography is like farming, the harvest will be good only if the weather cooperates. One last thing, don't be afraid to look at a photo differently by using the cropping tool. The cropping tool is what made this photograph stand out.

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