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Step Back In Time

Step Back In Time
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 4 N: 322] (1185)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 16-35 mm USM L, B+W 77mm UV_Haze MRC
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-20 20:18
Viewed: 2361
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an old abandon barn and farm house on Rt. 108 near the town of Eldred, Illinois.

A road trip day with my wife and good friends, Scott and Lisa Hale. I love to find and photograph these old barns that are rapidly dissapearing from the landscape. Scott Hale's most recent post was a great B&W conversion on an old wooden barn that had some unique architectural features that we found on this road trip. The foundation of this barn is made of fire glazed blocks, so I am guessing this barn may be about 80-90 years old. The abandon farm house appeared to have been constructed of field stone with very thick 18 inch walls. They were sitting out in a corn field that had recently been harvested. This area is a flood plain for the Illinois River, and extremely flat. The tree line in the backround is actually a limestone bluff that was probably the edge of the river thousands of years ago.

With the modern farming practices, these old barns are obsolete. Most farming in this area of the country is grain farming, and the size of a large combine is almost as big as this barn. These barns no longer have a use to the farmers, so most are left to the elements to eventually destroy them.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-09-20 20:40]

It is sad to see the buildings deteriorate like this. But this barn doesn't look too bad at all - comparing it to NZ standards. NZ had mostly wooden houses and farm sheds built 100+ years ago, and they have rotted quicker than these would. Many of our old farmhouses are in very bad disaray.
Well composed Scott. You have fttted both buildings in the shot perfectly - and the sky is certainly beautiful. Interesting notes too.

hi Scott - I like the POV here, there is almost a "v" shape formed by the buildings with us, the viewers, at the apex. That appeals to me very much. I love the intesnse blue of the sky but for some reason the positioning of the cloud bothers me, coming out of the side of the building. Aesthetically I'd have preferred it more overhead - couldn't you have waited a bit? :-)

Seriously, a well composed and well balanced shot with great colours and detail. Good note as well!

hello!wonderful shot!fantastic colours and POV!great old buildings!tfs

Hi Scott,
Superb colours and sharpness in this picture. Such simple subject, so well captured and presented. The composition is excellent, with the large barn in the FG and the three smaller (increasing in size) in the BG. All together an attractive presentation my friend!

:) Later...

Hello Scott,

Haven,t seeen you around awhile, wellcome back, I would love to have an old abonding place like that to just totly restore. excllent capture well composed and great balanced photo. excllent details very crisp, excllent colors Bg POV well done and TFS Kyle

Hi Scott,

great composition, depth of view.

I have some long range photo's of this but nothing like this. I like the Point-Of-View here as well as the colors.
I think this was a very neat barn and clever of you to capture it from this angle.
Nice capture of the whispy clouds....the day was perfect for landscape photography. I cannot wait to see your white barn shot from Carlinville posted here to accompany this one.
Happy Birthday! (a day late)

Hi Scott,
This is one of the things I like so much about the US, the many abondoned buildings one can find in the landscape. Here in western Europe most are taken down before you have a change to capture them.
I like the sky in this photo a lot, and how it contrast with the rusty roof and the brown wood and brickwork. The fact that you got so much empty space around the barn gave you the perfect POV and composition.

Hello Scott,
That barn seems to be able for a few more years...
A fine construction with bricks for the ground storey!
Good point of view and a great composition, I like the emphasis on the barn with the residential unit in the back...
Good colours and a wonderful sky!
Pablo -

Hi Scott,
A rare,old style barns, this kind of construction don´t exist here.I lioke the perspective you´ve chosen. Echoes from another times.

Nicely done Scott. I'm glad to see you found some interesting subjects in the midwest. I like these a lot. I hope you got some of the farmhouse in the bg, because I like that a lot, too. IMHO I would crop a bit from the top, and make a bit more of a pano crop, because I don't see much interest in the sky, and it would give it more of a flat plains/prairie feeling, and emphasize the deeling of the 16mm more. But I do like this a lot.

Scott sorry for being such a lazy lous.. missed a lot of good shots from you like this one.
I like photo's like this..glamour of yesterday and what could they tell us .. right?
Good eye here my friend TFS
* be back

  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-27 5:04]

Hello Scott,

Very beautiful country scenery and colors.
Excellent perspective and light.
Congratulations and TFS

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