I'll make my excuses first - middle of the day, bright sun, traveling with non-photographers. by the time we left everyone was yelling at me to get out of the building and into the car! I could have spent hours looking for patterns and points of interest...
I walked around 3 sides of this building trying to figure out the best angles and light. There were also some newer structures above that I was trying to block out. Is side light best for texture with me at 90 degrees of the sun? Or is behind and to the side better? Or is there no set rule? If I could actually choose to go back, would I want to be there before the sun was on the building at all? It seems to me that photo #2 has the best light.
The first shot is included for reference only. It's not sharp focus and severely cropped - taken as I was hanging out the car door on a narrow shelf road with other vehicles behind us (more crazy excuses ).
For those who like old buildings and a little history. This is an ore reduction mill - Frisco Bagley Mill. It was built at another location and then assembled outside Animas Forks (now a ghost town) in 1912. For more info: http://www.historycolorado.org/sites...RSR/5SA165.pdf