I got permission to access the neighbor's property to get a better view of this old barn. The property is across the lake/pond from the barn and there are viewpoints from a small hill on down to the lake. I took several quick shots to take back and study so that I could go back (without husband) and spend some time on the shot.
Here are a few of the shots. They are in various stages of processing so I'm not looking for C&C on them but rather looking for 2 things:
1. What do you think is the best composition or vantage point for reshooting?
2. The barn is north of the property I have access to. What time of day or lighting conditions should I be planning for? Golden light of early morning or late evening or a bright overcast or partly cloudy day? This seems like a really basic question at this stage for me but I'm not confident so I wanted to ask.
Even though this is a neighbor, access is not easy so I'd like to make the most of my time. Also, I'm thinking I should get there before the trees get full of leaves which is not far off. I'm leaning toward #1 or a crop of #4. They don't give total separation between the foreground trees and the barn but I like part of the "island" framing the water against the opposite shore.
#1 This is the lowest perspective I considered. I like that the openings to the stalls show some. Any lower and the front trees block too much of the barn. I like the bare tree on the right as a balance. I like at least some of the lake showing even though it is not the subject.
#2 Mostly to show what's available on the west side of the barn which I don't find much of interest. It's from a higher perspective giving separation from the foreground cedar trees and the barn.
3. Another higher perspective but with the barn on the left third which I think I want.