This barn has lost the outer layer of horizontal wood planks. The nails that once held the planks are still there and visible when you look closely. A few splinters of wood and one last plank, half fallen to the ground are left, but the building still stands straight and tall, as if defying gravity and time–but only for a little while longer. You can still see a lighter colored horizontal stripe where the diagonal plank in the bottom right corner of the photo once was attached to the building.
I love the contrast of the straight planks with the horizontal planks that are uneven and rough, having been weathered, split and rotted away by sun, rain and wind.
I felt that the last hanging splintered pieces of wood and the last falling plank added character to a photo of otherwise relatively straight vertical and horizontal lines of old faded wood. The rusty metal sheets at the bottom and the green grass add some color and texture contrast to the photo.
The sky was mostly overcast and it was evening. I chose to use the shade white balance, the equivalent of a warming filter and shot two thirds of a stop down when capturing this shot. A little saturation work in a graphics application and the final result is what you see here.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the result.