There are no lack of barns where I live. After all the landscape around Shepherdstown is very much rural and agrarian. Farmers rotate the fields between crops of corn, soybeans, and hay. Inbetween these fields, windbreaks of native trees offer cover for a variety of wildlife, and swaths of wildflowers undulate over the rolling terrain. Barns here are never perfect. They all exist in some state of disrepair but that is explicitly their charm. If they were perfectly built, perfectly painted, all dolled up so to speak, they would just not fit right into the landscape. I like them best when they show their age. Weathered boards just barely holding paint, rusted metal roofs, and barn doors hanging askew all provide a unique character to each building.
I have known this barn for many years. It is located on the road leading out of Shepherdstown and I drive by it nearly everyday. I have seen it in all kinds of light and conditions, from morning light to evening light, from fog to snow, in clear blue skies to those shrouded in clouds. But I have never stopped for photography. I have no explanation for this. Usually it is an aspect of time or perhaps laziness that has kept me away. Sometimes you can hold the things near to you for granted. This year though I noticed the hillock adjacent to the barn was covered in Queen Anne's Lace. It is a wildflower I have always loved. Its white blooms and lacy character can fill a field for weeks. Fresh cut hay had just been rolled, the flowers were in bloom, and along with the old barn, I felt that in the right, soft light, there was an image hidden somewhere in the landscape.
Clouds drifting overhead kept the sun at bay and gave me a low contrast sense of light. The ambient light was nearly perfect and the whole landscape seemed to glow ever so slightly. I looked for a composition where I could feature the Queen Anne's Lace as a nice foreground to the barn and capture an image that spoke to the beautiful land around this area. After a few exposures and moving in and around the field I found this composition. And it all just seemed to fit right together.
Camera Details: This image was shot a with a Sony a7II and a Zeiss Distagon T, 21mm. Four images were made, at the same exposure, but with different focus points. All exposures were made at ISO 100, at f11 for 1/40 of a second. Each image received the same basic adjustments in LR, and then all four were opened in PS CC as layers where various masks were employed through Auto-Alignment to achieve a maximum sense of an extended depth of field.