Missing an element?
I’ve passed this old farmhouse a few times and even managed to grab a photo of it in the past. I liked the old warmth of it and would love to get closer to take detail shots. I don’t think it’s inhabited and I don’t want to simply trespass, so I’m holding out hope that some time when I drive by there will be a neighbor or somebody around who I can ask about the house – and hopefully get permission to take more photos.
The photo I took in the past was a straight on shot of the entire porch. I didn’t care for the photo and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t show what I thought I saw. It was a too quick shot taken during a drive-by and wasn’t that good technically, but I realized the straight on shot just didn’t work. So I knew I had to try again when I was in the area. As I approached the house today I immediately realized the angle from the approach was the one I needed to get the right feel, not the straight on shot. Along with a little tighter composition instead of trying to show the whole front of the house, which put more emphasis on the old swing.
It works for me although I still think the photo is missing an element. It needs a person, or at least a dog or animal on the porch. I would be surprised if I ever see someone or something on the porch but when I do I’ll definitely try again.