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.

© David Guidas
Panasonic GX1, G Vario 14-140


  One thought on “Missing an element?

  1. June 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve thought about doing something similar, but I was thinking of leaving a letter in the mail box with my phone number. Good luck.

  2. StephenBrassawe
    June 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Let’s hope you luck out and get permission. I am sure the upshot of that would be some fascinating photos if this one is any indication.

  3. Chloe
    June 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

    nice lines, i’d like to creep around that place & take photos

  4. June 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I love this, David! The fancy designs on old houses are amazing. I hope you do get another chance to check out this place. I would love to see more.

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