Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Black & White Photography

Tree House

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and it was exposed for 1/320 sec. @f/4.

When I saw this building I knew I just had to photograph it. There it was. Just sitting off this little dirt road that came off of a small two lane country road, and nestled underneath this fantastic looking tree. At first glance it looks like an old fashioned Out House.

However, I’ve never seen an Out House with flow through ventilation; and I do have some experience in using such an edifice . It’s not a storage shed, for the same reason; open windows. The other option is that it is a Bus Stop. If it is, I would surmise that it is a School Bus Stop. Interestingly, though, the door is on the opposite side of the back wall that faces the road. Usually a School Bus Stop would be facing the road, not turned away from it like this one is.

So, what could it be? Well, since it is close to a house, and under a tree with it’s back to the road, I would say… I really have no idea of what kind of a building it is. And I was not about to go up and check it out. After all, I was out in the country, by myself, next to a dirt road and this old farmhouse was close by. No telling who would have been watching me, or even worse.

So, I took the photo and was on my way as quickly as I could go. This is as dangerous as I want to get in being a Documentary Photographer, but I do like the finished result. It was worth the risk and I hope you like it as well…

Oh, if you click on the photo you will get a bigger and better image than what you see here...


  1. Very nice! The contrast in the photo is amazing. If this was just a tree photo it would be beautiful...but would not be near as "vocal" as with this little shed. You were right to stop and shoot this...your eyes didn't lie:) The proof is in the final product. Way to Go!

  2. Nice shot! I'd have to say bus stop, even with the door facing the other way. Depending on wind/weather, sometimes the doors were placed in odd places to keep some of the weather out.

    My other guess, depending on the surrounding area and peoples, would be a hunting shack.

    I like the close up a bunch. But it leaves me curious as to what the whole tree looks like(Shape of top/outline) as well as to what a shot including a bit more road would look like. Maybe back a bit more to include more of the tree and road, though that would take more of the focus off the shack... But I be a curious one. =)

  3. Just want to say thanks to all of you for your comments and for viewing the photo, and even for reading the post. I enjoy the little bit of writing that I do almost as much as the photography itself...

    And if I made you think, made you question then the photo was a success. That, partly, is what I was aiming for...

    Thanks... :-)

  4. great contrast ... love how dark it is. gorgeous.