Sagging Barn

And the truck is sporting some nice vines, too

Perspective is everything—straight lines aren’t always rendered straight unless you get the camera in the exact right position.

In the above image, it looks like the sagging barn has a raised roof on both ends. But look at the next image, where I corrected my position to get square with the barn: the left side is not actually pointing up.

The difference is a small difference in perspective. In the first image, I was tilting the camera a small amount which distorted the relationships in the image. In the second image, I took a moment to get my bearings.

The second image is also a panorama, made up of three shots to get a wider view, to add a little space around the barn to let it ‘breathe’. I would have had to stand in the middle of the road to get that wide of a shot, but then I would have had a fence in the view as well. The panorama seemed to be the best option to get a clean shot.

These were shot with the new 50mm F/1.2 lens on the Sony A7r IV. I had a lot of fun with it; I drove around Enumclaw looking for interesting things to take pictures of. I haven’t used a 50mm lens for a long time—several years at least, maybe much longer. Having just one lens, I had to think carefully about how to frame shots, what kinds of things to shoot, and so on. Paying that much attention was fun; I saw the world in new ways, which is why I like to take photographs: I see the subject of the photo more intensely that I could just staring at it.

The 50mm lens is a miracle worker; one of the highest quality and sharpest lenses I have ever shot with in the 35mm format. It renders color really accurately, too. Fun to shoot with, and fun to process the images. It gives me a lot to work with.