Photo Ops Are All Around You

“I feel a responsibility to my backyard. I want it to be taken care of and protected.”—Annie Leibovitz

When making an image I don’t always have any specific goal in mind, other than “I’d like to make a nice photo,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.


I conducted a workshop called “Right in Your Own Backyard” at the FOTOfusion conference a few years ago that was based on the premise that you needn’t travel halfway around the world when great photo ops are closer to home. When showing an image made, literally, in my backyard, one of the students asked, “How did you make that picture.” Answering was difficult because it addressed the thought processes going on while an image is created but I never got that question out of my head.

I try take take a walk every business day although I must admit that, these days, it’s not as easy as the past. When I lived north of Denver I was better at meeting that goal. On these walks, I always brought along a camera and walked by this farm, that’s now sadly gone. One of my self assignments has always been about photographing barns; you can read about by clicking that link.

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 50D with  EF 28–90mm f/4-5.6 kit lens and an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/11 and ISO 200. It was shot in color and converted to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro.

Author: Joe Farace

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