John Hackett  

Farm house in the fells by John Hackett

May 2022 - Farm house in the fells

About the Image(s)

A farmhouse in the fells of the English Lake District. We could see this view from a holiday cottage that we rented.

6 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
I suppose the first thing that strikes me about this image is that it provides an immediate point of focus which is the very brightly lit gable end of the farmhouse in the distance. So the question is, does that distract the viewer from the rest of the scene which provides the majority of the picture. The title clearly directs the viewer to the farmhouse but is that all you want to look at? Probably it is but in that case I would suggest cropping off the right hand section of trees as you would still retain most of the peaks in the distance. Maybe you could also try to bring up the contrast in the clouds a little.   Posted: 05/07/2022 02:45:07

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Not sure where I feel the focus should be - the bright end of the farmhouse got my immediate attention but the overall look of the trees, the hill, and the clouds were of more interest to me. I agree with Peter in bringing out more in those clouds and perhaps opening up the shadows in those trees. The bright end of that farmouse appears to be leaning to the right.   Posted: 05/07/2022 15:42:55

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
My first thought looking at it was that a storm is coming. To me the sun light is not a problem but is part of the photo showing a change in the weather. Would the farm wall made a little darker not stick out if the photo is in color instead of B&W?   Posted: 05/08/2022 16:03:33

Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
I imagine a storm is brewing, and like the use of B&W to create a sense of foreboding. This makes the photo atmospheric, giving the scene a Gothic-like quality.

The farmhouse appears to lean a little, but this can be easily corrected.   Posted: 05/08/2022 18:48:31

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I agree with the previous comments - I wonder what the image would look like with the right half and top third cropped out. It might make the farmhouse a stronger subject, but still leave enough of the dramatic sky to set the mood, especially if the contrast in the sky was increased.   Posted: 05/08/2022 23:34:19

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
I agree with the critiques already submitted. I think Sheldon's idea would dramatically increase the impact of the image. In addition, more contrast in the sky would add drama and interest.   Posted: 05/16/2022 19:04:27


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