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I love old run down houses.  Many photographers do. You see photos all of the time with a beautiful woman standing in the doorway of a weathered old barn or farmhouse.  For many the draw seems to be the beauty and texture of weathered wood.  My husband loves old houses because he can visualize the history of the house in his mind.  He tells me he can see a young couple moving into the house when they first got married, and then eventually a baby or two.  He sees the whole story in his head all the way to the point where the couple is old, and still living in the house.  None of these are the main reason that I love old run down houses. I love old run down houses because their guts are exposed.  I get a thrill at the parts that have started to fall apart but are still standing.

This past summer, as we were driving home from a family vacation, I spotted this beautiful old house at the side of a secondary highway in southern Alberta.

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @36mm 1/320sec f/8, ISO 200

Nikon D300 24-70mm @24mm 1/60 sec @f/5.6, ISO 200

This is the part that gives me a thrill, the raw guts of the house. I’m also really impressed with the lack of graffiti in this house.

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @62mm 1/250sec f/9, ISO 200

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @35mm 1/200sec f/9, ISO 200

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @34mm 1/250sec f/10, ISO 200

I really wanted to climb the stairs and take a look around.  However the mother in me was concerned that if the stairs or floor did cave in my husband would either have to bring our 3 year old son inside the house to rescue me, or leave him locked in the car.  I also learned that I need to take the lens hood off if I use the pop-up flash, as you can see its shadow at the bottom of the photo.

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @34mm 1/250sec f/9, ISO 200

Here I used the pop up flash to bring out the detail on the wall.  I think this particular view gives a good sense of the entire surrounding.

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @48mm 1/250sec f/9, ISO 200

I did the same thing here, but closed in more to simply frame the photo.

Nikon D300 24-70mm F2.8 @48mm 1/250sec f/9, ISO 200

For this photo I didn’t use the pop up flash, in order to get more of a silhouette.

When I look at the last 3 photos I can’t decide which I prefer: the last one where the door frame is silhouetted, or the one where I pulled back and used to flash to convey the surroundings.  I know the one in the middle is my least favourite. What do you think?

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