This is a photograph I took just last week during a short trip to New York. It’s my favorite recent photo, of a barn at an apple orchard in upstate New York. The place is Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard and my daughter and I and some friends visited as the beginning of apple picking season was just kicking off. The orchard is is more than a century old and is beautiful, with large sweeping vistas of the surrounding hillsides and the facility has been recently renovated, updated and expanded into a fantastic place.
Part of the renovations include a new apple barn and that’s what caught my eye. The construction is new, but with a time-honored style of board & batten walls painted the traditional ‘barn red’. Couple that with a rich blue sky, courtesy of a gorgeous day, and the simple geometric angles, and I couldn’t pass up the photo op.
Using the vintage style light fixture as a focal point, I placed it in the upper right third of my composition. I shot it with my 24-70mm lens zoomed in all the way to crop out a few distracting elements and to simplify the look.
We had a really great day picking and eating fresh, juicy apples. We bought a few souvenirs and thoroughly enjoyed spending a fun afternoon with people we care about. Truly a day I will remember for a very long time.