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Old Barn in Black and White

Snow on an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

I took a trip to Utah recently to visit family and managed to get some photos while I was there. I brought only my 35mm Canon EOS 1V, a single 24-105mm lens, a few rolls of Ilford Delta 100 black and white film, and my trusty filters.

My aunt owns an amazing old barn out there that is just dripping with character. The spaces between the wood slats stream beautiful mottled light into the dark interior, the green painted wood exterior is weathered to a gorgeous textured patina, and the tool shed is jam packed with rusty old tools, spare parts, and farming implements.

The place is so stunning that my aunt rents it out for weddings and photo shoots, and she's booked all the way out to September 2013. She also sells seeds, posts gardening tips, and is basically a non-profit animal shelter. Okay, she's not an official non-profit, but at no small expense to herself, she houses, feeds, and cares for just about any animal the dregs of society will drop on her doorstep - and a lot of them do. She does this without complaints and without ever asking for a nickel. Check her out at Green Barn Gardens and support her if you like supporting those who selflessly care for neglected animals.

But anyway, I was like a kid in a candy store photographing this place. I would have been thrilled to spend days shooting it. Seriously. There were endless photo ops. Especially with the fresh snowfall from the night before, the contrast was just superb.

Thankfully, I made the right prediction that black and white film was the way to go on this subject matter. I developed the film myself, which was fun, and really, I just love the look of true B&W film. I think it looks so much better than any Photoshop, SilverFX imitation. I wish I could have had my 4x5 large format camera with me, but alas, the restraints of time and air travel made 35mm the only logical choice.

But I'll stop talking and just let the pictures speak for themselves. Click any image for a larger version. More pictures from this location coming soon.

Snow on an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Interior of an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Interior of an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Interior of an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Reflections in old barn window, Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film