Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fenland barns

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Fenland barns are not like the barns I grew up with. In fact some of them appear to be not so much barns as aircraft hangers, each successive generation of buildings bigger than the previous. The stone-built barns of the Yorkshire Dales are smaller, more domestic in character, with architectural ornaments - finials, datestones and the like - and seem a natural part the landscape. Those of the wide open spaces look strictly utilitarian, industrial even. But, where the Dales barns are largely redundant in terms of modern farming but find alternate use converted into picturesque homes, those of the Fens are still heavily used for machinery storage, as crop stores, etc.

I came upon this group of barns near Spalding in Lincolnshire. I don't imagine they were all erected at the same time. Probably they are sequence put up over the years as the farmer's requirement for space increased. I liked the strong shape that their shadowed shapes presented against the finely figured sky.

photograph and text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Canon
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 24mm
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Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 100
Exposure Compensation: -0.33 EV
Image Stabilisation: On