I am always jealous of photographers who live near the mountains.
They have such gorgeous landscapes on which place their work.
"Flatlanders" like we Midwesterners aren't as lucky. We have relatively flat terrain (in most areas), although some of it is populated by beautiful grasses and corn stalks.
One way to overcome that obstacle is to place something interesting in the foreground: a fence, a stone, anything that will anchor that area of the picture and draw the eye to it.
That's what we had in mind when we came upon this rural scene on our recent day trip to southern Wisconsin.
Maximum depth of field brought the barn in the background into acceptable focus.
More of our barns are featured in a gallery on our online portfolio: 
I've learned that the most beautiful barn in the world can look boring and uninteresting if its not surrounded by  a wonderful landscape.
On a recent foggy morning in southern Wisconsin we found this old place on a hillside, with cows grazing in foreground.
"Ok," I thought. "A pretty cool shot, but its missing something."
So we found a convenient pine tree and shot through the branches.
The branches provided a nice natural frame for the barn and hyped up the perspective a bit.
My only regret from this morning of shooting was that color in the the trees hadn't hadn't peaked. But even with on line color guides, you've still got to be lucky.

 I traveled to southern Wisconsin on a recent weekend searching for fall color and old barns. 
As luck would have it, the weather man dialed up a foggy morning, which I love for making moody images.
We found ourselves in the Dodgeville/Ridgeway,  area early in the morning when we shot this old place atop a hill overlooking a a fog shrouded pasture of cows.
Like all our images, this one's available through the barn gallery our web site, ernestjschweitphotography.com 
or by emailing me at ernestjschweit@sbcglobal.net.
Watch this blog for more images from our trip.