When I taught photography, I would tell my students that the best time to shoot was when the weather turned cold and nasty; rain, snow, fog, whatever; nature at its worst can add a moody element to your work.
I remembered that on the way to an assignment for a commercial client in Richmond, Ill.
Driving down a backroad on a typically winter gray day, I spotted an old red barn  surrounded by bare trees in a field covered with a dusting of snow. Not exactly picture postcard material, but that's fine.
The elements combined to create a moody image that I couldn't resist.
I added the vignette and dialed back the color in post production to add a bit more mood.
More images like this are in the American barns gallery of my online portfolio. 
More of my barn images will be shown at the Grayslake Fine Arts Show, from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at the Grayslake Heritage Center. For more info, visit 
In the dead of winter, with cold winds howling, its time for a blast of warm weather, even if only the type brought on by a photograph.
So we pulled out this one, a grand old barn in a field of grasses near Fox River Grove, Ill., that we captured on the afore-mentioned warm summer's day. With bouncey white clouds against a blue sky to boot.
This particular composition, with the taller grasses lined up perfectly infront of the red barn and a silo peeking out from behind the roof, appealled to me because of the graphic feel that straight line presents.
We added a slight vingnette  and darkened the sky slightly to bring the eye towards the middle of the image, where the red barn sits next to a country road, inhabited by a loan truck.
I hope you like it.
This images and others are available on the American Barns gallery on my website, ernest j schweit photography.
Or contact me at ernestjschweit@sbcglobal.net