|This is a nice photo of an old building. I'd say your score reflects that.
But it's a pretty straight-on shot, with minimal visual interpretation. There's nothing breathtaking about it, and your score also reflects that.
Finally, when I first saw it, I thought "oh, a nice cottage in the woods." And that conveyed emotions of happiness. Whereas your title indicates you were going for abandonment. That stronger emotion needs a photo that grabs you or jangles your nerves.
There are two or three things you could try differently here to better convey abandonment. Two mean reshooting it, and the last means reprocessing it.
All of these are aimed at conveying stronger emotions.
1) Try a different angle. Low down along one wall, looking up diagonally. Looking down the length of the porch. Stepping back some and almost losing the outline in the trees. Those are just my ideas sitting here at my desk. Go try them out and try out anything else that strikes your fancy. Digital's wonderful for allowing you to play around.
Here's an example of something that'd be much less interesting straight-on:
2) Try different lighting arrangements. Even with the sun, you can vary it. For example, you could put the sun directly behind the chimney, which would darken the details, enhancing the dreariness. Or you could shoot from the inside looking out, like this pic:
I don't necessarily mean focus only on the window, but do you see how the brightness outside contrasts with the dim, emotionally draining interior?
3) Try this in B&W. I find that to convey negative emotions, esp. sadness, abadonment, despair, etc., B&W is terrific. Depending on the angle of the shot, you might be able to get a feeling of the trees looming over the house.
Look at this one, for example:
Those are just some ideas. Basically, they come down to trying angles, lighting, and post-processing beyond the typical "stand in front and shoot it" thing.
Message edited by author 2006-08-04 13:57:05.