Thursday Travel – Photo Challenge Long Description:

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I’ve seen many enthusiastic travel photographers in the WP community with beautiful photography and posts.ย  As a travel photographer myself, I thought of making a new challenge that will gather all of us together.

Thursday Travel is a weekly photo/blog challenge, and I will start it every Thursday with a new subject.

This week I’m proposing the topic “BARNS“. Well, they can be barns, shacks, cabins or like structures, as you had the inspiration to photograph them.

Here is my contribution for November 7, 2019: Ontario Barns Photography

Ontario Barns Photography

About the Thursday Travel challenge

This is about sharing our Travel photography and experiences, whether we go on a trip around the World, or just in the local area.

I’ll come up with a theme every week, and I would love to see your contributions related to the current topic. Please insert the location of your pictures. Want to tell us more about your shots? – That would be GREAT and highly appreciated! Just keep in mind that other people on the Internet may be interested to read about your experience too.

Your blog/posts and photos can be new or from your archives. What matters is sharing your travel experiences with us. All Blog/Posts containing Photos, Paintings or Illustrations are welcome as long as they are your own.

Would you want to promote your work as travel photographers? I invite you to participate in my travel photography group on Facebook called Let’s Travel Together ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you think?

How it works

Tag your blog/posts with #ThursdayTravel and also with the #CurrentTheme if you want. This will make it easier for you to keep track of your posts.
** My site is self hosted ( platform), so I’m not sure about how the pingback will work. You can just insert your link in the “Comments” area. I’ll always reciprocate your likes and comments on your blogs. Let’s Travel Together and do it with all our heart! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Please do not post your links on this page, but rather on my current post!

** Also check Christine’s list of challenges:

Thank you, and I’m looking forward your participation ๐Ÿ™‚


During our travels in Canada, I photographed some of the Ontario barns among other subjects. I find that these type of buildings make a nice esthetic addition to a country landscape. From a photographer’s point of view for instance, barns create an appealing focal point on a rather monotone field. When they are colored it’s even better ๐Ÿ™‚

These red barns in the Lake Erie area Ontario for instance look nice on the yellow field, with great color contrast:

Barns Art Print featuring the photograph Red Barns In Lake Erie Area, Ontario, Canada by Tatiana Travelways

Originally the idea of barns came from the European settlers, and evolved over the centuries. Therefore, there are some architectural differences and influences in building them. I’ve seen many beautiful barns in Canada and USA, from the East to the West coast. As a city “girl” however, I cannot tell you anything about how they were built or why they are as they are. I photographed them only as they appealed to my eye ๐Ÿ™‚

One thing I noticed was the influence of French architecture in some. I just love those with two slope roofs. I sow them in Quebec of course, Eastern Ontario and also in Atlantic Canada.

The beautiful Ontario barns

It is definitely worth taking a road trip in the Ontario countryside and looking for barns, regardless the season. Some are new, some old and worn out. They all have their stories, and you can try to imagine that by looking at them.

Here is another with a French style roof near Ottawa:

Barn Art Print featuring the photograph The Red Barn by Tatiana TravelwaysI’m not sure why these Ontario barnsย  have red walls, but I’m glad they do ๐Ÿ™‚ This one looks so nice on the green field with the yellow dandelions on it…

Barn Art Print featuring the photograph Red Barn In Ontario, Canada by Tatiana Travelways

You can notice the red color even on some old weathered barns, like this one in the Ottawa area:

Barn Art Print featuring the photograph Old Barn And Silo by Tatiana TravelwaysTo me, old deteriorated or even abandoned places and buildings have a particular charm. Here is one that looks like at one time it was a beautiful barn with red roofs.

Barn Art Print featuring the photograph Still Standing by Tatiana Travelways

I took all the photos above in summer and early fall. However, when it snows in Canada, the Ontario barns will have a totally different look and feel… Some times they get covered by snow and you can hardly see them in the blizzard. – But hey, that’s part of the Ontario barns beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

Barns Art Print featuring the photograph Barns In The Snow by Tatiana Travelways

I like to photograph barns in any types of atmospheric conditions. This one standing on the white farm field in the evening light. It was at the end of a day trip in the area around Ottawa. I just liked their crisp shapes against the cold winter sky.

Winter Art Print featuring the photograph Winter Farm And Barns Ontario by Tatiana Travelways

I have many other photographs of barns in Canada and other places. You can see some of them in my FAA gallery as fine art prints for wall and home decor.

Posted as part of Thursday Travel Photo Challenge – Topic: BARNS.

Thursday Travel Photo Challenge IconShort Description: This is about sharing our Travel Photography and Experiences, whether from a trip around the World, or just in the local area. Please insert the location of your pictures. Some descriptive words would be highly appreciated (Google likes WORDS!). Here is the Thursday Travel Long Description.
* Blog/Posts containing Photos, Paintings or Illustrations are welcome as long as they are your own.
** Tag your posts with #ThursdayTravel and also with the #Barns.
*** Would you like to further promote your work as travel photographers (artists)? I invite you to participate in my travel photography group on Facebook called Letโ€™s Travel Together.

My weekly travel challenge is official ๐Ÿ™‚ If you like to participate, please link your own blog/posts into the comments area here below – Thank you, and Let’s Travel Together! ๐Ÿ™‚

It is no secret that monochrome photography was the first form of photography. Great classic artists mastered it over time. Black and white, or tones of one color work great with candid, photo-journalistic, street and some documentary photography, but not only. Take a look at some of Ansel Adams work for example.

I like colors myself, but in some cases I think that monochrome works better. It always depends on the feeling I want to give to a picture. In this photo for instance, I thought that black and white would be more powerful in showing the abuse of animals. – These monkeys were waiting to be transported over the border between Guatemala and Mexico:

Monkeys waiting to cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico

The photo below is also from Guatemala. It shows a family in Santiago, Guatemala waiting for the bus. I thought that brown/sepia tones would convey a warmer feeling to it:

Santiago Guatemala people - monochrome image

Sometimes I like the humorist aspect of scenes I see. In this case I chose again black and white for a more dramatic feeling. It shows the long waiting line for the flight to the Caribbean in January. – Ottawa airport ๐Ÿ™‚

Caribbean waiting line at Ottawa airport in January

Monochromatic photography can create more artistic images

Here are some I like from Mexico:

Girl feeding pigeons on the Campeche, plaza:

Girl feeding Pigeons in Campeche Plaza black and white photography

Church Mesa in Campeche, Mexico:

Church mesa in Campeche, Mexico

Mayan boy in the Mexico countryside:

Mayan boy in Mexico

Monochromatic photography for historic images

Nevertheless, the monochrome style, especially sepia, looks good in historic scenes, giving them the sense of old. In 2012 I participated in a contest dedicated to the 100 years celebration. I found two historic buildings inย  Ottawa, Canada built in 1912. One was the Chateau Laurier Hotel, the other the Central Train Station. I made them using sepia tones, and looking like old postcards. * I used my own crashed wrinkled sheets of paper as an overlay for both. Here they are:

Chateau Laurier – A Century Of Existenceย – 1st place winner !ย  (Prize: one year free subscription at SmugMug)

Chateau Laurier a centtury of existence
The Antique Central Train Station Building In Ottawa

Old train station in Ottawa, CanadaI uploaded them both to my FAA Black&White and Chromatic gallery and they are available as art prints for wall, home decor and accessories.

Well, as you can see in my FAA gallery, monochromatic photography can go well with many subjects like:


Road Art Print featuring the photograph Road In The Snow Black And White by Tatiana Travelways

Still life:

Apples Art Print featuring the photograph Monochromatic Apples by Tatiana Travelways

Even Floral subjects:

Lace Art Print featuring the photograph Lace-like Inflorescence by Tatiana Travelways

As a bonus, I have this Organ Grinder photo I took in Hamburg, using black and white and selective coloring:

Organ Art Print featuring the photograph Organ Grinder by Tatiana Travelways

I hope you enjoyed my Monochromatic photography. I have many more, but for some further posts ๐Ÿ™‚

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome

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