Inside the round barn.

Inside the round barn.

The Hancock Shaker Village’s well-known landmark is this big round barn. It’s pretty neat to see from the outside, but the inside is what really struck me. The whole two-level space is very open, and because it’s mostly just framed, it has a very geometric look. Combine that with the great ceiling, and I just knew I had to try to capture it. In the center running vertically is a chute for hay to feed the animals that were kept in the barn.

You can see a line of windows around the second level (totally blown out to white), and they let the sun in to light the ceiling well. I also used two Nikon SB-900s (at about 45 degrees to the left and 45 degrees to the right of the camera) to cast some directional light on the lower levels. I think this may be my favorite shot from our Berkshires vacation.

See the original on Flickr.

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