As a reminder, here is a shot of the house (both in color and in B&W), which has been the subject of previous posts.
Ambient lighting can make an enormous difference in the quality of the images, and no amount of post processing can fully make up for those differences. The above shots illustrate the bright, early morning sunlight that was being reflected off the front of the house. Here is another shot from that morning.
The light is beautifully warm but does create a sharp shadow.
Here are a couple of shots also of the front of the house taken around midday, when the sun was still nicely catching the clapboards.
I liked the reflections in the windows of the above shot, but I haven't been able to figure out what caused them.
As a contrast, here is a shot of the front (east side) from the following afternoon when the sun was on the west side of the house.
Once Daylight Saving Time ends in November, sunset comes early in Milwaukee. I returned around 4 pm on the second day and was able to catch the sunset behind the house.
When I took these two photos, I felt that I needed to overexpose the shots in order to expose the house adequately. It wasn't until post processing that I realized that the primary subject of these shots was not the house but the sky. The house simply served to provide some context and interest to the shot. So while I overexposed the shots in the taking, I underexposed them in post processing in order to bring out the colors in the sky.
Here is another sunset shot taken the next evening.
I had learned that I should underexpose the shot, even though it left the house largely in the dark, to make richer the colors of the evening sky. All of these shots lack dynamic range, so I am still learning how to do this.
Taken with my Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens and Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.