© Zachary P. Stephens / Brattleboro Reformer
Today it was announced that the current owner of the Brooks House in Brattleboro, Vt., will be selling the historic building to local investors.
Bob Stevens and Craig Miskovich will be leading the search for investors to take over the property and revitalize it with housing, local businesses and possibly a local college campus.
To illustrate this story, which can be read here, I met with Bob and Craig at the front of the very recognizable building in downtown Brattleboro.
I met them in the afternoon which is perhaps the most challenging time of day to get a shot of the building. The front of the building faces west so in the afternoon the sun is throwing the building almost completely into a silhouette.
Rather than fight this, I decided to embrace it. The building is so recognizable, even in silhouette, that I didn’t really need to worry about showing too much detail in it. So I let it go dark while I exposed for the sky.
I placed Bob and Craig in the foreground standing on either side of the frame with the tower of the building rising between them in the background.
I popped my Canon 580 ex II onto a stand, pulled the stand back a little to get an even exposure on both guys (inverse square law), and balanced the light from the flash with the sky.
Shooting from a low angle with a wide lens, I kept a dialogue with the subjects and got a pretty good shot all in about 5 min.
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