This cottage in south Oxfordshire was extended and re-clad by its owner, a carpenter. The cladding material was supplied by Silva Timber.
It was good to photograph a house that had only just been completed, as all the surfaces were pristine. The weather last week was very favourable, as I had direct sunlight for most of the day. The rear elevation was south-east facing, and this made for the image which sums up the building.
The front elevation was only sunlit around 4pm, and because the sunlight strikes it very obliquely, the shadows are quite long. This elevation was photographed from close up with the TS-E 17mm lens; a notable effect of using an ultra-wide lens for a long facade which is quite reflective is that the appearance of the material varies hugely across the span of the building. Here, the light was on the right and from a low angle, so the material on the right appears to show mainly the reflection of the light, whereas that in the middle and to the left looks closer to the actual appearance of the timber. It's virtually impossible to counteract this either on camera or in processing - so I mitigated the effect by selecting that area and increasing darkness and saturation.