Here is another image for everyone to consider (I will post a link to original to download and work on yourself). These buildings are in Sugartown, PA and are over 200 years old. I tried to use two composition techniques: the "rule of thirds" in making the sky line fall one third the way down the page and the "frame in a frame" by making the edge of the barn and the stone wall in the foreground frame the two houses. Then I applied a bit of vignetting and the Craquelure filter to "age" the photo appropriately. This is my result:
It will be best viewed on your monitor as large as possible to see the effect: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8059/8197340563_5e0ca3e25a_k.jpg
Now here is a link to the full size original for anyone to download, edit as they like and repost in an improved (or at least different) take on the same original image. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76080384@N03/8197337651/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Maybe you like the original image better than my "improvements." Share whatever you think. That is how we all can learn to be better photographers.