I live in Irkutsk, center of East Siberia, 60 km from lake Baikal, deepest in the world. Irkutsk has a lot of wooden houses, once beautiful, now quickly degrading, being destroyed by time. I decided to drive around the city and nearest villages and take photos of most unusual houses, before they become history. I am not a professional photographer, but I wanted to do it anyway. I hope you will enjoy the houses as much as I did!
To highlight warm texture of wood, I decided to use HDR (High dynamic range) technique. To create HDR photo, you need camera with auto exposure bracketing (AEB), such as my Canon 400D. Put camera on a tripod, open camera menu, set AEB to maximum (-2..+2 for Canon 400D). To avoid even small shaking, set Drive mode to Self-timer / Remote control and then take a photo with remote control. Camera will take 3 photos with different exposures (normal, under, over).
Next step is to generate HDR image from these 3 photos. I used program called Photomatix Pro, but Adobe Photoshop CS and later has this feature too (File - Automate - Merge to HDR).
Often, HDR images look too strong, unrealistic. To avoid that, I loaded normally-exposed photo to Photoshop (layer 1), then added HDR image (layer 2), and set layer 2 opacity to 50-60%.