I don’t get that many opportunities locally to make photos of farm animals, so when I do find them, I have to stop and see what I can get with my camera. I pulled off the road and made these out of the car’s window, then cropped the result in post processing to get what you see. I used my Fujifilm X100T camera and its fixed 23mm lens is so good that when I crop in close the image (horse) is still relatively sharp, not like I want but close enough.
Whenever I’m looking for possible photographs while wandering around, I tend to focus on “windows” and other glass surfaces on buildings as I find them, and try to position myself such that I get an interesting reflection. I was especially lucky with the first image below with the old lamp. Again I say, keep your eyes open and moving around, seeking something different. You may be rewarded
There is no doubt that “history” is all around us today; as I’ve written before, if we’ll just look for it. A prime example is what I discovered recently in Wentworth, NC, a small rural town located in the Piedmont region of the state, just across the state line from Virginia. History is even better when you have a camera to record what you see.
Wright Tavern was built in 1816 and served for decades as a location where people living near gathered for social purposes, and some fine food and drink. It also served as a place where a traveler could stop to rest for the night in relative comfort. Over the years the building fell into disrepair but concerned citizens decided to renovate it to its original look, but transforming it into the local Post Office, a purpose it serves today.
I liked the old style, “wrinkled glass” in the windows, which make for some interesting patterns when standing outside. The stairway to the upper level, once where bedrooms were located, made me wonder how many feet had trod those worn, wooden steps for so many years. And lastly, I was attracted to the brick chimneys, one for the main building and one for the attached kitchen and cooking area.
While the building serves a public service today for processing mail, it also serves as a historical attraction, open for visitors on certain days to those portions of the building where it’s history remains in plain view. I applaud those who take the time and effort to bring history alive for those living today. Wright Tavern is just one example.
There’s nothing that special artistically or photographically that makes these two photos I made recently truly stand out … other than the fact that I like them. I knew that to be true right after I made the shot. For example, when I opened the front door to our home early one day last month to go get the morning newspaper, the cold hit me like a blast. Regardless, my eyes saw the clouds and blue sky with trees silhouetted in a nice way. Boom, I grabbed my camera. On a much warmer day this month, while walking along a lake shoreline I happened upon this swan drying its plumage in the sun, with its body angled just right so the feathers stood out. Not special, really, about either of these two images except again, I liked them.
I’ll label small historic structures, located near (usually in the rear) larger structures, “outbuildings.” I see lots of those still around today as I travel about rural SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. As interesting as those buildings can be by themselves, I often see items placed nearby, as well as close-up views of textures that catch my eye.
I’ve listened to people say, and so-called experts write about, needing to be in some great location to make that “perfect” photo. “It’s all about location”, they opine. To me, it’s more about keeping your eyes open so when you see something that strikes your interest, record it with your camera right then. I’ve been to many extremely scenic locations in my time, four times in Alaska and the Bering Sea as one example, and I do admit to those occasions being full of great scenes that make wonderful photos. But, it was not that hard to make those images when they are there in front of you, so long as you know what your camera can do, and you do it right. Most times, however, I’m not at great scenic locations. So, I have to make the best of it. As long as I’m happy with the results, that’s all that matters.