Like many photographers, enthusiast and professional, I enjoy finding and making photographs of no-longer used industrial buildings and associated structures. Many explore inside these facilities, but I’m cautious and heed the posted “No Trespassing” warnings. Still, I sometimes yearn to get inside from time to time to see what I might see, being the exploring sort of person I am. What follows are several photos I made of the old Tobacco Warehouse District in Danville, Virginia. Many of these old warehouses remain abandoned, but an increasing number are being renovated into residential “loft” type apartments, that ultimately will being new life to the area. I can see that already happening, and to me that is a joy. But, that’s another “photo” story for later. What I wanted to do here was to make my black and white compositions as unique and as interesting as possible, moving into positions with my camera to make that possible. For example, under the water tank.
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Danville Virginia has been a main stop on railroad networks since the American Civil War. Over the years, passengers and freight numbers rose and fell, but still the location remained vibrant. Today, trains still pass by (and stop) at the Danville Train Depot several times a day. The depot’s historic architecture calls out for people like me with cameras in hand to come visit. I especially enjoy the main waiting room, with it’s large wooden benches and atmosphere. When I enter I can imagine myself with ticket in hand waiting for a train. I hope you’ll enjoy some of the photos I made there recently. I felt black and white would best convey the feelings I had at the time.
I have sort of gotten into the habit of posting (on Fridays) a mix of photos with no common theme, except that I like them. I make many photos during the week mainly because I usually have at least one camera handy (like my iPhone 5S) and I like to keep my eyes moving around for interesting subjects and compositions. So here we go for today.
Years ago I picked up the term “God Beams” from one of the professional photographers I follow. That’s what I saw on an early morning walk in our neighborhood, with the sun rays poking down from the opening in the clouds. After I got some distance from home I started looking at the sky and regretted I had not carried one of my cameras along. Then I remembered my iPhone 5S, which has an excellent camera. Lots could be written as a caption to this photo.
This image is of grass and other debris sitting in the middle of a fairly large shallow puddle on the street at the end of a cul-d-sac where I was walking after a rain storm. Normally the grass in the pavement is dry brown and not so nice looking. But the sun beam striking the grass after the rain and the reflections off the water made for a nice image.
As I was backing out of the driveway in my car recently, I looked to my left by the driveway door and spotted several very nice looking butterflies feeding on these flowers. Having one of my cameras on the seat beside me, it was a simple task to hop out and get close to make these two colorful photos.
So, there you go. Take a pick which one (or more) you like best. Photography is fun, but you need to get outside the house to make it really get interesting. Cheers!
This is one of my favorite photo locations in Martinsville, Virginia. The “Little Post Office” is on the U.S.Register of Historic Places and is well maintained today. It was built in 1893, and is a small one-story, gable front brick building with a frame rear extension. The exterior and one-room interior of the building are detailed in the Queen Anne style. It was used as a contract post office by star route mail delivery supervisor from 1893 to 1917.
It’s a very photogenic spot, with many close up photo opportunities as can be seen below.
The City of Martinsville, Virginia is a part of Henry County. The old county courthouse in the city center was once a hub for activity. Today, it still is but for different reasons. Several years ago the county built a modern administrative complex some distance away, but planners and historians elected not to abandon the historic courthouse and elected to renovate it to serve other purposes to include being home to a popular visitors center. Recently I made some photographs of the newly renovated structure to shown what can be done when people care about their history.
The absolute best time to visit cities is, for me, on a weekend when there are lots of parking spaces and just enough “folks” to make it interesting. I always find interesting things of which to point my camera; each time I’m there seeing it all in new perspectives. Telling a story with as few words through photography is typically my objective. Such as …
It’s a good idea when you find an interesting photographic subject, to try and find other similar subjects that together might form an interesting collection of compositions. When I saw the first scene at the main entrance to a large financial institution’s main entrance in Greensboro, NC, with the shiny brass doors with plate glass reflections on either side, I liked the uniqueness of the scene. I then looked for other similarly interesting building entrances as I walked about the streets. This collection is what resulted.
I took a new wide-angle camera lens with me to the central business district in Greensboro, NC to focus on several subjects, one being the high rise buildings located there. Compared to other mid-size cities, Greensboro may not have as many tall buildings, but one thing it does have is a fun city center with lots of friendly places to eat and drink, and to share with others a nice weekend day with close-by parking and acceptable crowds. In short, I like it! Share with me some of what I saw the day I visited over the July 4th weekend.
Living here, I visit Uptown Martinsville frequently looking for photo opportunities. I decided to focus on compositions I felt would look good in black and white. Here are several examples. Note: Most digital cameras today allow one to set the camera in “black and white mode.” I don’t do that, preferring instead to download the image first to my computer, and then use processing software (Adobe Lightroom) to convert the color image to black and white non-destructivly, so that I can keep the color version original in tact. Of course, you need post processing software, but Lightroom is just one of many, some very low cost. It’s all about being creative.