Selecting a primary photo subject when composing several scenes, especially in urban street scenes, is important to me as I wander around. This time it was “two windows.” However, I wanted to pick some unique aspects of the window scenes I saw. Results below. Note: Yes, there are two windows in the first photo, one is just boarded up. Smile.
Category Archives: Architecture
Here are two images I saw in Reidsville, NC recently. While one of them is a single section of a large wall mural at least fifty feet wide, the other is a small window scene painted on the upper level of a retail establishment. That one was so realistic as I walked by on the opposite side of the street, at first I though the cat in the window was real. Nice work by the artists who painted these.
I was headed down a very narrow country road, seeking a place to turn around to get back to the highway I had planned to take (no, I wasn’t lost, just following my nose) when I spotted this very nice, old and deserted home, with NO TRESPASSING signs posted. I had to stop and get some photos, and I did. I figured I’d obey the signs and just wander around the yard, getting some photos, thinking the “no trespassing” applied to the house itself. As I got my last photo, I heard angry dogs barking from over a nearby hill. Time to go I told myself, and just as I got into my car there came the first (perhaps) unhappy farm dog looking for the trespasser (me). As I drove off, the dog looked at me and wagged his tail, I guess not so unhappy after all. But, I thanked the Good Lord for making me end my photo shoot when I did. There surely were other dogs around. It was a great experience and I took away some nice images.
Old wooden structures, with weather-beaten and rotting timbers, with green vegetation growing nearby, are especially nice photo subjects when you can find them. You have to drive narrow, winding country roads to find these, and watch carefully for Poison Ivy and local farm dogs that always seem to pop up for me, thankfully as I’m getting back in my car.
From 1893 to 1917, the Little Post Office in Martinsville, Virginia played a critical role in the expansion of the United States Postal Service’s local service, when it was operated as a “contract” post office. Such operations were typical at that time. Today, the historic building is made available for special events and historic displays. I’ve made numerous photos of the building before, and whenever I do, I make an angled-on composition first to show the complete building in (I think) the best manner, followed by a close-up image of some aspect, like the dimpled glass window, with reflected green trees and blue sky. So what if repeat what I’ve done before? I like it!
Like I say, I usually have no specific idea where I’m headed looking for photo opportunities within a 50 mile radius of where we live in SW Virginia. I know the territory well enough that I can simply follow a compass direction, always knowing I’ll eventually wind up on a major road I’ve traveled before. I never go alone, because riding along inside me is the Holy Spirit who has always, and I say always, guided me wisely. When I come upon what I consider a really good “find”, I thank the Good Lord and begin to wander around seeking interesting compositions. Last week, I found this old house along a narrow road I’d never traveled before. Wow, what a place it was. So much history to wonder about. Take a look at what I saw that day.
Mount Airy, North Carolina is a very scenic town of around 10,000 citizens, located a bit north of Winston-Salem, and it’s become famous because of a popular iconic 1960’s television show, still being enjoyed in syndication by millions today. The Andy Griffith Show took place in the fictional town of Mayberry, and its star was born in Mount Airy. It is believed that the town formed the basis for Mayberry, and when one visits today, many stores are named for fictional businesses featured in the TV show. Tourists flock to the town and many purchase “Mayberry” memorabilia. It’s a great place to take a camera, as I did recently. I like going there, and being it’s just about an hour away from home, I try to do that often.