Yesterday, with the sun shining, I decided to take a drive up into the mountains of the Blue Ridge to see what might be waiting for my camera. By the time I finally spotted an interesting subject, the sun had all but gone under, replaced by a dreary cloudy sky, that gave me poor contrast. So I decided to try a black and white adjustment in Lightroom, with a single image HDR layer applied to bring out details missing in the original. There are hundreds of old vacant houses like this one in this area, and all you have to do is explore a bit to find them. My guess is that this one dates from the late 1800’s, with some later modifications. As I walked around the property, I saw evidence that it was once some sort of historic building open to the public, since there were various signs placed here and there. Unfortunately, I have no idea about the significance of the home. It’s very close to the National Park Service’s Booker T. Washington exhibits, so maybe there’s some relation. Whatever, it was an interesting place to photograph. (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 50mm, f14, 1/160sec)

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