Perhaps no other country in the world spends as much creative effort to decorate the front porch of their home, as do Americans. I found a couple of rather unique examples recently.
As I was walking along a sidewalk recently in Danville, Virginia, I decided without much thought to take a turn in order to go around by the side of a brick home. This image was my photographic reward for doing so. One thing which I decided is true…at least for me, is that whenever I go out looking for possible photo subjects, I typically have no plan. I am not alone on these trips, because I know the good Lord is along with me inside. In every case, He rewards me for my faith knowing I will find joy in my work…visually…with images that not only make me happy, but hopefully others as well. Faith and photography…interesting concept.
So…where’s the bridge per the title in the post? I was a bit late, they tore the concrete arch bridge down in 2009 in Danville Virginia, across the Dan River. Given the number of other nearby bridges in the city across the famous river, and the cost of repairing it , officials closed it to traffic in 2004 and decided to demolish it. But, to preserve the memory of the bridge originally opened to traffic in 1928, this arch over the old centerline, along with a small park area was erected including historical markers. I like it when cities take action to preserve their past.
When I go on photo trips to cities, large and small, I always look up toward the top of buildings. In many instances I find something unique which might make a nice photo. In the first image here, it was the bright red peaked metal roof which caught my attention, and in the second (which was taken using a telephoto lens) it was the “look” of the cupola with the wind vane on top that I liked. An important lesson which took me a long time to apply without much though before hand, is to always “look on top” of buildings which you see…to quote Forrest Gump, “You never know what you will get.” PS: These buildings are in downtown Danville, VA.
Thanks to digital imagery software, we are able to take an original digital photo and make certain adjustments to convert that image into one which looks like an oil painting. Here is one example. Flowers are especially good for this sort of conversion. As an aside, I suppose we can stop referring to photos as being “digital” versus “film” since the latter has pretty much passed into photographic history…although in consideration of some photographer purists, film is still being used.
Once, this small log cabin/shed had an occupant. Who or what it was is unknown to me. What I do know, is that I found it sitting in an open field, probably being in that exact spot for a long time. Thankfully, it is easily accessible on foot, and someone is mowing the grass around it to keep it in view. Typical Blue Ridge style construction.
As I was walking along a downtown city street in a small town near our home in SW Virginia, I noticed that several merchants had placed various types of potted plants in front of their establishments. That made the street scene look nice and friendly. But one merchant did something a bit different. That potted plant had a large mirror mounted on the brick wall behind the plant. That made for a “different look” and that’s what I saw. From a photo composition standpoint, I wanted to first place myself in such a position so as to keep my feet out of the reflection in the mirror, plus I was looking to break up the composition so as to provide as much contrast as possible between the objects involved…example:not let any one thing “take over” the image.
As I travel via foot or car, my eye is always on the lookout for “patterns”, simple and complex. Makes little difference what comprises the patterns, just that they exist and look “photo-worthy.” Here are two such which I found recently. The more I have developed my photo skills over the last ten years or so, the more my eye now tends to always be on the lookout for things which are a bit different when composed appropriately in my camera viewfinder. The key is to use your camera all the time…digital images are cheap and with storage devices being what they are today, you can “shoot away at will.” Not that way during the old film days.