Exploring a Rural Life

Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains has many advantages. Most important for me is it’s less populated and as such affords many opportunities to explore back roads and woods. Life is simple here compared to urban settings, and I often discover small farm “settlements” such as that in this photo. DSCF3617-Edit-Edit-Edit

Given this area of Virginia and North Carolina was once prime tobacco growing and harvesting territory, along my way down narrow roads I discover numerous abandoned tobacco drying sheds.

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The Barn

For months I’ve been trying to make a photo of this barn located on a narrow road near where we live in SW Virginia.

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It’s located such that there is no place to pull my car off the road to make the photo, and there always was a car of two right behind me. Recently I got out very early and was able to stop in the road and get a couple of nice images.

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The sun was low on the horizon but hazy clouds toned down its brightness a bit. I used a Fujifilm XT100 camera with 35mm lens. I used Nikon DSLR cameras and lens for years, as well as Canon and Panasonic compact cameras. I have to say that no camera I’ve ever used produces such great JPEG images in camera as do Fujifilm mirrorless models. But that’s just me. Most pro and enthusiast cameras today are generally equal in output quality.That’s a good thing. The most important thing is to get out and make photos no matter the type camera used.