First of all, let me back track to last week for a moment. It might appear that its been a long time since I've been out with my camera, but that isn't exactly true. I went out twice last week and spent a good bit of time focusing on my photography. However, I have nothing to show for it. The first time I went out, I went out to my favorite salvage yard. Just as I was about to get the camera set up to capture a nice rusty truck, I was flagged down by somebody that lived on the street. He asked if the owner knew I was out there. One thing led to another and I found myself walking over to the owner's house and meeting him for the first time. Unfortunately the meeting didn't go well, and I was told that he would rather me not stay on his property. OK, no problem, I will move on to something else. I drove around for a while in search of that something else, but nothing materialized and I ended up at home several hours later without having even taken my camera out of the bag.
My second attempt came a couple of days later and took me to Linville Falls. We had been having some serious rain and according to the weather forecast, the rain would be moving out from the area shortly after noon with only some scattered showers lingering. I could deal with that, I I figured that would be a perfect time to photograph Dugger's Creek Falls and Roaring Fork Falls. I started out late in the morning and arrived at Linville about 30 minutes before the rain was supposed to stop. It had been feathering off since about Wilkesboro and I was optimistic about the possibilities. When I arrived, I checked the forecast and found that there was a bit more rain that had been added to the hourly which was a little disappointing to say the least. I stayed in my truck for about an hour watching the rain come down stronger and stronger. I finally decided that based on the radar image, I would be doing better to try something Northeast of my location so I headed out to give it a try. The rain would not stop it seemed....Until I came to a field with a fallen tree. Miraculously, the rain stopped and the sun even poked out a bit. I quickly got my camera set up and started to work the scene. I was having a difficult time getting a composition that I liked, and I was having to work between gusts of wind that were causing a bush in my foreground to move way too much. By the time, I got the composition set, and the wind started to die down, the rain came back. The few decent pictures that I got showed too many water spots to be salvageable. I packed my soaked gear up and drove home, stopping at two other potential subjects only to be rained out once again. I had six images for the day, and none of them were good enough to develop.
Two treks, zero hits, time to go back to work. This is part of the fun of being a landscape photographer I suppose.
|Down and Out|
Late January, 2014
That was then, this is now. It was my first day off from work, I was itching to get out and release the shutter to capture something worthwhile. I was having a hard time deciding on a destination. The weather wasn't going to be good for too long in the morning, and I didn't want to spend a lot of travel time going to the mountains. I decided to keep it local today and looked through some of my photos from earlier this year when it was still winter. Almost immediately I stumbled on a series of pictures from out in Stokes County where I had found a field full of treasures purely by accident. Having talked with the property owner and having got his permission to be out there, and to come back whenever I wanted...this was the destination. I was really interested to see what these old vehicles looked like in a season where everything was green and filled with new life.
|Just Plain Tired|
|Hauling Till the End|
|Out of Gas|
Just beyond this old GMC was the blue Quality Oil Chevrolet which I was very interested to find. It was one of my two favorites from January, and I was very excited to see the blue and red surrounded by the green of the new leaves. I wasn't disappointed except that the greenery was a lot more dense than I had suspected. All that meant was I was a little limited in my compositions. I still worked that truck from every available angle and had a blast doing it.
As I finished up, I made one last walk through of the field to see if anything else jumped out at me. I was hoping that the MG would present well in the current season, but I found that it just left me empty inside. What I had captured in January was much better than what was here now, so I didn't attempt anything new with this car. I could see it working well in the fall though, so stay tuned...I don't think we have seen the last of this little red car.
After only about an hour I was back at the truck and putting my gear away. I had about 30 frames between the two trucks, and honestly figured that I had two good images out of those. I was happy with that, but after having my creative hiney handed to me twice last week, I wasn't quite ready to call it quits for the day. The light was still good so I continued North through Stokes County to see what I could find.
I passed by a lot of potential, but nothing called out to me. Nothing tripped that emotional trigger making me excited about capturing any images. As the time ticked on, I started to think about things that needed to be done at home, so I started my way back to the house. As I was coming down Hwy 8 I came upon an old crane that I have seen for many years. It had always caught my eye and I always found it interesting, but just never had the notion to turn my camera on it. With the way the light was hitting it today, and the fresh green of the trees around it, I had to give it a second look. That second look resulted in me taking the camera out and working some compositions.
|Needing a Lift|
|Rust in Peace|
After I had worked the crane as much as I though I could, I packed it all in and headed for home. I had a service to do on Toni's truck, and needed to get that taken care of before she went to work. I was pretty sure that I had about four pictures out of the 40 frames that I had shot. Regardless, I was just happy that I had found some subjects that excited me today. I felt like I was back on track once again. Needless to say, I was very excited when I was going through my photos when I found that there were a total of six images that I felt made the cut and were worth keeping. That is still much better than the typical 10% hit rate, and that makes me very happy!