|The Guilford Mill|
This week is a good bit different though. I am feeling much better and am in need of getting out and doing some photography. The plan for this morning was to go up to the mountains and work a couple of waterfalls in Little Switzerland. That plan fell through when I looked at the weather and the cloud cover that I needed was non-existent. I rolled back over and went back to sleep. All day I was paying attention to the clouds and watching them come and go in various formations and intensities. I have been eyeballing the Guilford Mill for some time now, but knew I needed a sky with blue in it, but not too much to make my vision work out.
At dinner time, the sky was pretty much a blank white canvas and I was all set to call it a day and start fresh tomorrow with something else that I had in mind. However, as we were finishing dinner, I could see some potential in the sky, and thought that I had better go out and give it a try. As I was driving, the textures in the sky started to minimize, and I was losing my much needed backdrop for the old mill. I didn't give up though, I just kept plowing on to my destination.
|Stone Ground in B&W|
I went ahead and pulled the camera out with the 24-70mm lens still attached. I added a polarizer to boost the colors and take some of the glare off of the metal roof. I started to compose my first shot and quickly realized that the sky was just too bright without having the sun lighting the mill. My only choice was to fit my Lee filter system and start adding some ND Grad filters to even out the exposures. That was the trick that I needed, and from that point on, I was able to get some very balanced exposures which was not the easiest thing to do under these conditions.
|First ever attempt at photographing the mill|