|Sit a Spell|
I had been driving for nearly a hour and was about to hang it up for the day when I came across an old house with a few barns nearby just sitting all alone on the side of the road. This one called out for me! I got the camera built quickly because the light was fading fast. I started out with some general compositions that lead me to the opening picture for this entry. The clouds looked amazing with just the right amount of texture, and there was still enough light on the house and barn to keep it interesting. I worked on fine tuning the compositions quickly and I moved on to something different.
|Pastels by the Porch|
I continued to shoot different images as the light changed. I was also keeping an eye out behind me where the sun was dipping down to the horizon. I didn't want to miss anything special. As the sun dropped, I noticed that it was actually going into a dip in the landscape that was highlighted by the roadway. This was going to make for an interesting picture if I could compose it just right. There was no time for filters, so I just shot it with what I had available at the time, which was a bare 24-70mm lens.
With the sun now out of the picture (pun intended), I turned my attention again to the other side of the sky. There was still some color above, and the light was still adequate and soft on the property. I went back to working other compositions to take advantage of what I had before me.
Having given the house the solo treatment, I decided that I would also work the barn on the hill by itself as well. The color in the sky was fading, but the clouds were still heavy and full of soft textures. For those who live in NC, this sky just looked like a snow sky, and I wanted to incorporate that into a picture with the barn which was full of warm tones.
|A Winter Sky|
I was probably out on this property for about 45 minutes. In that time, I shot 24 frames. I was only expecting a couple of pictures to turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few of them turned out much better than I had anticipated. One of the first pictures I shot, I had envisioned in monochrome to make the best use out of the contrast in the sky. When I started going through the pictures in the final editing process, I made the conversion and was very happy with the outcome.
|Sit a Spell in B&W|