|Yadkin Valley Mill in B&W|
I woke up early and headed out to the mill in time to photograph the blue hour just in case the clouds would cooperate with me prior to sunrise. I wasn't sure exactly what would unfold before me, but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything since I would be working on a rather tight schedule in order to make it to work on time. I got there about an hour before sunrise, and got my camera built. I found my first spot to shoot from and fired off a test exposure at 30 seconds. It wasn't quite there, so I went ahead and switched to Bulb mode, and tried a few exposures in the 90 and 120 second range. These were working pretty well, but the clouds were much thicker than I had anticipated.
|Yadkin Valley Mill|
As the sun came up, I realized that I was going to be hard pressed to get the shot that I was after. Instead of giving up, I decided to pick out intimate details on the old mill and photograph them instead. I started along the front of the building where all of the windows were. It took a little work, but I finally came upon a composition that I liked, so I got it framed up and shot the picture.
I continued around the building looking for some other subjects to photograph. I came upon the loading area and found a lot of little odds and ends to play with. There was a lot going on in here, so I decided to look at things as a graphical design more than anything else. That was when I started to be able to frame up some different compositions that otherwise would have made no sense.
While working on these little details, I happened to see that the clouds were starting to break up a little bit. There was a tree at the corner of the lot that I had been working on with little success that I thought would benefit from the current lighting. I grabbed my gear and went out to the tree and started to set up some of the compositions I had worked out previously.
When I was going through the pictures, Toni saw the tree and told me that I had to name it "Story". I'm not sure why she came up with that, but since I did shoot the tree primarily because of her little voice in my head, I decided to honor her wish. This picture is all her!
The morning came to a close much sooner than I had wanted, but it was time to head to work. I was happy that I had the chance to get out and do a little shooting this morning, and look forward to other chances like this on days I go in late.