I've had some feelers out for quite some time trying to get some new areas to photograph in my catalog. One lead that I have gotten recently was to head out to Julian, NC where there was a lot of rural landscapes and farm lands. I was excited to give it a try, but wasn't exactly sure what I was going to need in terms of weather. I decided to pick a day where we were looking at about 45% cloud cover for the day, which should have given me some nice blue to work with along with some clouds for contrast, and for diffusing of light on the landscape. Right up until Toni and I left the house, the forecast was looking promising, but the actual conditions at the house were far from ideal. We decided to plow on anyway, hoping that the conditions would get better as we got closer to Julian.
|A Room For Me|
We saw a lot of great old houses and barns on the roads in and around Julian. I tried to make some mental notes as we drove around, but pretty much, everywhere you look, there is a potential subject. The only problem was the sky, which was just not changing at all. After a while of driving, we came upon what looked to be a vacant house, with a few barns to the rear. In front of one of the barns was an old tractor that caught my attention. I decided to give it a try despite the sky, hoping that I would be able to compose some images to avoid the sky as I had with the old house.
The compositions became much harder than I had anticipated. I ended up including the sky in more frames than I wanted to, but there was just no way around it. I was happy that I was shooting with my 70-200mm lens though, as it didn't include near as much of the sky as a wider lens would have. I decided after a few minutes to try some intimate shots of the tractor, using only a portion of the barn in the background.
|No Worse For the Wear|
When I was done shooting, I was putting the gear back in the truck and the neighbor came back out and spoke to me once again. He had an idea for a photo project that he wanted me to take part in. I won't go into detail about it just yet, but it includes capturing farm life as it was in the 50's. This fascinates me to no end, as the project will include the barns, the tractors, and the techniques that were done back then. It will give me an up close and personal experience that I have always wanted to express in my photography, but have never really had that opportunity. When Spring gets here, we will probably be getting things rolling with the project. I hope to have a whole series of really cool images from this project to share, and maybe even put on display in the gallery here.