|Sunshine Beneath the Clouds|
My creative energy had been zapped on Saturday with all the different scenes that Toni and I worked, so I wasn't really looking to go out with the camera. However, the weather was nearly ideal for shooting barns and old cars. It was pretty much like it was yesterday. I debated with myself for a while, and finally decided that I might as well go and try to get something while the weather was good. I keyed in the location on Absher Rd that I was wanting to start with after seeing it yesterday. The trip wasn't that long, so I went ahead and loaded the truck.
The trip was uneventful, and I actually went a slightly different way to get to my destination, so I got to scout some other things along the way. The problem that I was having, was I just wasn't feeling all that creative, so I was very proficient at talking myself out of stopping and pulling the camera out. I kept telling myself that I was going out with a destination in mind, and that was what I was wanting to do.
Well, I passed by a service shop on the side of Traphill Rd that had a very nice collection of old cars in the back. They were closed, and there were signs up all around that advised against going back there. Well, I left a business card with the hopes that they would call me back some day, and I could get permission to be out there at some point. It was a quick sideline, but at least I was starting to feel a little creative.
When I got to my destination, I pulled into the driveway and went up to the door. I knocked, but there was no answer. There was smoke coming out of the chimney, so either they were ignoring my knock, or they were busy doing other things. Either way, I was not getting any permission for the property today. I didn't wait around too long as I have been met with armed home owners too many times in the past, and didn't want to freak anyone out. Well, I looked around at the potential, and decided that it would be worth a return trip at another time.
|Nestled in the Trees|
As I was setting it up, I really wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I figured I was here, might as well. I started out with the 24-70mm lens so I could try and get the feel of the size of the trees in the background. I just wasn't really getting excited about the compositions I could shoot due to some obstacles in the yard, but I kept on trying.
|The Vast Woodland|
|Front Porch Swing|
|The Storm Clears|
Well...I was ready, but nothing I drove by worked out. I would see a barn from the road and start to chase it down. By the time I found it, I decided that it was not quite as photogenic as I had thought from a distance. I was really starting to get discouraged with this hunting game that I play when I do my rural photography. Since I still had no GPS, and was pretty much lost, I decided to stay lost. Only now, I was starting to go down dead end roads to see what was tucked away from the motoring public.
|Time Well Wasted|
|Long Way Home|
It was starting to get late, and I was needing to find my way to a GPS signal to get home, but I couldn't resist that one last dead end road....Sounds like the beginning to a horror story doesn't it? Well, this was anything but a horror story. It was the icing on the cake of the day as a matter of fact.
I pulled over and got the camera out. There was a house nearby, but this was well off of the property. Since it was right on the side of the road, I didn't worry too much about asking permission. As I was setting up the first shot of this car, I heard a 4-wheeler starting up. Yeah, I knew what this was going to be about. I hurried to try and get the first shot done, but I wasn't quick enough. He pulled up behind me and asked what I was doing. I explained that I was taking pictures of the car. He advised that he knows people like to "lift things" from over here, and he wasn't wild about anyone who stopped. With the camera set up, it was pretty obvious what I was doing, and he reluctantly gave me his blessing to photograph the car. With a parting "There are video cameras watching you" he went back to the house. Ok...I wasn't going to hang out here long, and I made sure that I was very obvious with what I was doing so as not to alarm anyone.
|Sunshine Beneath the Clouds in B&W|
Once I was able to find a GPS signal, I was on my way home. I still don't know exactly where I was, but I ended up on Hwy 18 going through N. Wilkesboro. I'll have to remember this area as there are a lot of great subjects. It is just a matter of waiting for them to ask to be photographed. I also have leads on two other places in the area that could be quite promising. For now, I have 15 pictures that I have deemed as keepers from today's outing. Not too bad considering I wasn't even feeling like going when I started.