Yep, I had seen what I thought I was seeing. The truck wasn't exactly what I would want to photograph since it was actually in pretty good condition. The barn wasn't exactly what I wanted to photograph since it seemed a little plain. However, both of them together, tied in with the flag made for a scene that just screamed Americana. I drove down the side road to see what was around, and to see if I could figure out where the owner might live. I couldn't really make out the indication of ownership, but happened to see a man coming from the mailbox near the main road.
I drove up to him and introduced myself. I explained that I was trying to find the owner of the barn and truck to ask if I could photograph it at some point. As it turned out, he was the owner and gladly gave me permission to photograph it. Since I was at work, I told him I would be back at a later time to give it a try. I was thinking the following weekend, but as luck would have it, I had a community function on Thursday that was going to cause me to work late.
Looking at the scene, I was able to shoot from anywhere, but since the sky wasn't all that great, I didn't care to go overly wide in focal length. Instead, I opted to keep my 70-200mm lens on the camera and added a color combo polarizer to bump up the colors and contrast. I started to frame up different compositions with that combination and found that to be the idea setup for the conditions I was shooting in. I tried lots of different combinations with the primary elements of the truck, flag, and barn. The idea was to have them all work in unison.
I then moved in to look for emblems to photograph. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to come up with many compositions that I really liked. In fact, I found no emblem pictures with this truck. The patina wasn't quite aged enough to really make the emblems stick out. I tried some other isolations with similar results. It would seem that with the current conditions, I was pretty much left with overall compositions with the three main elements. Just to round things out, I swapped over to my 24-70mm lens to get a little different perspective on the truck as well.
Considering I had only about an hour and quarter to work the scene, I somehow managed to get 27 images. Of these, I found these three that I thought had merit to stand on their own. They are fundamentally different compositions, and I like each of them. The red, white, and blue theme carries through from the flag to the truck, and then to the sky with the leaves. Artistically, there is a pretty good balance here with the colors.
After having a day to sit on these pictures, I decided to give them a shot as black and white to see how they would turn out. With the truck being a very dark shade, I didn't hold out much hope, but in the end, I was actually pretty happy with the conversions.
|Rural America in B&W|
|Colfax Moonshine in B&W|
|Patriotic Shine in B&W|