|No Tell Motel|
I tossed around my options, and considered the few cars that were close to me that I still had not photographed, but decided that those were going to wait until the trees filled in to block the background clutter. Just in case the sunrise wasn't all that great I decided to stick close to home and go to Salem Lake. After that, I was going to go on a road trip to the North. I didn't really have a destination in mind, I was just going to drive.
I got myself set up near the playground and picnic area facing where the sun should be coming up. I chose to use a spindly tree that was actually in the water as a point of interest for my visual anchor. I opted for my 24-70mm lens so that I could capture as much of the sky as I could while still keeping the distant shore in proper scale to where I was. I didn't add any filters, but I did screw on my Lee filter holder in case I needed a grad filter. I started doing some test exposures at about 30 seconds, to see how things were looking.
There was a bit of faint color in the sky for these test shots, but nothing like what I was expecting in the next 15 or so minutes. The exposures were showing more color in the sky than my eyes could see due to the long exposure. It turned out that those test shots were the only ones I was going to get with any color. The clouds were just too consistent with no breaks in them for the sun to shine through. This is the first time my sunrise forecaster has been wrong. At least I didn't drive 2 hours away to get this sunrise. On the plus side, it was quite out there except for the birds chirping and the geese honking away. It was rather relaxing after a long week at work.
|Do You Dare|
The funny thing was, I was seeing barns, and even some cars but nothing caught my photographic eye. It was all just too mundane and stuff that wasn't appreciably different from the other images I've shot over the years. I was looking for something different...something exciting. The problem with different and exciting is that those opportunities don't present themselves that often.
|Motel on the Corner|
A man got out of the car and started out with "I've got to ask...." which is usually followed up with ...what are you doing, and why are you on my property? Well, that was not how his statement went fortunately. He finished by asking "...what are you seeing that I'm not seeing?" He continued to tell me that he had seen several photographers out there taking pictures of prom couples and engagement shots. He wasn't seeing what the photographers were seeing, and was genuinely curious.
We chatted for a little while and then he bid me a good day and went on about his. Now that I knew a little of the history of the place, I was really feeling excited about getting some images. There was a diner across the intersection which was still being used for a business, and there was another section of the motel across the street where I parked. I knew how they all fit together now, and that really brought the setting into a complete light for me.
|Paint the Town|
|Shrouded in Mystery|
I came down Hwy 220, back into Stokes County and then ended up on Hwy 65 back into Forsyth County. I was starting to get the itch to bring the camera out once again, but I was getting close to home at this point. There was one barn that I had photographed many years ago which set just off the roadway. What the heck, I'll give it a go. The last time I was there, it was full on Spring and the trees had already fully bloomed. I was a couple of months earlier this time, so I knew the trees would be largely bare which would make for a different feel for the photo.
|Harvester of Sorrow|
|The Struggle Within|
Now my biggest problem....I've got to figure out how to fit some of these in the gallery rooms here. Not a bad problem to have, but I'm going to have to make some hard cuts I think.
A little movie I found about the hotel which was built in the 30's.