After talking to a friend of mine, I was all set to go out to the far side of Yadkin County to hunt out a pair of vintage Chevrolets. I had been told that they were possibly 50's vintage and set off of Reavis Rd, just North of US 421. Sounded easy enough to me to be able to find. It was about a 30 minute drive from the house to get out there, and based on how I read the description, they would be on the West side of the street which would hopefully put a treeline behind them. I figured that having the warm morning sun on them would probably be my best option for lighting. That way, if the trees weren't as I was expecting, I would have some nice open sky without a full overcast to mess with my exposure. I finally had the perfect morning with just light clouds in the sky. I set out in time to get there as the sun was coming up and starting to illuminate the ground.
I was excited as I was driving down the road. The sky was doing just what I wanted it to. The clouds were awesome, and the blues were intense. I was just about to Reavis Rd and was already looking at the sides of the highway for other options just in case the cars weren't what I was hoping for. I exited, and turned North, looking very intently on the shoulders where I thought that the cars would be located. Nothing.....I could find no vintage cars at all, much less two 50's vintage Chevys. I drove all the way to the end of Reavis Rd, and came back, crossing the highway looking on the other side. Still......Nothing!
I'm starting to make this a habit now. Seems like everything that I go out planning to shoot is either gone, or I'm unable to get to it, or some other problem has popped up preventing my chance to photograph it. This trek was turning out to be very similar. I was unable to find the cars at all. I had been all around looking for them, but to no avail. The sun was climbing higher in the sky, and I knew that I was running out of time. I could either keep looking for the cars, or I could go off in search of something else to shoot.
I opted for the latter, and decided to go venture out in this uncharted area to see what I could see. There was a lot of potential out here since it was all rural farmland, but I wasn't able to find that "right" scene that would allow me to make a strong composition. I was starting to panic and came to the conclusion that I had wasted a morning that I could have been at home with Toni. I was just getting to that point of turning around and finding the highway to head home when I saw a barn with a tractor inside of it. I could see potential in it, but knowing that my 70-200mm f/2.8L lens was currently in Virginia having an issue resolved through Canon, I didn't think that I had the focal range to be able to isolate the barn the way I needed to from the road. In addition, the sun had not hit the barn yet so the lighting wasn't right anyway. While I considered the compositional options for this subject and my limited equipment, I continued on.
I went ahead and fit my new Singh-Ray warming polarizer to my 24-70mm f/2.8L which allowed me to deepen the blue in the sky while warming the earth tones at the same time. I was interested to see how this filter would work as I had never used one before. With everything ready to go, I started walking out to the barn and the pasture. My first exposure was the vision I had from the street that included the barn above and the pasture behind. I could tell in the reviewed image on the LCD that there was very little visual strength to this image. I needed to work out some other options, but I was liking what I was seeing. I chose to work the barn first, and made many different compositions because the exposure was working out perfect with the lighting. There was just no need to bracket the exposure at all, so I got to move around instead.
|The Family Tree|
|Strong as an Oak|
|Echoes of Children Playing|
After I had worked out all the compositions I could think of with the house, I went back to the field that drew my attention in the first place. I wasn't sure what I was hoping to find, but I thought that maybe the quality of light had changed sufficiently enough so that I could do something with it. Sure enough, the ground was now bathed in a warm light from the still rather low sun, and the clouds were starting to come in with a pattern and texture that really complimented the field.
|The Back Forty|
|The Back Forty in B&W|
After shooting the field, my lighting was about gone and the blue color cast of late morning was starting to seep into the scene. It was time to pack it in and head back to the house. Considering I had come out here initially to capture a couple of old cars, I think that I ended up with a more diverse setting as my plan "B" and am actually happier with the outcome than what I was anticipating with the vintage Chevrolets. Chalk this one up to a successful trek, and a very fun one as well!
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