Based on a tip from a friend, I had managed to locate several old cars and trucks along the side of Hwy 421 in Yadkinville, NC. I had been looking for the right kind of morning to go out and give them a try. For the last couple of weeks, I have been fighting with snow and very cold temperatures...neither of which I thought would be good for this particular subject matter. Looking at the weather for this morning, however, I was pleased to see some early morning clouds with some clearing shortly after sunrise. I figured that now was as good a time as any to give it a try.
|The Forgotten Corner|
I found myself poking tripod legs through the openings in the fence and trying to shoot between the trees as best I could. For this, I enlisted the help of my trusty 70-200mm lens which gave me the reach that I needed. I wasn't able to get the compositions that I was really after though, but it would have to do, at least for this trip. As I was fine tuning my compositions, the sun peeked through the clouds and bathed the side of the cars in a wonderful warm light. I took advantage of this and cranked off a few frames from different locations trying to capture as much as I could with the light before it covered back up.
Something that I do just about every time I go and work a location is explore the area and look for anything else that might work for a photograph. Today wasn't any different and I started to drive around in search of something else. I tried to find some landscapes, but nothing struck me as particularly special this morning. I was really wanting to get up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but so much of it is closed right now for repairs. Just before I was about to throw in the towel, I noticed an old tractor sitting under the shelter of a small barn just off of the roadway. I decided to turn around and see what I could do with it.
|Looking For Shelter|
My morning came to and end about two hours after I had started. The light was too strong and the clouds were all fading away. It was time to head home and show Toni what I had found. I'm still itching to get out to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Spring to get the fresh greens of the season of rebirth. Until then, it seems that I have found my little happy place with the dormant surroundings by photographing these rustic scenes.