This farm is a couple miles from my house. I've been planning to get out there to take a few shots. Last week I noticed bulldozers getting dangerously close, so I knew I needed to act soon. Finally got some interesting clouds/light. I parked in the drive, right in front of the NO TRESPASSING sign.
D300, 24-70 F/2.8 @24mm F/10, 1/20, tripod, remote shutter One file double processed in Photomatix
Beautifully captured and rendered Kathy, my kind of place! Sad to see that old corn crib in that shape, poor thing! What happened to the power lines that one set is at a much lower opacity then the other. Did Photomatix do this? Next time you go if you do bring your longer lens and shoot the garage in the back with the old dodge truck inside. You might be able to use the drive as a leading line in and maybe even loose the power lines. The old leafless tree in the fits that scene well also. Great rusty color on the items on the left.
Thanks Gerald & Diane for having a look and taking the time to comment!
Hal, I so appreciate your keen eye, and understanding what I was trying to convey.
Mick, I took lots of shots, so I'll give the monochrome and distressed a try.
Thanks Robert! I had some great clouds for most of the shoot.
Thanks Larry! So sad to see this farm falling apart. It was a beautiful setting. I believe the owners still live on the other side of the street, and have sold to a developer.
Scott, How did you know it was a Dodge? The power lines are the same in the RAW file. I think because they're much higher than the others. I took a couple shots of the old farm house that's caving in, and was able to get at an angle where most the lines aren't visible. I would love to get some shots of the truck, but won't be able to get back till the weekend...hope it's still standing.
Thanks Dean! It's a little scary, especially with the no trespassing signs all about. In one of the barns there's some graffiti, so I know there's been some unsavory characters hanging around. Next time I'll take my husband.
Thank you for the kind comment Ed!
Hi Rick, I'm on the same page with the power lines, they have always stood out about this farm. To me, it speaks of a time when the area was very rural and the only concerned was getting power no matter how crude the installation.
Thanks again everyone for the feedback, ideas, and kind comments!
I like this image. Well composed and well processed. There is so much to look at in the picture. Texture, color, balance you have it all. I am facinated that you were able to work powerlines in as such a good element in the compostion. Usually they are something to fight with. Well done.
I love the photo! The electrical wires that "holds" the photo are actually the leading lines. Nice shot! Someone suggested about doing this in black and white. I think you'd lose the nice tempered rust colour that actually is the catch in this one if you do it in black and white...or perhaps I seldom like and b/w shots...??? I don't know...
Hi Izzy, Thanks for looking, glad you enjoyed! It's funny the wires do it for me also, ties everything up. I think Mick was talking about some of the other shots I took but haven't processed. I shoot with a converted Infrared Camera for B&W, an I think Mick wanted to see some of that style on this farm. I didn't take that camera with me so I'll need to go back. I think the barn with the old Dodge would be interesting in B&W.
>Hi Bill, >Thank you for your comment. We pass Lowell on our way to >Chicago, just off 65. That would be a fun spot to stop ans >explore. How long has it been since you lived there? > > >http://kathycavallaro.smugmug.com/
Left there in '85 but still have family that live near Lowell.
I recommend that you check it out some time. There are a lot of old houses and downtown is small and consists of all of the old, original buildings. There are some historical places scattered around too.