The Fall colors have peaked and the leaves are carpeting the lawns and roadways, making for beautiful scenes and picturesque views.
Driving around the countryside is a wonderful way to experience the lifestyles of others and explore places to create photographs. When I am in rural areas, which is quite often, I always keep an eye out for barns. Although many are similarly built, barns have a certain individuality that creates it's own unique scene. It may be the equipment and farm implements surrounding it or the manner in which it has been placed on the property but each seems to stand on it's own merit. Even those that are yielding to earth's gravitational pull and are falling apart, have a certain attractiveness to them.
In this post we have a look at an image created in February, long before the trees and shrubs began to bud and blossom. I came across this hillside barn and just had to capture the moment for some reason. It was in an area that I don't pass regularly so I figure, why not?
This was a bitter-cold day as I took this photo from the comfort of my truck. I could not help but notice that there was not a single sign of life on the property. All people and animals were sheltered inside to escape the frigid air.
The crooked gate, the peeling paint on the out building and other characteristics led me to believe that this farm has been in operation for many years, so I felt a B&W conversion of the scene was in order.
I think I will return to this area sometime soon to see how it looks now that Spring has arrive in all of it's beauty. There was also a small waterfall nearby that I would like to capture.
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I passed one of my old shooting spots recently, a patch of high ground overlooking an expressway on one side and farmland on the other. But after driving a mile or 2 I decided to turn back for some reason. I knew this spot had pretty much played out with me, hell, I've shot from every angle conceivable but continued back anyway. When I got to my usual vantage point I was immediately reminded of why I should return. There is a farm down below that I wanted to photo back in the early Summer but everything was too green and boring at the time. Now that it's Fall, the green grass and trees have turned and some contrast now exists. My mental note of returning during this season was quite clear now.
I shot this as the Sun was setting but the problem is that the farm is in the east and the western view is pretty lousy from where I was standing, except for a really nice sky. Well, can't have everything so a plain, no-drama sky it is. ;-)
Below, an alternative selection.
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