For this Monochrome Monday, I’m introducing a series of posts from a recent rainy day visit to the New River Valley area of southwestern Virginia. My Scout Troop participated in a day long cycling trip along the New River Trail. As one of the drop-off and pick-up drivers, I was afforded a wonderful opportunity to capture the local countryside, albeit in the rain.
This must have been one of the first times I deliberately shot for hours in the rain. My rain gear kept me dry, and my Nikon only required an occasional wipe from a dish towel. Because of the low light and need to capture the rain, I shot between 500 & 2000 ISO. A shutter speed of 1/500 or faster was needed to capture the rain, though as expected, I found the density and rate of rain to vary widely.
After this experience and bounty of compositions captured, I’m more likely and confident to head-out with my camera on a rainy day. Earlier in the year, I had success capturing falling snow landscapes and cityscapes. Next on the list is to study rainy day cityscapes and street photography. Oh, my Scouts made it 17 miles in the rain!
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On a half day fishing trip in July, we were heading out on the Little River toward the ocean when we passed this abandoned shrimp boat during low tide at the intersection with the Intracostal Waterway. I captured several high tide images coming back up the river to Calabash. A year ago, there was apparently engine trouble and the boat ran aground on Bird Island, near Sunset Beach. It was later towed to this spot, and then abandoned.
Not until I was editing these pictures did I notice the boat’s name – Sum Day. Ha, not the “Love Boat” graffiti painted on the front. I then recalled photographing the Sum Day back in the summer of 2015.
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Winter 2018’s last stand has finally come and gone. The same could be said for this old southern barn and surrounding fields, currently being cleared for residential housing.
Most of the exterior wood of this old barn has already been removed and “upcycled” for use in rustic home furnishings and decor. I blogged about this last July in my Vanishing American Barns post, and featured this barn in a composition.
By keeping my POV out of the direct wind, my lens shade was able to keep the snow off my front lens element. Shooting at 1/320th just about froze the jumbo snowflakes greater than 10 feet (3 meters) out. As snowflakes got closer to the lens, more and more of a slight motion blur was introduced.
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A year ago today I was visiting Reidsville, and shot these images in an abandoned section near downtown. After a series of 5 posts, I moved on without considering other candidate compositions in the series. I finally went back to resurrected these unfinished compositions for this Monochrome Monday. We all have several of these forgotten gems strewn across our hard drives.
This was quite an interesting building, with several composition opportunities. I particularity like the composition below. Though the door is in the center, the image is mostly composed of asymmetric elements. From the foreground broken pipe, the converging foreground lines land on the door and building plane, and then your eye bounces over to the stairs and covered walkway back to the sky – quite a bit of depth.
Shot from several angles, it was difficult choosing the best detailed, up-close composition. Sometimes you just have to pick one and move on.
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Found this cool abandoned garage on E. Lewis Street, about one block over from Elm St. The patterns, shapes, lines and textures all contributed to an excellent composition opportunity. I really felt this subject worked well in both black and white and color.
Regarding color, I often find I need to give my eyes a break when judging color. Yesterday, I spent a lot of time tuning the color in the composition below. This morning, just before posting, I felt the image was a little too green, and, I had lost some of the teal color in the garage door. A couple of quick adjustments, and, done. Glad I slept on it.
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