I found this cool, old abandoned house on Oak Grove Rd., between the communities of Woodlawn and Sulphur Springs, Virginia. Ideally, I would have pulled off and spent some time exploring this grand old home. Unfortunately, the narrow road and steady rain presented quite an obstacle. Perhaps I will, the next time I’m travelling through the back-roads of the New River Valley of southern Virginia.
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This farm is located on Shottower Rd, which leads to the Shot Tower State Park, just off I-77 near Austinville and Ft. Chiswell, Viriginia. A local farmer told me this abandoned farm once belonged to a relative of the famous Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. It was foreclosed on and now stands mostly abandoned. The property is currently used to store rolls of hay, as seen in the previous post in this series.
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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I used my Tamron 15-30 mm wide angle lens to capture this dramatic view of the Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp. There were several blue, yellow, orange and green luminosity tweaks involved to get the optimal tonality spread. At the end of my black and white workflow, I applied my standard Agfa APX 100 b&w film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 software.
Part two of the lovely sunrise captured at Ocean Isle Beach. This post includes a couple of monochrome compositions as well. While the lovely color hues are a significant feature in the color compositions, the monochromes elevate the interesting patterns and textures of the clouds and tidal morning seascape.
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These lovely sunrise images were captured last week while on vacation at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The view is from the east end of this barrier island looking across the channel to Holden Beach, another in a series of North Carolina barrier islands. Mother Nature’s display this morning was quite spectacular!
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Leaving work a few months ago, I noticed a large flock of birds occupying a nearby water tower. With the sun setting and rather dramatic clouds behind the tower, I wished I had my Nikon full frame camera. Then I thought, hey, in my pocket I have a decent camera on my Samsung S5.
I ended up spending just as much time working on this image as I typical do on shots from my Nikon; including an emulation of Kodak Ektachrome slide film to get some fine grain structure and extra color punch. Perhaps I’ve been a bit of a snob regarding the ability of a mobile phone to capture a worthy image. I once heard another photographer say “the best camera is the one you have on you”.