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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Part of the Dixie Furniture Company (founded in 1901), Link-Taylor brands manufactured quality hardwood office, bedroom and dining room sets. Dixie Furniture became Lexington Furniture in 1987. Like textiles, furniture manufacturing has declined significantly due to lower cost overseas manufacturing. These buildings are now part of the local abandoned manufacturing landscape.
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