While deliberately seeking out backroads on a return trip from Sumter, South Carolina, I was rewarded by finding this cool, abandoned structure on North Kings Highway (State Highway 261). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any background info, it does appear to have been some type of manufacturing facility.
I shot with both my Nikon 28 – 300mm and my Tamron 15 – 30mm lens. There was an abundance of cool light, shapes, textures and patterns.
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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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