Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Road Trip Photography

Chew Mail Pouch - Americana

I did not know this but these barns, with the Mail Pouch ads on them, were done by the Block Brothers Tobacco Co. of Wheeling, WV. The tobacco ads were painted on the barns between 1890 and 1992. You can read more about these barns at this Wikipedia site:

This barn is located on Rt. 50 west of Romney, WV. I took this photo with a 5MP P&S camera. The ISO was 50 exposed for 1/500 sec @f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I adjusted levels for proper color, cropped for a tighter fit and applied a little vignetting. After resizing for web viewing I added just a smidgen of sharpening, and that was it.

Here's another view of this barn, from a different angle, captured by another outstanding local photographer and posted on his site at Merlavage Images...

I guess I should add that I was doing about 50mph in my jeep and photographed this image through the front windshield while taking a slow curve to the left; the curve angled towards the barn and helped with the photographic process. Believe it or not, the windshield of a jeep, with its steep setup, really makes it easier for road photography than a slanted one; also provides less glare. If you ever try this while driving a jeep you will see what I mean.

Yeah, this is my Road Trip Photography world, and you are welcome to it.


  1. That's great. I've been thinking about taking a road trip because I love seeing stuff like that.

  2. Thanks buddy...nice shot. There are a few others in that same general area, although they're in various states of disrepair.