Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Black & White Photography


West Virginia Farm House


There are many such older farm houses in WV and MD. This one is on Patterson Creek Road, between Burlington and Petersburg, WV. The farm house that my dad grew up in was similar to this one, even though all that is left of is is an empty shell of a building in Lost City, WV.

I look at homes like this one, and seeing how they are still being used, is a tribute to how well many of the homes of the past were built. Yeah, there were quite a few that would not stand the test of time, but then you see something like this and you know it was built with love and a sense of doing what is right in building a home that would last.

The history that is present in those walls can never be known, except only by those who have the blessing of still living in such wonderful places of life. Yes, life. Life in the walls, in the rooms and in the people who still live there. This is on a working farm and it would be interesting to see what this home is like 10 or maybe 20 years from now.

I hope I can still do so… 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Road Trip Photography

Hay Wagon


Recently I’ve been showing a number of photos taken while in WV. So, today, I thought that I would show you an image taken in Western Maryland, specifically in Garrett Co.

The place where I took this photo, near Oakland, MD, is on a farm that does a number of these setups, depending on the time of the year. However, this is the first I’ve seen this particular setup. I think it is cool.

Depending on how you look at this piece of art, one could consider it to be a pickup truck or a buckboard. For me, I think it looks like a buckboard, and that is why I called this one the “Hay Wagon”… :-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

B&W Street Photography

Smokin’ Santa Helper


In a recent outing at a local shopping mall, I spotted this young lady walking across the parking lot. Other than basic black & white clothing, the only color she had was with her “red” Santa Hat.

Immediately I grabbed my camera and just as she approached the side walk she took a puff on a cigarette just as I snapped the shutter. A real smokin’ Santa helper was the first thing about which I thought and that became the title for this photo.

I just had to leave the “red” hat in this b&w image, just because it was the only color in it, and the silhouette made because of the bright background, and the fact that I had already pre-set the camera for a 2/3 under stop exposure, just made the photo that much easier to create.

Sometimes things just fall into place just at the right time… :-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Road Trip Photography

A Stream Runs Through It


It’s on the verge of Winter and yet colors still abound. There may not be any leaves on the trees, but there are shades of hues out there. You just need to look for them.

This is but one of many valley scenes that can be viewed on Patterson Creek Road; a wonderful name for a road that provides images like this. Patterson Creek Road runs between Burlington and Foreman, WV. The entire drive consists mainly of farms and land for cattle.

This scene here is one where I always thought would make a good place to put a cabin over next to the mountain, just on the other side of the stream. I love how the leaves and pine needles on the ground gives and bit of brown edging to the tree line running up the hill.

The valley itself is nicely green for this time of the year, and many times one can see cattle peacefully grazing or deer running across the fields. It is beautiful country and it’s the kind of land upon which my Dad was raised. This is just another reason why I love where I live.

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Black & White Photography

Field Barn


My Dad was raised on land like this. While still in school he, his brothers and his Dad would get up early and go out and feed the live stock, while grandma went about fixing breakfast for them.

When the chores were finished, they would head back to the house and have breakfast. Once finished, and they were washed up, the boys would head off to school while granddad went off to work.

It was a small farm, just a few head of cattle, some pigs and chickens and an assortment of other animals. For the most part, they grew their own food, in addition to the livestock, and my grandfather worked in a Tannery to earn what money they needed to keep the farm going.

In the evening they would do the same and then have supper, followed by homework.

I see a scene like this and it makes me realize how good and easy we have it today. I can’t imagine living as my Dad and his family did. It had to have been a hard life, but they survived and they all seemed happy, even in later life when they no longer lived and worked on the farm, but that’s another story…

Monday, December 12, 2011

Road Trip Photography

Field & Mountain


Sometimes a photo op just presents itself. This is another example.

I was heading West on Rt. 50 in WV and was just topping Knobly Mountain when I saw in the distance snow lined mountain tops. Where I was there was no snow and some of the field grass was still green. I knew a photo op was coming.

I picked up my camera & turned it on. It’s always preset for what I want so that all I have to do is just point & shoot. There was time for only one shot and this was it.

We just recently had snow warnings but the only snow was on the mountain tops and west of us in another country. We got nothing. Here the contrast was striking and for me photo situations, like this one, don’t come along that often. Hope you like it as well…

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Black & White Photography

Heading For The Barn


Early morning and I’m heading for the barn. There’s a storm coming and I must get my work done before it hits.

The air is chilly as I walk up the hill but I’m dressed for the work that I must do. I can finish up in a couple of hours what needs to be done before it rains, and I can do the other chores later when I don’t have to be out of doors.

It’s my farm and the work must be completed no matter what the weather, but I like it. If I didn’t I would be here. When it comes to farm work there are no holidays or time off. You do what you can when you can and when it needs to be done.

Yeah, this is my barn. It may be old, but it’s mine…

Isn’t it amazing what comes out of my mind. Sometimes I even surprise myself…

Monday, December 5, 2011

Road Trip Photography

A Farmer’s Mailbox


I’ve gone past this mailbox many times and I’ve never had a chance to stop and photograph it.

However, on this one particular day, I knew I was coming up on it and I kept checking the road in front of me and in back. As I got close I started to slow up to stop but just as I got there several cars came around the turn down the road and I knew it was either going to be a drive by shot or forget it.

I wound down the driver side window and slowed as much as I could. As I got close I pointed the camera and snapped the shutter just before the cars went past. Well, I got my photo and it turned out better than expected.

It is amazing what one can find and see when they go driving off of the beaten path, especially down country roads. This is but one of many photo ops that I find on a regular basis. Hopefully there will be many more to come with retirement coming up in about three months… :-)