A great Sunrise
A great Sunrise
Abandoned, overgrown houses and barns always make me think of what would the world look like if people began dying off, or an EMP hit, or some plague struck us down. (Not a zombie thing!). Half eaten meals on a table, VCR tape still jutting from a VCR, a coat draped over a now overturned kitchen chair. Trees and brush sprouting through the basement floors, edging up the stairs and into the 2nd story of the house. So I decided to go venture out and find a few of these places and just “look around”. I’ve been feeling very lackluster about writing lately, but passionate about taking photos, maybe I could get one to spark the other into gear.
There is a sadness in places like this and a story. Why was the house left like that? Why is all their “stuff” still here. Of the odd things you see while traveling, that make no sense in the realm of the world. The WTF things.
Or the beauty that hides in the areas, the wild grass, the wayward trees, the hidden treasures in the overgrown brush that tangle your feet.
We did come across a car from yesteryear. To which my nephew, Rhys asked “Can we take the steering wheel!” What a guy!
Those places, those once-homes to humans or animals, are relics frozen in time with dust and cobwebs. Snapshots into time that has just transpired, the blink of an eye if you think of the age of this rock we live on.
I’ve fiddled around with my new camera and have gotten used to it enough that I’m more comfortable with it. Last night, after the deluge of rain we got, I knew the river would take on that sweet calm. I hoped for some nice light. Jules was getting ready for bed and I changed into jeans and hopped onto the 4 wheeler and jetted off to the Island in Lille.
My newest lens isn’t as good as my old one (270 vs 300) but I do like it, a little more stable and I find that on the zoom it does just as good a job as my old one.
I think I have said this before – photographs are 2D while what we see, in life, is 3D. The lens, camera, whatever – only captures a faction of what the human eye can see. This is where settings and lighting and even post processing can come in.
I get lazy sometimes and just slap it into auto and take pictures, dealing with everything else in post. That’s when you are shooting on the fly and don’t have the time to fiddle with the camera.
The water is super high this year so makes for a mirror like reflection. Now, about that whole 2D vs 3D thing. I don’t have anything over the top expensive to do post, its this program called PhotoImpact. I like it, mainly because I got PI in 1996 and have stuck with it (I got PI 2 and its now up to 13). I’ve tried lightroom and stuff, but the plug ins and apps drive me bonkers! I’m not a professional, I am a girl who sees this through the lens of a camera differently.
The thing about sunsets and sunrises, they don’t last forever. Zoom in, zoom out, snap shots. If a blog post is 30 pictures, I’ve taken about 90. Same shot, different settings.
The light near the river was fading so back on the 4 wheeler and jetting off to the church. I was hoping to catch the last of the fledgling light and I did. After a quick “hi, how are you doing” to the owner of the Church, I zoomed down and snagged a few photos.
1 – taking pictures at night means being stung by mosquitos
2 – those sucks are mean
3 – I’m by no means a great picture taking, at least, I don’t think so. I see things differently, I’ve been told, so I’m always on the lookout for that. Last night while moving around in the cemetery, I saw the cast reflection of the fading light on a few headstones.
I do like the way they came out.
Until next time!
So I finally gave in and got a new camera. To most people, that’s not a big thing, for me – its HUGE.
1st, which one do you get? 2nd, how much do I pay? 3rd, what features do I want?
I never have been one to make big purchases, but I put aside a few bucks every week and started researching. It came down between the T5, the T5i, and the SL1 (all Canons as I’ve a great 18-270 lens).
I settled on the T5i, mostly for the sensor review. I ordered it from Abe’s of Maine, out of New Jersey (I don’t ask questions!). I got an email from the company and I had to call them, I found out that the battery life with the normal battery sucks, so I tagged on a purchase of a super sized battery.
My 1st round of taking pictures was a nice sunset along the tracks.
Getting use to a new camera is always a curve. How it feels, the settings, where the buttons are. Thankfully, most cameras are standard, but there is ALWAYS different things you can do. I’ve still got a few kinks to work out!
The week after I got home from nine weeks away, I whisked my wife off to Bar Harbor.
Note: My wife doesn’t like to do things outside our norm. Little by little, we have been. 1 – we’ve never had MONEY to do this. Not that we have that much more now, but there are many things to do that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
I didn’t take many pictures, mainly because my camera (now upgraded) was giving me a hard time.
We hit up Acadian National Park for a little hike, grabbed snacks, went to the beach (which I took no pictures of, instead I just watched my wife with glee as she visited the beach for the 1st time)
There is this really wicked hike you can take, walking on boards all around the pond – the water is crystalline.
We are NOT the selfie taking couple. Actually, I hate being in any type of photo at all. However, Jules being at her 1st beach ever, had to be captured.
The last time I was in Clayton, NM I enjoyed quick lunches and the such at the Eklund. This time I got to stay there. My sister-in-law, Vic was rather taken w/the few pictures I took of the place. So, this time around, I took more.
The building was built in the last 1800s. It’s been rather well upkept, considering you go through out the country and see abandoned places just like this all along the drive.
All along, I thought it was a tin ceiling, but it isn’t. It is all plaster. Which, makes it all more facinating and unique.
If anyone knows me, they know I love door knobs! The wood etching on the fireplace is very cool, and looked better in Black and White.
Again, the decorations/details on the ceiling are all plaster.
The fireplace is all marble. There are two in the dining room and one in the saloon (which I didn’t get to photograph, maybe next time!)
As I was driving down the 54, to my right it was as dark as night and to my left, completely sunny. And that produced a great rainbow – even with my 18 lens I couldn’t get the whole rainbow! (I did with my phone)
And that was my view to the front. And my long drive is finally over. For another 10 weeks.
I say this ALL the time. I love to chase the light. I love the sun. I love sunsets and sun rises. I was having trouble catching a great sunset on the Island. They are fleeting and I couldn’t find “the place”. Then one of the CNA’s at the nursing home told me about the beach.
So off I went, found the beach but the sun wasn’t right yet. I headed up around the other end of the Island and found a place that the sky was just starting to color.
I took off and headed back to the beach and now the light was better. I walked around, met a great dog who thought I was the devil. *L*
I sat on the rocks and waited. I am totally in love with my new lens. It reacts quick, seems easier to use. Also – no swapping lenses!
The sun set slowly that night, so I had all the time in the world to roam around the rocky beach and snap a picture here and a picture there. Some time to think. Reflect. Contemplate.
I got back in the car before it got to dark and headed back to the dock I’d taken a few pictures at before and snapped a few more.