Looks like the rain has stopped

The sun was out when I arrived at Bulloch Hall and there were just little puddles about to remind me of how dreary it has been recently.  Of course, the Atlanta weather has gone back to the ugly clouds again now but it was nice to have a bit of sunshine on Sunday.

Bulloch Hall is a stately home that speaks of prosperity and substance with its massive columns and greek-revival lines.  I can just imagine the days when the Bulloch and Roosevelt family members would sit on this front porch and enjoy a warm spring day in the Georgia sunshine.  This is a great place to go walk about and soak up the history!

Bulloch Hall Plantation
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon 7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/5 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 200

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Barrington Hall still life

Roswell Photographic Society has started the tour of historic homes for 2018.  Yesterday, we met at Barrington Hall to enjoy the beautiful history of this antebellum mansion that was the home of Barrington King, the son of Roswell’s founding father Roswell King.

The grounds and house are full of interesting pieces of history that I always enjoy being able to view.  The interior has many original and period pieces that show how the family lived and harken back through the 187 years that have passed since the home was built.

This image is a pair of silver serving pieces that would have been used in the kitchen and dining room.  I love seeing all the intricate decoration that covers many of these pieces.  It is just a feast of light and texture.  Can’t wait till our next visit!

Barrington Hall
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/16 – 1/4 sec – ISO 800

Color or not?

Madison Christmas-3434-Edit

I have a very hard time deciding when and if I should create black & white images.  To me, color adds so much that I am almost always hesitant to go to monochrome.  I know that you can do some really interesting stuff in b&w or tinted tones but can never tell whether it add or takes away.

I tried doing a sepia version of this abandoned plantation home near Bostwick, Georgia.  The James A. Nolan house which is currently boarded up and closed to the public is one of a few buildings remaining from the plantation that was worked by the Nolan family from the Civil War era up until 1970.  This home is not antebellum but was built about 1906.  There are older structures on the surrounding property.

I guess I’m looking for some input on what you think of the two versions.  Anybody have suggestions on how to decide when monochrome is a good choice?  I’m still not sure.

James A. Nolan House (circa 1906)
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/16 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

Heritage Hall

The home of the Morgan County Historical Society, known as Heritage Hall, is one of the most striking antebellum homes on Madison’s main street.

From the historical marker in front of this house:

As the county gained more plantations, Madison attracted nearby planters desiring to shop, socialize, learn, and worship. Some planters also built in-town homes. Antebellum architecture reflected the shift from the early yeoman farmer society to a slave-based plantation economy, dominated by a handful of planters whose grand homes spoke of their status.

Antebellum architecture also marked the community’s growing prosperity as well as an interest in the newly fashionable Greek Revival architecture. Stylish homes were added and older homes updated throughout the city environs, building a reputation of a progressive and cultured town.

The Johnston-Jones-Manley House (c.1811) acquired its later Greek Revival façade during the 1840-1850s and was moved 200 feet to face S. Main Street in 1908, thus allowing the construction of the Methodist Church (1914). In 1977, a Manley heir donated the home to the Morgan County Historical Society, Inc., who manages it as a heritage tourism site-Heritage Hall, a house museum with period furnishings.

Johnston-Jones-Manley House (circa 1811)
277 South Main Street
Madison, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/16 – 1/80 sec – ISO 100

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Wade-Porter-Fitzpatrick-Kelly House

Another one of the beautiful antebellum homes in Madison, Georgia.  I am amazed that this home has survived with a huge front yard right on Main Street!  This beautiful Greek-revival style house really has the plantation look but is right in the middle of this gorgeous little town.

Wade-Porter-Fitzpatrick-Kelly House (circa 1852)
507 South Main
Madison, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
21mm @ f/16 – 1/80 sec – ISO 100

A town Sherman spared

As most people know, during the Civil War, General Sherman marched through the Atlanta area and burned most of the existing architecture to the ground.  One notable exception was the town of Madison, Georgia where we spent Christmas morning with my daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Ryan.

One of Madison’s leading citizens, Senator Joshua Hill, was a strong unionist who had resigned his seat in 1861 rather than join the rest of the Georgia delegation in seceding from the union. He had made a gentleman’s agreement with Sherman not to burn the city.  As a result, the town is one of the best examples of antebellum architecture in Georgia.

The image here is of the Jessup-Atkinson house, which stands directly across South Main Street from the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The house is sometimes called “Luhurst” in memory of Lula Hurst who travelled the country performing an act consisting of illusions of levitation and strength. She later married her promoter Paul Atkinson, who at one time owned the Battle of Atlanta cyclorama, and settled down in Madison until she died in 1949.

Jessup-Atkinson House (circa 1820)
Madison, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/16 – 1/60 sec – ISO 100

Architectural Detail

Each year, when we go for a photo walk through historic Roswell, the group selects a few themes for the day.

This year, we picked:

  1. The color red
  2. Flowers and nature
  3. Abstracts
  4. Architectural detail

I walked past this one home on Canton Street where the leaded-glass window caught my eye and then, I noticed all the patterns of the shingles along the roof around it.  The repeating pattern and detail are very interesting but, it may be the irregularity of the pieces that I found most appealing.  While the shapes all follow the pattern, you can also see how the lines are not all perfectly straight.  Some of the shingles are a little crooked or slightly different sizes.  The window does not sit perfectly in the casing but everything seems to be as it should be.  I think this just shows the age and reminds me of how much work it must have taken to hand cut and position each piece of this house.

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Canton Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/8 – 1/6 sec – ISO 800

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