Color or not?

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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

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Vintage Tractor

Sometimes, I have to just go back through the archives and grab something interesting.  This is one of those days when I didn’t have a brand-new image to share so I pulled this up.

The tractor shown here is from the Cotton Gin Festival in Bostwick, Georgia.  There were lots and lots of John Deere tractors but this one was different.  I’m not a farm boy so, maybe it’s not all that unusual but I don’t recall ever seeing a Minneapolis Moline tractor before.

Minneapolis-Moline was formed in 1929 as a merger between three companies: Minneapolis Steel & Machinery, Minneapolis Threshing Machine and Moline Plow.  The company produced tractors and farm machinery in the Minneapolis, MN area and Moline, IL  up until its acquisition by White Motor Co  in 1963.  The brand continued under White until 1974 when the last Minneapolis-Moline was produced.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/10 – 1/60 sec – ISO 125

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Georgia Cotton

On our visit to Bostwick, Georgia for the Cotton Gin Festival, we walked to and from our daughter’s home to the center of town.  Along the way there were of course, patches of cotton.  Most of these are fairly small, backyard farms but this was once the mainstay of the area.  The King Cotton company had been the economic driver of this area for many years.  Today, it is just a reminder of the agricultural past.

Cotton field
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/610 – 1/640 sec – ISO 125

 

Cotton Gin Festival

Yesterday was just perfect for going to a fall festival in the country.  Since my daughter and son-in-law have moved out to Bostwick, we have been looking forward to going for the Cotton Gin Festival.  The little town of Bostwick is about half-way between Athens (which was packed with Georgia Bulldog fans yesterday) and I-20.  It owes most of it’s growth to the establishment of the King Cotton company which was the primary business here for a long time.

The Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival began to save the Susie Agnes Hotel in the late 80’s. Thanks to local residents, money was raised to purchase the hotel from a private owner and restoration began. The festival centers around an operating cotton gin, tractor parade, arts and crafts and live music.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 100

Dixie King Cotton – Shed House No 3

I only got to look around for  a little while at the buildings from Dixie King Cotton company that still stand along the main street in Bostwick, Georgia.  Cotton was truly king throughout much of the South and was the main contributor to the establishment and growth of this town.

Small portions of the cotton business continue to operate in Bostwick but the original company started to diminish around the period of World War I and never recovered.  I need to get back here when I have more time and really explore.  It is a great little piece of Georgia history.

Dixie King Cotton Shed House No 3
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 200

Cotton Gin – Bostwick, GA

This weekend, we were immersed in small-town southern culture when we went to visit my daughter, Megan and her husband, Ryan’s new home in Bostwick, Georgia.  They decided to look for a place outside the built-up suburbs where they could get some land and enjoy nature and this was it!

Bostwick is a small town in Morgan County, just North of Madison, Georgia.  If you don’t know where this is, it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere – between I-20 and Athens. In the mid-1880’s John Bostwick, Sr., a local boy, started buying land in this area for cotton farming.  He continued to expand his land holdings and the business thrived.  At it’s peak in the 1920’s the town had two cotton gins, a cotton seed oil mill, a depot and train station, a bank, a hotel, a dry cleaning business, three doctors, a blacksmith shop, post office, and three businesses with gas pumps.

The building in this image is a remnant of that golden age of King Cotton.  This operating Lummus Cotton Gin continues to connect Bostwick to it’s past.  Every fall, they have a Cotton Gin Festival, celebrating that history and inviting people to come see what small-town Georgia was like.

Dixie King Cotton Gin
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
18mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 200