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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Blazing barberry

Most of the autumn color in the trees has faded here but there are still a number of bushes that are displaying great fall shades.  This barberry bush in my yard is covered in red, orange and yellow hues which shine in the sun.  I just had to get a shot and share this will everyone!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400

Blowin’ in the Wind

We were out wandering yesterday and I spotted these fronds of decorative grasses blowing about.  I was trying to find a way to get the last of the autumn color in the trees behind this but it ended up that shooting toward the bright sky gave a better view of the delicate detail and fluffs lining them.

Fortunately for me, the sun was bright because the wind made keeping the grass in focus a challenge and it would have been impossible without a fairly high shutter speed.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/9 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 400

Four-alarm fire

Most of the vehicles at Old Car City are, well … old cars.  There are some trucks here and in a few cases, specialty vehicles like this old fire engine.  Though there is no squad of men keeping this one polished on a regular basis now, it still demands attention.  The lights that once flashed to get traffic out of the way, are now the one remaining spot of brilliant red.  All else has faded and the rust has started to eat at that once sparkling finish.

Somehow, I can still envision the light coming to life and the sirens blaring out their warning.  I see men pulling on their boots and coats and running to jump on as she roars off to rescue a cat up a tree or extingush a blazing fire.  It is amazing how a few little details can conjure up such vivid pictures!

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/18 – 1/3 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #FireEngine #WithMyTamron

Oh no, a flat tire!

Chrome and steel, the pride of Detroit.  Yes, this was the age of bigger is better.  Now the old land yacht is sinking into the woods.  It is amazing to look at this old vehicle and see how large everything was.  Look at that grill and bumper.  I think you could probably melt that down and make a Smart Car out of it!

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Better get that fixed

You wouldn’t want to get pulled over for a broken turn signal.  Then again, I don’t think this old GMC truck is going anywhere soon.  I think one of the trademarks of the landscape at Old Car City is how the leaves and pine needles settle on the cars.  Especially at this time of year, the car bodies start to look like little hills covered with nature’s carpet.

I tried to find an angle where the sun would shine through the back of the light but it was coming from the side.  Good lighting for the side of the truck but not what I hoped for with the signal.  Maybe this is something I could try with night-time light painting on another visit.

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/11 – 1/20 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Icing on the Cake

So, I’ve been sharing some shots from my photo journey this past Saturday.  The last stop on the tour was to shoot a wedding at Big Canoe.  For those of you who think wedding photography is fun and romantic, well it can be fun.  On the other hand, it is A LOT of work!

It was a beautiful day to be in the North Georgia mountains.  The temperature was cool and the skies were sunny.  After eight hours and over 1400 shots, the event ran its course.  I have to say, there was very little drama (of which, I am thankful).  It all went smoothly but it sure was a full day.  If you ever want to try doing an event like this, be ready to put in lots of hours and be sure you don’t miss the shots of grandma and the little kids.  There’s nothing unimportant on a wedding day!

Rubio-Wells Wedding
The Chimneys at Big Canoe

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
35mm @ f/4.5 – 1/30 sec – ISO 800