If you like barns, then this is a good post for you. I have three different barns to show today. If you don’t then we’ll see you the next time.
These images are from my barn shoot of last week. They are all owned by my friend Roger. This barn sits about 200 yards away from the 150 year old barn on his farm. We didn’t do any interior shots of it. Just a nice looking farm structure.
This barn sits at his residence in Maquoketa. It’s last few years were used more as a production facility and offices for a specialty business. Now for the most part it just sits empty and looks stately. 🙂
This is the 150 year old barn from my favorite perspective. The front and other side of the barn have been sided to prevent further deterioration. This barn was on the Jackson County barn tour that concluded a couple of weeks ago.
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I have three images to show today. Yesterday afternoon I went roaming through the countryside. Went to some places I haven’t been in several years. The light was not great but the sky was full of big puffy clouds so it was a good trade-off. You can click on the images to make them larger and see more detail.
Found this old windmill minus the fan blades. It was keeping watch over the hay bales.
I found an old road guard rail that had fallen down the side of a hill and I stopped to take some images of it (I didn’t like any of them.) As I was getting back in the car I happened to glance behind me and there was a large buck dear slowly crossing the road. By the time I turned the camera back on and got it to my eye he was gone. 😦
I love old barns and I found this guy sitting next to an abandoned farm home. There were all kinds of no trespassing signs around so I could only photograph it from the road, which really didn’t give me the best angle.
Felt good to be out with a camera again. 🙂
Enjoy your day.
I have three images for you today that are from my wanderings through the country side this past Monday. I drove about 100 miles looking for things that interested me and these are three of the things that caught my attention.
I was driving slowly along an old road that goes by the river and saw this little volunteer tree standing tall with the river in the background. I had to back up and make an image of it. 🙂
Driving through Clayton County I saw this hay-rake sitting in the harvested corn field along with three bales of corn stalks. I liked the story it told so made an image of them.
Finally I was going through the little community of Buena Vista and saw this magnificent weeping willow catching the last rays of the sinking sun contrasted with the shadows of the late afternoon. So I had to stop and make some images. I’m sure some of the cars that went past me wondered what in the world I was doing. 🙂
That’s it for today. Jeanne and I are attending our oldest Grand Son’s birthday party today. It’s actually the party for the Grandparents he has already had his other birthday party. So you’ll probably get some grand kid images tomorrow.
Thanks for checking out the blog. Enjoy your day. -45 degree temperature change from this time yesterday morning. Wow! Be careful.
Some more farm and harvest images for you today. Once again I find myself in my typical state of nothing on my mind of relevance and I’m out of time. 🙂
So you don’t have to read my babble today.
These images are from my road trip on Thursday. As you can see from the first image it started out as a very cloudy day. I was expecting rain but the clouds eventually gave way to blue sky and warm temperatures.
I have built and managed many websites over the years. It’s been a hobby / sideline for me and I enjoy it. I have divested myself of some of the websites of late, some by my choice and some by clients who do not want to pay my increased fees, which is another way of me saying I don’t want to manage this website any more.
Anyway I am finding that ending a website relationship is twice as hard as creating one. Go figure. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
I have some harvest images for you today. I enjoy shooting the harvest in Iowa. The light is generally softer although I shot these before the golden hour the sun was still softer than mid summer.
Busy last few days. We’re getting ready for a big event at work and I will spend a fair amount of time today working on some of the video and graphics for that day. I enjoy doing that but I’ve let my video editing skills get rusty. 🙂
They are tearing down a one story commercial building right next to the office building I work in. It’s been an interesting process to watch. First they had an asbestos abatement team come in and they took several days to remove the material from the roof of the building.
Then the big machinery came in and started tearing down the building. I’ll have some images of that perhaps for the blog later. I was impressed with the operator of the big wrecking machine. He brought down one cement block at a time. He was super careful so as not to damage our office building.
Amazing job and the skill he must have to operate such a big machine with such a delicate touch. Impressive.
That’s it for today. Lots to do before the end of the day. Prayers for my friend Melinda. Thank you for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
A couple of early harvest images for you today. We had a pretty good rain yesterday morning and I saw these two combines sitting in the field on the way to work. I reasoned they might still be there in the afternoon on my homeward commute because it would probably be too wet to continue the harvest.
I was delighted to see them both in their original position and I had some softer light from the evening sun shinning on them. 🙂
I’m doing some video work for a project this evening after work for my company. I used to shoot a lot of video and make training videos as well as video vignettes for website work. About the only video I work with now is from the Phantoms and they have been pretty much non-existent of late.
I actually was pretty good at editing video and using some special effects along with green screen effects. But like any skill if you don’t use it on a regular basis it deteriorates. Additionally the video editing software has changed a lot and I haven’t kept up with the changes so it is a real challenge trying to piece some video together in a coherent manner.
This morning I’m desperately charging batteries for cameras that haven’t been powered on for several years, hoping that the batteries will last long enough to get the footage I need. 🙂
So that’s all I have for today. It should be interesting working on this project. I have two video cameras and if they fail I can always use one of my DLSRs as a backup. Believe it or not I’ve never really shot any footage with the DLSRs even though they have the ability to do so.
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Back at it today. I wanted to show you this 3 image HDR rendition of the sunset I captured on Sunday. This is really more representative of what I actually saw.
The problem with DSLR cameras is that they can only capture about 5 levels of Luminance. The human eye can see about 9 levels. We can see detail in highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. By that I mean if I were to set the camera so that the sky was exposed correctly the shadows would turn to pure black and the mid-tones would be very dark. If I were to expose for the shadows then the sky would be pure white (blown out.)
I shot this using a technique call bracketing. The three shots were 1 full stop above, the mid-tones, and 1 full stop below. So you are able to capture the full dynamic range of luminance. Normally call HDR or High Dynamic Range. You can get pretty carried away with the finished product but this image is reflective of what I actually saw.
Look at yesterday’s post and compare the difference. Both were shot at about the same time.
I saw this guy coming over while I was waiting on the sun. At first I thought it was a regular plane but then as he got closer it was obvious it was an ultra light craft.
I only had the 80 – 400 mm lens with me so this is as close as I could get.
I’ll leave you with this image of a farm in the distance. Another shot I captured while waiting for the sunset. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted but wasn’t going to take down my tripod and go looking for something that might not be there. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.