I normally do not post on Saturday but since I missed yesterday I’ll make up for it today. I didn’t post yesterday even though I fully intended to because this image took so long in post process. I wanted an image of the tractor and the windmill in the same frame. However there were too many power lines in the frame. The only way to capture both the tractor and windmill was to include the power lines in the image.
Power lines are the bane of photographers. I hate them. Yes I know they are necessary but one would think in 2015 we could find a better place for them. So should I have just shown the image as it was or tell you that I spent an hour and a half taking all the power lines out? There were 8 of them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken what I thought (in camera) was a great image only to find those dreaded power lines prevalent in the image during post processing. 😦
Anyway I’m giving you the image sans power lines.
I was on highway 61 headed back to Dubuque after the retreat at Camp Courageous, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this old McCormick tractor. I continued a half mile down the road and finally won the argument with myself to go back. Once I finally got off the four lane I had some difficulty actually finding the tractor and getting to a place where I could photograph it. The evening sun was getting very soft and yellow and I just couldn’t pass this old-timer up.
I’ve photographed this old barn many times in the past. The warm sun was bathing it in soft yellow light and I couldn’t resist pulling over and grabbing another image of it. I hope you enjoy this old structure as much as I do. I’m beginning to see a pattern here of “old things.” 🙂
That’s it for today. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Happy Hump Day! ~ 331
Abraham Maslow said, He that is good with a hammer tends to see every problem as a nail. I believe when you apply that basic thought to human nature it can also mean that if you are comfortable with one line of thinking you tend to see only solutions that follow that line of thinking. Or if I’m only looking for wildlife to shoot then that is all I tend to see and pass up other interesting objects, things, people, events, or whatever else there may be right in front of my lens.
So last evening on the way home, although tempted from time to time, I only looked for things of interest or that might stand out as being unusual or in an unusual place. Such was the case with this road grader. Not only did the color of it catch my attention, (I’ve only seen them in yellow) but it was also where it was sitting. I wasn’t expecting to see it there.
I spent about 30 minutes shooting this grader. The light was not very good and yes I could have come back when the light was better but I had other things to do so it was then or not then. 🙂
It was an enjoyable experience walking around this old grader and finding interesting things on it. There was a nice broken glass pattern on one of the doors and I was very careful about my angle when I captured the image, but not careful enough because when I went to process the image there was my ugly mug in the reflection. 😦
Anyway as I was shooting away I wondered about the individual who use to drive this grader and looking at the levers it was easy to see they had been touched thousands of times while adjusting the blade. It was a fun shoot for sure.
Late night tonight. I have training all day and then to Cedar Rapids to celebrate the opening of our newly remodeled branch. Hope to have some more images of non birds for you tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.