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New Toy!   5 comments

New Toy!


Wow. I always wanted a Brownie.

Sadly, UPS was a little slow on delivery of this package. I think it has been replaced by newer technology.

This was one of the gems on display at the local farm museum. It would have been nice if it was a complete kit, but thankfully someone is preserving it regardless.

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In My Little Town   3 comments

In My Little Town


So, I thought to myself: If I use a fake tilt-shift effect during processing, will this scene look like a tiny toy town?

Nailed it.

Just having a bit of fun… This was a display at a farm museum nearby. In a long, metal building packed to the rafters, we found an incredibly eclectic collection of toy figures, lunch boxes, old farm gear, restored tractors, and icons from past times. No doubt there will be a few more images from this location, and as with any good spot… gotta go back!

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Rakish Looks   3 comments

A variety of old rakes graces the side of a barn at Ravenwood Farm, Pollocksville, North Carolina


Another image from alongside the barn near Pollocksville, NC, not far down the exterior wall from where To Every Purpose was taken. This is the same property featured in If You Don’t See It, I Don’t Got It and Sorry, I Wasn’t Expecting Company. Also, the huge John Deere combine seen in MOVE! was shot at this location.

Some people have commented that these walls tell the story of the person who owns and works the farm. That caused me to think more about the idea, as I’ve met and spoken with the farmer who owns the property. Standing at the edge of the field next to his home, you can barely see to the woods line way off in the distance. Sam was born and raised on this large piece of land and worked it for most of his life. Over time, as Sam got older, he reduced his own operation, first leasing the land to other local farmers and then selling parcels to other operators from farther away. These days, he works only about 100 acres, a fraction of what he used to manage, and sometimes needs a hand from another farmer I’ve met from just up the road.

One of the first questions that both Sam and his sister ask is, “Where are you from?” They ask because it’s rather obvious that my answer would start with, “Not here.” Being that they’ve lived on this land all their lives, there is a certain honor in knowing all of the local people, and perhaps a bit of suspicion when they don’t. Over the years, they’ve seen people come and go, and can recite local history in every small detail.  But when Sam tells me about the large farm operation coming all the way from Wilmington (two hours away) to work the land, the story is set against the context of a time when that would have been unheard of.

As I talked to Sam about his farm, I sensed a curious mixture of both pride and sadness, a mixture where a long, rich history dissolves into current-day realities.

Thank you to all who stop by here. I appreciate your visits very much, and it delights me when an image catches your attention long enough to take a closer look.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens at 17mm, f5, 7 exposures from Promote Control, processed using Photomatix Pro and Nik Color Efex Pro filters.

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Posted April 8, 2011 by Rob Hanson Photography in Photomatix Pro

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Squatter’s Rights   6 comments

A wren's nest is nestled into the workings of a rusted Farmall tractor in Pollocksville, North Carolina

We’re going back to Clyde Murphy’s tractor farm in Pollocksville, NC for this scene. You can see many more images from this location by scrolling back through recent blog entries.

As I was wandering up and down the line of tractors, I spotted what I think is a wren’s nest tucked into the workings of an old Farmall. I suppose a house is a home, especially when protected from the wind and rain, but I can’t imagine the level of surprise in store when Clyde fires this one up. A mobile home, then?

Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens at 16mm, f/7, 7 exposures from Promote Control.

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Carolina Cosmetic Surgery   6 comments

A dilapidated Farmall tractor in Pollocksville, North Carolina

Another beautiful Farmall tractor from Clyde Jr’s property.

On the highways around here, from the coast to Raleigh, there are billboards featuring a nubile, curvaceous young woman, advertising cosmetic surgery. I wonder if they take referrals?

You can see other images from Clyde’s property at Entangled, Reclamation, Clyde’s Rides and American Ickers, and Gentlemen: Try to Start Your Engines

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Reclamation   7 comments

An old, rusty Ford truck dissolves underneath pine trees in rural Pollocksville, North Carolina



I had stopped at Clyde Jr.’s place along the highway because he had an interesting collection of tractors in various stages of decay. As it turns out, Clyde Jr. inherited them from his father who passed last year. I’ve been wanting to shoot the location for over a year, but before this day, no one ever seemed to be home. I was lucky this time, as Clyde Jr. was out in the yard, working on a few of the tractors along with two friends.

Clyde Jr., being a retired aviation mechanic at the local air base, is fixing up the tractors for sale in the spring. When he told me how much he might get for one piece which I thought might never run again, I was astounded, and figured that he was spending his retirement time very well.

While there, I just, umm, couldn’t help but notice some of the old farm gear (Entangled), trucks, and old school buses that littered the property, so after checking in with him, Clyde gave me permission to wander around looking for targets. This one looked particularly tempting, and while it’s slated for removal, I think it looks just fine where it is.

These gems that are hidden in fields and woods throughout eastern North Carolina are wonderful targets for photography, of course, but they also tend to instill in me a sense of comfort. I begin to understand that given enough time the land will always reclaim our man-made objects. Nothing we make lasts forever — especially the clothes-washer-turned-paperweight I have whose warranty just expired 🙂  We can’t destroy Gaia. It lets me know that no matter how much of a footprint we might make today, it will be cleared away in time. I just hope Clyde Jr. doesn’t clear his property too quickly, before I have the chance to take a few more shots.

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Tech: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens at 13mm, f/5, ISO 100, seven exposures from tripod using Promote Control with center exposure at 1/200s. HDR Express to Photoshop.

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