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Weathered Barn Door   9 comments

Weathered Barn Door

It was a beautiful autumn day in New Hampshire. After finishing a hike with Susan and my ol’ college friend, Tom, we were hanging around the truck having some lunch. No need to go anywhere else, as we warmed the bones in the sun.

A woman came down the road walking her dog, and as often happens in New England, we wound up having a nice conversation with her. I had my eye on an old, weathered barn across the street. The woman knew the owner of the barn, and suggested that the owner would have no problem if I moved in close for some pictures.

I loved how, in addition to the weathered wood, shadows from a nearby tree were playing across the doorway. This is the kind of rustic scene that, sadly, we don’t see too much of these days.


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Working the Wisteria   5 comments

Working the Wisteria


While shooting the interior of the house featured in “Life Amongst the Ruins“, I noticed that heavy growth of wisteria had taken over the back of the house. With its vibrant color, I thought it would make a good subject against the backdrop of weathered wood siding. It’s a fascinating plant in that for a week or two each spring, the colors really pop. After the decline of the blossoms, though, it begins to resemble nothing more than an invasive vine.

It wasn’t until I was post-processing this image that I noticed a little visitor. If you look closely just above the vine, near the bottom of the first slat, you’ll see someone who loves the flowers even more than we do.

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Serviceable   12 comments

In the description for my recent image What, Did You Miss Me?, I mentioned that an issue with summer photography in North Carolina is that a lot of the good targets are inundated with weeds, vines, and other foliage. This not only presents a problem in approaching a subject — think tall, itchy weeds on bare, sweaty legs — but the subject itself might be all but invisible under the new growth of summer.

On a recent cruise through the more rural areas of Pamlico County, NC, we managed to find one old barn that had an exposed, northern side, and also happened to be close to the road. Perfect… I’m not sure who owns it — there was a planted field just across the street — but unlike some barns around here, this one was still in service. I would have loved to take a look inside, but the decrepit door was held closed by the leaning 2×4 seen on the right.

I love the character of these old buildings. The rust and the weathered wood always seem to make an interesting subject for HDR processing. I only hope I’ve done this old beauty some justice.

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Cooning Boat   8 comments

Cooning Boat


On the same coastal farm where GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! was found, I noticed a small, old boat poking out the side of a barn. The peeling paint and deteriorating wood was too good to resist.

After seeing this picture, the owner told me, “The boat is one me and my father used to go ‘cooning’ in. Cooning is gathering the young oysters on free bottom and transplanting them into lease gardens.”

I had never heard the term before, so I did a little poking around on the internet and found this:

“Watching a person wading a coastal flat, hunched over, arms submerged to the shoulders while trying to locate and dislodge clumps of live oyster, it’s easy to see why this activity is called ‘cooning.’ The heavy-gloved oyster gatherer bears a somewhat humorous resemblance to a raccoon grubbing in the water along a shoreline, using its paws to ferret crawfish and other unseen critters from beneath the surface.”

Ah, now it makes sense.

Single frame, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 100, 26mm. Treated in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Color Efex Pro, and Alien Skin Bokeh for a miniature effect… there is no real reference for determining the size of the boat.

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Also: I’d like to thank all those who dropped by to view my new, free HDR Processing Techniques tutorial stored over on YouTube. Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated. Due to the success of the video, and at the urging of some, I do plan to create more video tutorials in the future, so please stay tuned.  Once again, thank you all very much for your support and encouragement.

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