July - 5 - 2015 - A Rainy Afternoon - Some Where Down The Road

Today started out really good. It rained early and then the sun popped in and out throughout the morning. I began to think I'd get a full day of sun and planned to go shoot a waterfall late in the afternoon. I was very wrong on that plan. I packed the truck and headed out in full sun. As I drove along the clouds began to get thicker and darker and the a sprinkle or two and then a downpour. That's OK if it only last a few minutes or so, but it didn't, it lasted over an hour. I drove on toward my destination with a few periods of clear. My first image of the day came along a small fence line with Queens Anne's Lace and these blue wild flowers scattered among them. I love Queen Ann's Lace and they grow everywhere, so there are plenty of opportunities to capture different types of images with them. There were two horses in a field next to this area, but they were too far away for me to do any type of decent image so I drove on.

I wasn't sure what I'd find along the way. That's one of the most exciting parts of the traveling and shooting, you just never know when something is going to jump out at you. I drive really slow. Nothing against Grandma's, but they fly past me all the time! I am not going to a race, I am searching for the next image, great light, texture and color. I am looking for what jumps out and grabs my attention. I have always loved Old ,Rusty, Broken and Forgotten things, so naturally when I see something like this, I have to stop and capture an image of it. Like this Old Truck. There were actually three old trucks in this area, but, it was on private property, so I needed to be careful about trespassing. There was a gravel drive I pulled into to get this image. I liked the contrast of color and the rust and age and . . . well, the whole thing. So it was a must shoot opportunity. I know where it is so when I have more time I plan to return. Maybe I'll get permission and spend sometime exploring all three!

I continued to travel East and once again I passed something Old. I loved this old block building with an old RC Cola Machine out front. The place looked like it might have been a store at one time or a gas station or garage. Now all that was left was chipped paint and rotting wood doors. As I said, I passed this place up and as I drove I couldn't stop thinking about that RC Cola Machine. I turned around and headed back to see what kind of image I would be able to create. The light was flat and I figured I'd at least get a shot to work with. I was pleasantly surprised at the results and as you can see in the image the color really pops! When I see things like this I try to find a pleasing composition. Something that tells the story of the place and shows elements that YOU the viewer can relate to so the image takes you to the scene. It doesn't always work, but if we spend ample time seeing and not rushing, we'll capture many more interesting images that mean something .

As you'll notice in these images the light is FLAT. That's OK for me in some situations and I try to make due with what I have to work with on any given day. We can plan, but planning is best for longer trips and making sure you have all the materials and equipment you need. These quick afternoon trips are just a important as any longer trip, you just don't need all the stuff. I like that and but I still like to be prepared for any situation regardless when or where I am shooting. It's better to be overly packed, that regretful that you didn't pack the right gear. If you don't have it with you, you can't use it. That leads me to this next image. I never go anywhere without my FROGG TOGGS Rain suit.

It really came in handy for this next image. It was pouring down rain and I am glad I had the suit. In this image I was crossing a bridge that went over a lake. As you can see there was a railroad bridge next to where I was. In the distance you can see an industrial plant with smoke rising from the stack and to the left in the image a Lighting strike. I was not sure if the strike would show but it did and I am very pleased with the results. I was hoping for some additional images and as I traveled along this same road the weather became even worse.

I turned around and headed home and called it a day. I was out a total of four hours driving and I am happy with the results from the day. There have been days when I go out and never pick up my camera and other days when I never put it down.

Stay with me I have many NEW adventures planned and unplanned!

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