Haunted House?

Haunted? Probably not. It’s more likely the beginning of settlement on this farm property.
I rarely talk about my shooting process, but here goes. I typically address three questions; sometimes mulling them over and sometimes almost instantly. The questions are 1.) Why does this shot appeal to me?; 2.) Is this the best angle to capture the image?; and 3.) How can I best convey the emotional response this subject raises in me? I have been influenced in these questions by Freeman Patterson (whose work I love!) and Ansel Adams (who still often inspires me, though dead, to consider black-and-white photos).
Here’s how I answered the questions. One. I love the mystical image of the fog, mist, and old wood contrasted with the reflection of the morning sun off of the window. Two. After moving around a bit, I settled on this shot because the light reflected best off of the window, the road draws your eyes to the cabin, and the trees frame the shot. Three. Getting a darker picture with the fog still prominent and the light just starting to break through came as close as I could come to conveying my emotional response.
In processing I preferred the starkness of the black-and-white photo (all I used to shoot), but included the color image for comparison.
Which image connects best with you?

House in Black-and-White

House in Black-and-White


House in Early Morning Color

House in Early Morning Color

Critters

For such a foggy morning (see previous post), I saw a lot of animals in my two-hour outing on Wednesday morning. I saw deer and sandhill cranes (both too far away to shoot). I saw buffalo and longhorn cattle and the critters captured below; some from roadside farms and some in “the wild”.

Rhode Island Red (and this brown hen does lay brown eggs)

Rhode Island Red (and this brown hen does lay brown eggs)


Pheasant Phlying (and one still having coffee)

Pheasant Phlying (and one still having coffee)


Pheasant: "You can't see me." Me: "Yes I can."

Pheasant: “You can’t see me.”
Me: “Yes I can.”


Domestic Turkey (campaigning for duck for the Thanksgiving bird)

Domestic Turkey (campaigning for duck for the Thanksgiving bird)


Duck (heard about the campaign)

Duck (heard about the campaign)

Foggy Morning

Snow came down in the center of the state, but here we woke to a foggy morning. I love the images you can get with fog. Here are a few from this morning.

Sunrise

Sunrise


Layers

Layers


Shadowlands

Shadowlands


Leaf

Leaf

Sauder Village Random Images

These are the last few images I intend to post from Sauder Village (the 19th century village in Archibald, OH); at least for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Church Window

Church Window


Tin Coffee Pot

Tin Coffee Pot


Pumpkins

Pumpkins


Grinding Corn

Grinding Corn


Deer Hides and Sun

Deer Hides and Sun

19th Century Windows

The traditional proverb, “The eyes are the window of the soul.” (attributed to many authors), suggests that windows are for seeing in as much as for seeing out. In the 19th century windows were very important as the primary light for most tasks. Many windows (especially with glass) were a sign of wealth. Taking pictures with windows in them is a good photographic challenge; as getting the light right both inside and out can take some work. What do these windows say to you about 19th century America or even 21st century America?

Privacy Lace

Privacy Lace


Light for the Kitchen

Light for the Kitchen


Looking in at a Settler's One-Room Home.

Looking in at a Settler’s One-Room Home.


In and Out

In and Out


Farm Window

Farm Window


Cabin Window

Cabin Window


Corner Windows

Corner Windows

19th Century

No. I am not that old (although there are some days I feel it). Jo and I visited Sauder Village in Archibald, Ohio; near the Ohio-Michigan border in northwest Ohio. The village portrays many parts of life throughout the 1800’s. Volunteers demonstrate many 19th century crafts and professions and are very well-informed artisans and lecturers. The village curator works full-time to maintain authenticity in both the look and action of the village. Today’s photos are a small tribute to the awesome volunteers at Sauder Village.

Barber, Dentist, and Blood-Letter (see dental tools at end of today's photos)

Barber, Dentist, and Blood-Letter (see dental tools at end of today’s photos)


Yarn Spinner

Yarn Spinner


Basket Weaver

Basket Weaver


Barrel and Bucket Maker

Barrel and Bucket Maker


Tinsmith

Tinsmith


School Teacher

School Teacher


Dentist's Tools (ouch!!)

Dentist’s Tools (ouch!!)

Black Swan and Fall Sun

The Australian Black Swan was once found only around Australia. Importation and some resultant escapes have made the black swan present in very small numbers in Europe and North America as well as Asia. I have included two shots of the swan and one additional image, The additional image was from my panning of the flight of two swans and catching a bit of sun. Some would immediately delete such images, but I rather enjoy the slight abstraction and hope you do as well.

On Land

On Land

In the Water

In the Water

Fall Sun

Fall Sun

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