One More Time

Some of you may be getting tired of barnwood. Others, I know, love the grain and etched aging of this wood. I will try to not post about barnwood for awhile. Try. These shots are all from one barn. I started shooting what I could from the shoulder of the road when a woman came out to greet me. She asked what I was doing and after I told her gave me permission to move unto the property. She was renting the farm. The barn was still somewhat in use for storing hay. In a story we keep hearing, the woman said the landlord just couldn’t afford to restore or save the barn. This barn was on the same property as the cutting machine from the last post.

My First Look

My First Look


Still Doing Its Job

Still Doing Its Job


Outside Inside Outside

Outside Inside Outside


Nails and Knots

Nails and Knots


Love Barnwood Heart

Love Barnwood Heart

A Second Look

One of the advantages of digital photography is that it is easy to take a lot of pictures. One of the dangers of digital photography is that it is easy to take a lot of pictures; sometimes short-changing the thought that should go into a picture. I try to take pictures that catch what I am thinking/feeling about my subject. Unfortunately the result isn’t always what I was hoping for.

When I look at my pictures on my computer and large monitor I go through them several times. On my first pass I delete the photos that are below the technical standards I try to uphold. During the second pass, I do some cropping and minor adjustments to exposure, color, and contrast. I also do some deleting of images that don’t convey a sense of what I was trying to communicate with the photo. The third time through I export copies of pictures that I want to share to files for printing and/or posting on Word Press. Occasionally I have photos that I am not sure about or for which I have mixed feelings. I save those for a later “second look”; seeing if time makes me think differently – for better or worse – about the photo.

Today’s photo is one I recently shared on this photoblog. At the time I felt like sharing the picture (to show what can still be seen in early Winter in Michigan), even though I had mixed feelings about its lasting value. I printed an 8 x 10 of the photo. I set it where I would see it often and the photo grew on me and took on a life and beauty that I hadn’t felt earlier. The cropping, contrast, and simple beauty of weathered wood on a collapsing building was what I felt when taking the image and now I could see and feel it in the photo.

I guess what I hope to convey is to be slow to use the button for your camera’s shutter and slow to delete images that might yet connect with you. Maybe you might want to take a second look at some of your own work. I invite you to take a second look at today’s photograph – preferably on a large screen – and see how the image might speak to you today. I would love to hear your thoughts about what made this image a “keeper” for you or what might cause you to want to delete it.

2 Knots, 3 Nails

2 Knots, 3 Nails

Train Station Impressions

These images of my trip to the Jackson Train Station are a bit more impressionistic. There was quite a bit of various types of cobblestone around; still in use from the stations early days.

Street, Curb & Sidewalk

Street, Curb & Sidewalk

Cobblestone Shadows

Cobblestone Shadows

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a bit of renovation working going on. This picture was taken through the protective fence around the site.

Bucket and Chain

Bucket and Chain

The final images are of a knot in a railroad tie and a rail. The rail was catching all of the evening sun on its well-worn rail and reflecting a very bright light.

Tie Knot

Tie Knot

evening glow

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