Nature has patience. And, with all my travels I have seen many times how nature reclaims what is here. Whether it be a Forrest devastated by. fire, an abandoned house or rusty and rotting machines. Mother nature always wins. She has immense patience. In this image, I was walking through a train yeard looking for abstract photo opportunities. I stopped at this one train car and found this. A small but of a plant of some kind growing in the rusty dust form the boxcar door of this train. Nature always finds a way.
One of the things I love doing in the Palouse is exploring and photographing abandoned cars and trucks. They seem to be everywhere. It seems they all have their stories. One day someone parked the vehicle and just left it there never to return. I like to document the curves and textures as seen in some of my previous posts. This image today is of an old pickup truck dashboard shot with my Sony 100-400mm lens. I like using long lenses for images that some wouldn’t think of using a long lens for. The thing that I love most is peeling p[aint. I don’t know where this comes from but it is fun to see how time and nature change as well as reclaims things.
One of the things that have always made the Palouse un to explore is the abandoned houses and trucks that can be found in many places. Unlike other places, I visit it seems that a lot of times somewhere along the way folks just one day decided to pack some things and leave their homes. it’s not uncommon to find homes that have been abandoned for 20 plus years. Sometimes there is furniture and personal belongings in these homes.
The home above is one of these. There were a barn and a garage with this home but they were burned down in 2017. That is happening more and more too in the Palouse and is a who;e other stories. In any case, as a photographer, I like trying to capture these places and make the viewer ask what was the story?
On some Sundays Debra and I get in the car and go somewhere. On one particular Sunday we headed to Columbus, IN because this small city has some amazing architecture. We did a good day of shooting there and as alway had a good time. This image was of an old theater entrance in town called the Crump. Did many images of this building and it has all sort of potential for interesting images. During my morning coffee I decided to mess with color and texture. This is one of the results. Shot with the Sony a7r II.
In addition to my big bot camera the Sony a7 II I was also shooting this past weekend with the iPhone using my favorite app Hipstamatic. This app lets you configure the camera for certain styles and then applies them to shot you take. I love it and the next three images were made using this app and doing double exposures. One particular selection in the app called Salvator actually does the double exposure thing when the camera is shot, Hope you enjoy these three images.
I spent Saturday this week in Gary, Indiana with my wife Debra and some other photographers exploring and photographing some of the abandoned building in Gary. Gary is like a ghost town. Very depressed and very sad to visit. No matter where you go there are burnt out home, buildings abandoned by their owners and empty lots where homes used to be. There are so many building that need to be torn down tat Gary can’t afford it. As photographers we can explore some of these building and find some amazing things to photograph and only dream of what these places must have looked like in they splendor. This is kind of an abstract image with a curious painting of an eye I found in the old Gary Post office.
One of the things that make the Palouse so special are the surprises it offers up. I am in the Palouse all week leading Rockhopper workshop. We will be visiting many places and shooting the wheat harvest. However we will also be visiting abandoned homes and cars that are dotted all over the Palouse. It’s great fun. This image is an old house I found and then worked in post processing. I did a single image tone map then using silver effects pro did a fun BW toned conversion. Shot with a Fuji XT1.
Yesterday I was doing video shoot comparing two new cameras for Luminous-landscape. The shoot went well and we compared the two hot cameras today, the fuji X-T1 and the Olympus O-EM1. On the easy back for an amazing shoot in Zion National Park we stumbled upon what could be best described as a tourist trap. It was all roped of and obviously closed for the season. However that didn’t stop me from shooting from the road and parking lot. I was setting up the shot and just like that a rooster appeared in the frame at the exact correct position. I did the shot and thanked the rooster. Seem the rooster has done this before.
While in Salvbard, Norway we landed our zodiacs in an area that used to be an old marble mine. I always love these abandoned areas as I travel around the world. I’ll find rust, decay and all sorts of cools things to shoot that are not necessarily and landscape but in reality are. There were several huts here and this image is the side of one hut with a table. I liked the two mention feel and balance of the table with the window. Shot with a Phase One IQ180.
I love old, neglected, abandoned, rusty things. This is a lobby of a hotel in San Miguel that was almost 50% completed when it was abandoned because someone figured out it sat below a damn that if it failed would wipe out the hotel. So, on our trip their recently we had the chance to spend several hours there shooting. This is one of a number of good shots I got. Look for more soon.