In between shooting events at Bike Week, I wandered through the Ogemaw Fairgrounds in search of, a photo opportunity other than a motorcycle theme. Well, I do love old wooden buildings, and I do know where to find some on the fairgrounds. There is a nice little village that has been reconstructed with lots of old buildings. I really like the hinges on this old barn door. I debated whether or not to upload in color, the combination of rust and wood made for great textures, I decided on sepia tone. I like the tone and the antique mood it brings to the photo. We finally had a break in the heat today, it was much more tolerable being outside. Yesterday was unbearable, but somehow we made it through. Then it was back to the arena for Flat Track Racing, and more dust and dirt.
This photo is really two photos that I layered together in Photoshop CS5. The first layer is a picture of barnwood then for the next layer, I added a picture of Hollyhock flowers and set as an overlay. The resulting image shows the texture of the barn wood.
I am attracted to old barns and out buildings. I really like the weathered wood and the old hardware on the doors. The photo to the left is the door and hinges on an old corn crib (that’s what we used to call the one on my uncle’s farm). I like the look of the hinges and the weathered, painted wood. I took this photo and the reset of the photos in this post at the Historical Society of Bridgeport grounds. This is a nice area where the group has put together a nice historic park, including restored buildings from earlier days. There is a paved pathway that you can follow and some really nice flower gardens. I’m not sure what kind of plant this is, but I like the way it is climbing up the beam to the portico. I used my 50 mm lens today. I like the bokeh effect on the back ground, which really draws your attention to the flowers as the main focal point.
The picture below was taken in front of the barn. I like the look of the yellow flowers with the barn wood and wagon wheel in the back ground.
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Today we visited Mike and Mary Ann, everyone calls her “Stu”. Upon arriving, we noticed Stu’s car was not in the drive. Vicki sent a quick text and received the response from Stu, that she was at her son’s house and wouldn’t be home for a while. As they texted back and forth, I noticed the window on the side of their barn. I really like to photograph windows and doors, so I said to Vicki, “I’ll be right back”. As I was walking up to get a nice shot of the window, I noticed the day lillies in front of the barn. I really like the combination of the day lillies against the old barn wood and weathered window. As I took a few more steps and moved in closer, I noticed the old, rusty bicycle leaning against the galvanized wall of the barn, so I shot a couple more pictures.
I really like the way the sun was shining on the bike, almost like a spot light drawing my attention to it. I also like the contrast of the rust on the bike against the blueish tint of the galvanized steel wall. I zoomed in on the rear wheel of the bike to capture the unique detail, they sure don’t make them like this anymore.
Finally, I processed the bike as a sepia tone image to really add to that antique feel. The bike, the barn, the old window, remind me of simpler times when things were slower; it was a harder life, that’s for sure, but at a much slower pace. I’m not really sure if I would want to go back in time… after all, back in yesteryear, they didn’t have digital SLR cameras, cell phones, or blogs. Maybe the simple life is not all it’s cracked up to be.🙂