Photography is more than just documenting a time in one’s life. It also captures the emotion of the subject and its background.
This young lady is a senior in high school and chose her grandmother’s childhood home as a location for some of her senior portraits. The old farmyard is now beyond repair but still holds memories. I’m sure we can all think of a time and place in our lives that we would like to go back and revisit.
Two images blended together. All available light
Background ~ 2.8 aperture ~ 1/200 shutter ~ ISO 400
The good thing about starting a new year (at least in our minds) is the opportunity to evaluate life and how we are living it. Resolutions, lists of things you wish to accomplish or goals to attain may have occupied your thoughts the past 24 hours. How long the effort to work on these items may waiver as the year goes on, but we still must live our life until the end. We can make all the plans and goals we want but sometimes life can make the decisions for us and we just have to roll with it. So here’s to the new year and may your path be easy and smooth. Hopefully, we don’t trip on our own feet!
I have walked and driven by this barn with its majestic cupola countless times as it slowly sinks toward the ground and usually think only of its decorative features, not considering that it once had an important function. Since the construction of the first cupola they have had a vital purpose to the function and contents of the barn. Barns contained hay stacked in high towers in order to accommodate greater amounts in less space. Cupolas on top of barns contain holes that provide light and constantly draw in circulating air, which dries the hay stored nearest to the top of these stacks.
To me the cupola evokes a sense of nostalgia and and appreciation of the hard work involved with farming in the past. I imagine how hot, sweaty and dusty it must have been back in the days of farming with horses and when daily life of a farmer involved hard physical labor. It was also a farm kid’s playground for games that may or may not have involved broken bones or wounded egos at some point. The barn is a symbol of farming in American but is a vanishing site as they become too expensive to repair and modern technologies have deemed them impractical for present day use.
There may be fewer of the “old style” barns as we drive through the rural regions of our country but you can’t help but have a “Norman Rockwell” moment you when you drive by an old farmplace after a fresh snowfall and see the cupola on the barn roof jutting into the skyline with its majectic features as if to say “Remember me?”
Photo information: Canon 5D Mark 2 / available light with reflector / Aperture priority 2.8 / Edited with Photoshop CS5
♦ The background is of prairie grass near a small slough facing the sunset during the last minutes of the summer solstice. Camera was set at aperture priority 2.8 / 70-200 Canon L lens / Canon 5D Mark 2 and focused on the grasses in the foreground with flare from the setting sun. The background is straight out of the camera with no editing.
♦Top image of the child was taken earlier in the same evening as she was walking on a gravel road using the same camera at aperture priority 2.8 with more direct side lighting. I did some touch-up with the face blending and softening the highlighted area on the side of her face, lightened the shadow detail and used Kubota action, Golden Delish. Dragged image to the background and opacity was decreased to allow the background grasses to show through and used the eraser tool to blend the transition between the two images.