Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Old Barns Around the Foothills

I have been meaning to get out at the crack of dawn and drive around looking for photo opportunities, and I finally pushed past the pain of frostbite and did it. Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot:

Check out that huge hawk/eagle/falcon/whatever nest in this next one...



But the real subject matter I was seeking out was old barns. I want to include an old barn on the cover of my novel.  The dun horse in these next few photos was just too good to be true...











I learned that I can take pictures of barns on the west side of the road at sunrise, but will have to come back to shoot barns on the east side of the road at sunset.  It took me three hours to get 200 shots, and I only found a few barns.  I half-expected people to question me on what I was doing, but it helps to have the name of my photography studio on the side of my truck.  People let me fire away without resistance. Which photo do you like best?

20 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

They're all good shots. I like the fallen down stone building with the doorway as my favorite, the other one that I thought was good was the first barn picture with the dun horse. Good luck with your novel.

fernvalley01 said...

Love love love the photos with the pale wood barn and the mountains behind, but then I saw the red barn, really like it too!
My new camera that I srimped and saved for then had to backorder finally came in !!! I will pick it up tomorrow

Farm Girl said...

You are braver than I am for getting out at sunrise in the cold! I liked the third photo and the first one of the red barn. You do very nice work.

baystatebrumby said...

Barns are great, and so are those mountains! Yowza.
Your pictures are great. My dad is a photographer who does a lot of picture-taking of old barns and rural landscapes and I'm sure he would say that getting a photo just right isn't a given, even if it looks like it might be easy.
Getting up at dawn? Now that's dedication.

Ms Martyr said...

I like all of them but if I have to choose, it's a tossup between the second red barn picture and the older looking barn. Wish it didn't have whatever that white thing is in front of it cutting off the view.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ms Martyr - The white thing is an old water tank. That was one of the barns that was on the east side of the road, and that was the only angle I could take the picture without the sun being behind it. I have a close up of it from a previous photo shoot at dusk.

Tammy said...

Very cool barns!

Mikey said...

I can't decide which barn I like best, much less which shot. We had a big barn when I was a kid, but boy, I'd sure like to have one now. Those are GORGEOUS.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I would love to have that huge red barn. Looks like part is below ground, too.

My fave pics are #3 and #11.

~Lisa

KD said...

I'm liking photo one and three. Like the stark trees against the dawn.

Reddunappy said...

I like the last two of the barn with the dun horse! there is a lot there to draw your eye around.

aurora said...

I like the third photo best, altho they are all nice!

Paint Girl said...

I love 1 and 3 and the first barn!! But they all turned out really good!

Anand said...

Ni once...Love the wood house

Redneck Geologist said...

3 & 7

Promise said...

I love the 1st and 3rd shots with the trees...I don't know what it is about trees, but I love to photograph them and draw them. The texture, the shape...just SO cool!

Maery Rose said...

I especially like the photos of the first barn, the wood one. The horse on the side adds to it. I also like the tree against sky shots. Those are one of my favorites to play around with as the sky changes from clear to cloudy, light to dark.

Rising Rainbow said...

I love #1. There's something about the contrast in the colors that draws me.

I'd love to own a couple of those barns instead of my little dinky ones.

achieve1dream said...

Fantastic shots! I think my favorite is the lone tree against the sunrise. Close seconds would be the first picture with half the barn and the horse as well as the closeup of the chimney and log walls. Very cool.

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, I LOVE old barns! We saw that red barn, too! Isn't it near the road down from South Lake Tahoe? I recall it was off on a side road there. I could spend a whole weekend just looking for barns up here! In fact, I've done just that. I think every barn has a story to tell.