Shadow Play

Yesterday while waiting for the plumber to arrive, he was supposed to be there by 8:30 or 9:00 (!!!)  I went out to play with the camera and tripod and try my luck at photography with ambient light.

So they aren’t the most amazing composition, but I was trying for light, shadow, and clarity in the shots.  If you happen to be entertained (even a little bit) well then, that is great!

The first three are to show you where the photos were taken.

Lots more where that came from too, but I have to get rid of most of it because it really has no purpose anymore.  Perhaps I will think of something fun to do with some of the old hardware and such, we’ll see.

Oh yes, and the shacks will be renovated and/or removed when we get moved up there.  😉

30 thoughts on “Shadow Play

  1. Na Na says:

    The pine cones are considered good fire starters. Because of the resin in them. That would account for so many in a smoke house? I can’t remember the exact formulas but the cones can be made to burn in rainbow colors for a pretty fireplace fire and they smell great.

    • Lynda says:

      Thanks, Anita! We have a fireplace insert in the old stone fireplace, those would/will come in handy for lighting a fire in there,and these will be nice and DRY too!

    • Lynda says:

      Lillian, this one is a well loved pot. I am thinking of cleaning it up for decoration in the kitchen… if I have room that is. 😉 I am certainly paring down what I own and may find that every square inch will only hold what I absolutely need! We’ll see.

      We sure do like the same things!

  2. chatou11 says:

    So many things Lynda, love the nest in the lown tractor.. if you need something, you will find it!!!! I think it’s great all these old things and I am sure you will find something to do with. You can plant in the lawn tractor and even paint it. So many things to do Lynda!

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, there are a lot of things to do, Chantal. I think I will leave the tractor tire for the Carolina wrens. I love watching them at nesting time. They are the sweetest little bird. I also realized that in that old bucket of bolts I can already see a use for the old door lock and the old water spigot handle! The will make a nice place to perch on the outside of a bird’s house. Yes?

      So much fun awaits me when we finally get moved up there! 😀

    • Lynda says:

      Whenever I think of my work I never think of it in that way; that I have a good eye. I can appreciate what others see when they choose to take a photograph, but never see my own ‘eye’. You just made me feel heaps better about what I am learning. Thanks, Tom! 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      Thanks, Becca, there will more to be sure! You know, intellectually I know it is a farm, but without the animals here it sure doesn’t feel like one yet.

  3. Littlesundog says:

    I love these varied photos, Lynda! It’s like being on a magical tour, not knowing what’s around the corner or along the path. I love how you manage to find something to do while you wait. It sure beats getting your panties in a twist waiting for someone who is late!

    • Lynda says:

      Thanks, Lori! I usually don’t like to leave the house when I am waiting, because I am afraid that they will come and I will miss them! However, I am thinking of making a sign for by the front door that reads:

      If no answer; please ring the bell.

      If it is someone who knows me they will know about the bell. If it is someone trying to sell me something then they will just leave scratching their heads! 😀

      Getting your panties in a twist is never beneficial to one’s comfort and well being. 😉

  4. shoreacres says:

    My favorite is the photo of the tools you bought. The coat hook was in first place before I found that one.

    I had the funniest experience yesterday. I have a photo of a curved corridor at the Crystal Bridges museum in my post. I found almost exactly the same shot in the Huffington Post, compliments of Crystal Bridges. I just laughed – developing that “eye” you speak of is so important, and to see I’d framed the same shot as the museum photogs – well!

    As someone said to me once, anyone with a credit card can buy a camera, but not everyone can learn how to see. You’re clearly learning – and we’re the beneficiaries!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Linda. I have watched some of my friends here in Blogosphere grow in their abilities with the camera and some grow at light speed while others follow the slow and steady rout. For me, it just seems like nothing happens, or I just don’t see it. When I like it most of the time I get no comment. When I see nothing, suddenly I get lots of feedback. So, I guess I will take my feedback and learn from it, and when it is crickets chirping in the background I will learn from that too… and just enjoy my favorites with me as my own audience. 😉

        • Lynda says:

          It is hard to know, when it comes to something so emotional as art, just how your audience will respond. I have been really struck with this fall season and in the mood to capture as much of it as I can. My favorite series is still the set I took on 11/2 from my own back yard and the neighbor’s pasture. But then, I may just have been bedazzled by the color. 😉

  5. LB says:

    Lynda, I love that you took all these photos! They make me smile because I would have taken some of the very same ones. In fact, I was given permission last spring to shoot an old barn and some of these are similar. Happy, happy (and not just for the photos but for the whole panties thing – ha!)

    • Lynda says:

      Laurie, I had fun with these. The hardest one to catch was that little tag. There was a breeze blowing through and it kept twirling it! It came out a bit blurry, but I still liked it. 😉

    • Lynda says:

      Those little Carolina wrens are very resourceful, Steve. We find them nesting in the most amazing places in our barn here too. They love tight crevices, and I have yet to see them use a bird’s house! Makes me wonder: Where did they nest before the people came and started building? 🙂

      • Steve Schwartzman says:

        I guess they nested in all the nooks and crannies that nature provides. You’re right that some species of animals have been more resourceful than others at taking advantage of what people have added to nature.

  6. pattisj says:

    Hubby has a bucket of “things” and always finds just the right piece to fix something. Love the wren’s nest and enamel pot.

    • Lynda says:

      These particular items are probably going to unusable since they sat in the buck full of water…

      But there are a few I have my eye on for a project of an artistic nature, thanks, Patti!

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