Hobbies

As you know by now one of my hobbies is taking pictures and I do so in the least obvious spots. One of the places that I like to go to and take pictures are abandoned places. Whether that takes me to old buildings or old towns or houses that are in the middle of nowhere and there are a lot of run down houses or other buildings. To me these are the best places to shoot they have such a history that they make breathtaking pictures. Each place or building is so unique that when you look at it the possibilities are endless. Of all of these places old farm houses and their other buildings are my favorite.

The other day I was at this really old house out in the middles of farm country that had been abandon for quite some time and it was magnificent. I didn’t go in, I never go in because you don’t know what the inside condition is like and it could be dangerous so I just walk around the property outside and shoot as many pictures as I can because you never know where the good picture is going to come from. This particular spot had a house with a garage, a huge barn and a smaller shed on the property. The garage itself is what drew my attention the most. It was a detached garage that had a huge hole in the roof where a tree had fallen through it. One side of had all of the siding ripped off and the garage door itself was hanging sideways like someone had just tried to lift one side and not the other.

At night I probably would have been terrified to be here by myself but during the beautiful sunny day that I was there, it  was not bad at all. I got some really good shots of the garage and barn, which was just as run down as the garage. The house, surprisingly, was still in good shape but I still got some shots of that as well. I left no building un-turned. I haven’t yet developed my film yet, oh I should say, that I brought two different cameras with me. I refused to give up my film, I love developing my own pictures but I also brought my digital camera because you have so many more tools to use with a computer than with a dark room. I love turning my pictures of abandon buildings into old vintage looking photos, I have sepia filter on my computer, like most do, but the old buildings turn out so well with that filter.

So I guess that my point is that you can turn any old thing into an amazing photo if you just think outside of the box and have a little imagination. You can just walk out your door and you have a hundred things to take pictures of and you can do endless things with the photos on your computer, so just get out and shoot!

Thanks for sticking around,

Mel

Why Photos?

There are so many reasons to take photos, have photos, share photos and use photos. One reason, which happens to be the main reasons that I love photos, is because a hundred people can look at the same photo and come away with one hundred different feelings and reasons why they like it (or don’t like it). Pictures speak to people on a level that cannot be explain, feelings can be so deep for either liking or disliking a picture that they are almost magical. You can take a picture of any old every day object and put it in a light to actually make people ponder about it when they would otherwise not pay any attention to it.

One of these objects are trees. I love trees, I cannot even explain to you in a coherent thought about why I love trees so much, that is how deep I love trees. I collect pictures, photos, drawings, sculptures, just about anything that has trees in it. One would think that I live in a jungle because my house is full of trees. Sometimes, and this is a secret that I don’t tell many people, if I see a tree company cutting away tree branches or uprooting dead trees or whatever they do to trees, I will camp out and get pictures of the fallen trees. I never realized that they are some companies that have year round tree services and so I have pictures of such trees in every season. Trees that have had broken branches or have broken in some way are one of my favorite things to shoot. You can capture some amazing things if you can just imagine it. Broken branches that still have buds growing on them in spring, then trees that have leaves growing out of little twigs out of the trunk in summer, then of course the leaves changing color on trees in fall is one of the most beautiful things in the world, then trees covered in snow or frost in winter.

So many ways to take pictures of trees that no matter what day you go out you will find a tree worthy of taking photo of, it could also be that they just many of them that each one holds something different for each of us. Nature in general is always a good thing to take pictures of but what you feel that you want to capture in a beautiful way just take a picture of it.You will never regret it, I promise you. Even if it is a picture that of you that you feel is a “bad” photo of you, you will still cherish it because that one lone photo has captured a moment in your life that you are not going to forget. And that is what life is all about, capturing the most wonderful moments in life to hold on to forever.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to take a picture of a tree tomorrow!

Mel