Found at an abandoned farm.

I am attracted to places and things long ago abandoned. The more weathered the wood, more rusted the iron and more peeled the paint – the more attractive I find it. Earlier this fall I visited an abandoned farm that met all these requirements.
In a woodshed outside, I found what looks to be an old icebox. I liked the ornate scroll work and the way the blue hues in the weathered wood worked with the brighter greens of the encroaching moss. I did some dodging and burning to enhance the scroll work, blurred the background a bit more and increased the saturation slightly.

Blue Cool

On the other side of the house was a rather unique peaked-roof outhouse. It had a wonderful array of it’s past colours on display.

Lavender 'Loo

Behind the house was a collection of debris… poking through it turned up a few treasures like this jar…

Fused jar.

The barn on this property is mostly collapsed. A window in the barn basement framed a photogenic (but unappetizing) jug of brown goo. I combined two exposures of the same raw file to balance the outside light with the available light inside the barn basement.

Little brown jug.

Also in the basement was an old harrow leaning against the stone wall. Taken out of the context of the barn, it could look like some ancient device of torture. I use a cool blue tint to add to the ominous feel of this shot.


3 thoughts on “Found at an abandoned farm.”

  1. hey there, craig!

    your new webpage works perfectly on my mac.

    i think the bog is a great idea.

    would like to see more of your images in your portfolio, tho!!!! (i know you’ve got them!!!!)

    can’t say i’m crazy about the blue background – still prefer the simple black.

    and your little thumbnail images in the individual portfolio albums do this wierd thing where they float up and down so they’re hard to catch! feel like i’m playing a video game…

    look forward to seeing more stuff here soon!


  2. Thanks for doing the “Safari Certification” check. The look of the site will evolve back towards a more basic, understated look as I learn more about controlling the formats. About the thumbs… I don’t like the way they move either. The concept is good IMHO, but the execution could have been better. I am re-writing the code for this part of the program, but if I still don’t like how it works, I may just go back to a basic scrollbar for thumbnail navigation. I didn’t show it anywhere, but you can use the arrows on your keyboard to skip to the next photo in a gallery too.

  3. Love these abandoned shots Craig! Really love the first one of the icebox. The blue colors in the hinges is great. You have done some wonderful treatments and I also really like the “torture” one. I love the eerie feel of it!

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