I found this abandoned railroad passenger car sitting behind an abandoned grain elevator at Prairie du Chein WI while taking photographs along the Mississippi River in 2009.
The clouds of the summer day and the dirt surrounding the old tracks tell a story of times long gone by for many river towns along the river.
Who knows all the stories this old car would have of the places it visited and the people who travelled on it? A voice out of the past.
Normally this blog is used to help you improve your photography. This week it is to introduce a new gallery on my website: ” French Quarter Doorways,” in New Orleans.
How many times in our lives have we made a committment to finish one project right now without going off in another direction before it was finished? While working on my Mississippi River project we were spending several days in New Orleans and the French Quarter, I noticed all the differerent old doorways and the interaction of people around these doorways. I immediately decided to do a small gallery on the doorways of the French Quarter. These old buildings and their cafes, galleries and shops provide an interesting viewing experience to those people who have not been to the French Quarter…and also to those that have.
Meanwhile my River Gallery has taken a second seat to this one. But only for a few days.
I guess you could say that in the French Quarter life circulates around doorways and I have tried to provide that with this new gallery. Enjoy the doorways.
The Photo of the Week is another view of a sunrise on the Florida Keys. The rising sun coming through a broken layer of clouds gives a dramatic view of the two palm trees whose trunks have by curved the winds. It started to rain about 20 minutes after this scene was captured near Marathon, FL. Photo taken 2010.
When you are shooting an outdoor scene, don’t just stay in one place and take one or two or a hundred pictures of the same thing, walk around a bit…even if other people walk up and take the scene from the same angle that you are taking it from…and then walk away.
Use your imagination and see what the scene looks like from 50 feet away…a hundred feet away or by some nearby trees.
I always complain that most people tend to take many more photos that they should of one scene..there is nothing wrong with taking many different photos of the same scene or subject from different angles.
This was true in my case. I was taking photos of old southern plantations in Louisana as part of my Mississippi River project and wanted to include three plantations.
The last one, the Nottaway Plantation between New Orleans and Baton Rouge presented a very good example of “talking a walk” around the subject.
The three photos with this blog are taken of the Nottaway Mansion. The first one is the one you see in many of the brochures. It is ok.
A groundskeeper told me one side of the mansion was designed to be like the White House. So I walked to that side and that is where the best photograph was taken…between the large oak trees. You rarely see this side of the house in any of the brochures. It was beautiful because the leaves were just starting come out on the trees and the curved branches of the old oaks proided the perfect frame. The afternoon sun provided both highlights and shaded areas.
Of course I like the last view best.