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Revising History

“Half of writing history is hiding the truth.”
― Joss Whedon
, Mutant Enemy

"Revising History", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 300 mm

“Revising History”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 300 mm

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Today I am sharing the video of my favorite Sarah McLachlan song, which also happens to be one of her oldest. You know; back when she wasn’t quite so depressing to listen to! (Love ya, Sarah!)

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Past Life

“Clouds suit my mood just fine.”
― Marie Lu,
Champion

I don’t think I could have been much more pleased with the clouds in this photo. Captured just minutes before a torrential afternoon thunderstorm was unleashed upon us, the B&W conversion allowed me to push the range of tones in the image and pull out those clouds. Deepening the blacks created a darker mood and atmosphere not as present in the color image but, for me, took it from “So what?” to “Oh, nice!”. I hope you like it, too.

"Past Life", Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/13 at 1/640sec., 125mm

“Past Life”, Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/13 at 1/640sec., 125mm

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Patina

“Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans — the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum.”
— Susan Sontag

I like old things that encapsulate portions of my family history. Though James and I had no choice but to downsize a great deal in the cancer-imposed exodus from Utah, we held on to the pieces of family history that were important to us in lieu of newer, functional things that could be replaced. Some day.

This weathered old leather object — I have no idea what it is — caught my eye as I wandered through what is left of an old machine shed that sits a few miles from home. Perhaps it’s part of an old bridle? In any case, it’s now the subject of this photograph, in addition to whatever it was before. I hope you like the photo. If you have ideas about the identity of the subject, please post a comment below.

"Patina", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.0 at 1/60 sec., 70mm

“Patina”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.0 at 1/60 sec., 70mm

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Prater’s Mill

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and constructed in 1855, Prater’s Mill served the communities of Northwest Georgia for almost 150 years. Located on Highway 2, I drove past the mill on my way out of Dalton at 7:45 Wednesday morning. As it was a somewhat overcast and cool morning, there was water vapor rising in spots from the warmer waters of Coahulla Creek. The morning light was golden and gorgeous.

I hope you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoyed creating it.

"Prater's Mill", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/40 sec., 98mm

“Prater’s Mill”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/40 sec., 98mm

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Stories on His Face

He had countless stories on his face. He was one of those people who I just knew I could probably sit down and listen to and learn from for hours. Something about him spoke to me of days past; time gone by; a history yellow and fading from memory. He was very friendly, walking along, like me, with a cup of coffee in his hand. When I asked to take his photo he was hesitant but eventually smiled and said, “Sure.” He wished me a good day and turned and went on his way before I could get his name.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/9.5 at 1/60 sec, 22 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/9.5 at 1/60 sec, 22 mm

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Historic Wheeler Farm

“It’s no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.’ By then, pigs will be your style.”
– Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)

Just down the road a piece is a very beautiful Salt Lake County park, Historic Wheeler Farm. I should probably have gone there a long time ago, but sometimes you miss the things that are right in front of you. Or am I the only one that happens to?

The first convincing evidence of spring that I've seen!

Captured just seconds before this ornery fella tried to peck my camera (but due to my quick reflexes, he got the tripod instead!)

The original barn has been redone as an activity center.

I've had a thing for locks since I was a child... I don't have to collect them now, though - I'm happy just photographing them.

Poor guy: the other ducks would run away when he'd approach, as if bad coiffure was contagious!

Please come back tomorrow for a close-up look at some antique farm machines…

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