A few nights ago I met up with a good friend and fellow photographer to do a bit of urban exploration in our small downtown environment. We are limited to just a few blocks of buildings and alleys. I considered the night to be a successful outing. I think we will only get better with time as we learn to recognize opportunities. This was more of a test run than anything else. In the past couple of weeks I have ventured out with my wife a time of two to shoot predetermined areas. This was the first time to meet up with a fellow photographer to just wander around and see what we could find. I came away with some decent shots and some that are less than impressive. But, all in all, it was a good learning experience. I look forward to more outings, more exploration, and hopefully more “post worthy” photos.
The photos below are of a custom “Hot Rod” shop in my hometown. At one time this building was actually the local Dodge Dealership. The Dodge dealer moved to a modern facility many years ago. Now, this is the home of Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn. They are a custom automotive shop and always have something interesting sitting in the showroom.
I drove past their garage recently and couldn’t help but take notice of the building. It was late at night and the interior of the building was completely illuminated. This set it apart from the other buildings in this small downtown environment. I didn’t have my camera with me so I drove home and then returned with camera gear in hand.
The brightly illuminated showroom and shop space were in sharp contrast with the building exterior which I thought would give the photos an interesting look. The exposure on these could be better, but, I am still learning. I was lucky enough to have a small amount of traffic to add interest to the photos by leaving light trails across the long exposure images.
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This image was captured on the same night as my Main at Dusk photo. It is another long exposure photo. This time the subject is an alley downtown. I like the strong contrast of this image and the texture created by the brick walls.
This is a shot of Main Street in my hometown located in the foothills of NC. I have been wanting to try long exposure photography and this is one of my first attempts. I am pleased with how this image turned out from the strong contrast in the sky to the illuminated buildings in the foreground.