The Old House

“You really need to see this!” That’s what JoDee told me on that day. And that’s what she showed me on a morning photo expedition that kept us viewing one thrilling sight after another. She had recently been on a drive through the countryside where among other things she scouted out locations that begged to be photographed through the dark filter that is The Twilit Lens.

As one generation succeeds the next, families flourish and fade, often leaving behind strange legacies in wood and stone. And there were several of these buildings on this road, behind whose gray dust-rimed window panes only brooding emptiness grinned. The surreal silence of the structures and the colorless sun-bleached boards groaning in the wind creates endless movies in the mind. Let your own thoughts drift with me…

Part of the objectives of any photographic composition is to draw the viewer’s eye to the subject. And at the risk of sounding like a gear evangelist, the Lensbaby’s “sweet spot” and accompanying bokeh effect is something I never tire of; because this lens has a unique ability to draw the eye. And some vignetting and low-key digital filtering in post-production further highlighted the subject.

Exposure Data: ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/100

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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