Ranch Memories by rvwalker

Ranch Memories

CW. Abandoned houses and old farm equipment are scattered around southeast Idaho just for photographers.

Note: CW in the beginning of anyone's description means "critiques welcome".
Is that equipment really just abandoned? Strange, you would think that some of it could be repurposed, or fixed, or....whatever. What do I know, growing up in an urban area, I know little to nothing about those things. Have you used some filter on this? I has a different feel compared to your normal body of work.
March 16th, 2014  
Deb
I love these types of shots. You know at some time this property was loved and can image the stories it can tell. I like the rustic feel with all the shadows and high spots.
March 16th, 2014  
@stillcrappysailor This valley is full of outdated, unused farm equipment, SCS. Lately, some people have been scrapping this stuff, but there is a lot of junk just rusting in the fields. I used a vintage film filter in Nik Color Efex for this one. I need to try something different once in awhile. Thanks for your comment.
March 16th, 2014  
@dgrynn Thanks, Deb. There are a lot of places like this to photograph here in the valley. The trick is to find them and get permission. Thanks for your comment.
March 16th, 2014  
Great shot, Ross, love those tones, the machine and hut all abandoned. Fav!
March 16th, 2014  
great image. That's why I like it there!!
March 17th, 2014  
Love it, what a great shot, Ross. The detail of the equipment and old barn is amazing. Seems strange that they just leave this equipment out there like this.
March 17th, 2014  
Nice find.
March 17th, 2014  
Ross, this is so intriguing -- what happened? Why would someone abandon this equipment? So I like it for that reason. The sky looks a little blown out. It does serve as good contrast for the textures in the roof, but it is a little harsh compared to the warm colors in the rest.
March 17th, 2014  
A close up of that roofline would be interesting.
March 17th, 2014  
@ivan Thanks for the fav, Ivan. I thought I would try some different processing this time.
March 17th, 2014  
@libertylady @darsphotos @moxy @taffy @jannyography Thanks for your comments, everyone. There have been several comments wondering why the equipment is abandoned. It is very old, so I suppose it reached a point where parts couldn't be found, and we are in a remote location where it can be hard to dispose of big machines. Taffy, I tried some different processing for a change (vintage film), and the soft vignette blew out the sky. Oh well...
March 17th, 2014  
It is rather interesting the way it is I like the wheel up by the house
March 17th, 2014  
@tesssa @stillcrappysailor @dgrynn @ivan @libertylady @darsphotos @moxy @taffy @jannyography I was with another photographer when I took this photo, and he knows much more about farm machinery than I do. Here's his explanation on why this stuff gets abandoned: "Some of the reasons for old seemingly abandoned equipment can be.....the motor has major issues, or main gears go out, or even just not worth the parts to keep it running....and a lot is caused by newer models that don't interchange parts, so they just get parked. Even some old things still run but are out dated and not used anymore".
March 17th, 2014  
@rvwalker - Ok, this makes sense, to a point. In a strange sort of way, a bit sad.
March 17th, 2014  
Nice shot, great old barn but that tractor looks way too new to discard
March 17th, 2014  
Thanks for that i did not know "CW". A lovely shot!
March 17th, 2014  
台风的后遗症吧The typhoon aftermath
March 17th, 2014  
very nice capture! I really like the soft vignetting too! Seems to suite this style so well!
March 17th, 2014  
I like the pairing of the old structure and machinery in this shot. For me, the composition might be improved a bit if you had stepped to the right and chosen an angle that revealed the entire door of the house and preferably also the window. My eye wants to explore both of those elements in the background. That composition would also put the machinery off center of the house and more on the line of thirds. I do like the colors and think your choice of processing fits the image well.
March 17th, 2014  
@soboy5 @leananiemand @liuting @monkeykid Thanks for your comments, everyone. I hope the technique matches the subject OK.
March 18th, 2014  
@pflaume Point well taken. Lisa. I took one shot positioned as you suggest, but zoomed back to a wider angle. My problem with that shot was a lot of distracting stuff in the background. So, I took a couple of steps left, zoomed a little tighter, and sacrificed composition to eliminate clutter. Oh well. Thanks for a perceptive comment.
March 18th, 2014  
@rvwalker I suspected that might be the case. :) Thanks for your response, Ross.
March 18th, 2014  
I like the crop Ross, I've read the comments, and I think you've taken this how I would have.
March 19th, 2014  
@seanoneill Thanks, Sean. Maybe I should try a B&W version.
March 20th, 2014  
The New Holland looks pretty old now
March 23rd, 2014  
@peterdegraaff It sure is, Peter. There was a lot of interesting abandoned machinery here.
March 23rd, 2014  
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