inspiRED

I am so grateful to feel back in my game photographically speaking this week. I am inspired again. Lots of ideas. Not a lot of time, but I'm so close to finishing my project and now know I can.

This is from my drive to capture the snow yesterday. I needed a red fix. A break from the bleak. A pop of my favorite color.

I parked, waded through a frozen tundra praying not to fall in a hole in very porous sneakers that got cold and wet (should have had my snow boots) and shot this squatting down in the cold, crunchy field.

The color reminds me of one of my new favorite songs with the same title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlot0i3Zykw

This red barn begs to be viewed large so that you can see all of her glorious texture and character.
Wonderful :- )
posted December 18th, 2013  
This is stunning.
posted December 18th, 2013  
And I got here before Jeff! :-) Good on you for going for the shot! Love the weathering. Fav!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Lovely. fav.
posted December 18th, 2013  
Lovely bleak shot Amanda, better bigger.
posted December 18th, 2013  
I love red too. This is a great "go to" place for the inspiration. The snow and the red provide lovely contrasts.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@seanoneill Aren't they all?! Thanks, Sean!!

@sandypw @m9f9l Thanks so much for the faves, lovely ladies!!

@kreepybug @softbootsailer Thanks so much!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
@amandal Not sure all mine are!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Looks like we are going to trade favs of red barns. This one has a lot of atmosphere to go with the red color.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@seanoneill Yeah, I have some that aren't too. I've said before "View Small!" Funny.
posted December 18th, 2013  
beautiful winter shot! love the red!
posted December 18th, 2013  
FaVulous POV and love the Big Red Barn!!! Heroic effort too! BIg Huge Red FAV!!! Glad you are back in your game Amanda. Love that you used your "sewer slut' for your profile shot. It is so cute!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
@eyesmile hahahahaha!! Thanks, Gena. Tart, she is a tart!!;)
posted December 18th, 2013  
@rvwalker Thanks for the return fave. Aren't big red barns great?!
posted December 18th, 2013  
ohhh that´s beautiful! I wish we had landscapes liek this here.. The snow is the perfect frame for this amazing scene. Total fav for me, Amanda and LOVED the new profile pic.
posted December 18th, 2013  
Wonderful shot.
posted December 18th, 2013  
Wonderful shot! That pop of red barn is perfect!
posted December 18th, 2013  
ooops! "Tart" sounds much more innocent then "slut"...for sure!
posted December 18th, 2013  
@jsw0109 This is my old standby barn. I don't have as many great ones around me like you (or I just don't get out much to find them). Thought you would appreciate a barn shot, though, as a fellow barn fan and all.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@eyesmile Once when I was a kid, I used the word slut at the dinner table when we had company. I didn't know what it meant. Boy did I get some looks and in trouble.
posted December 18th, 2013  
hahaha...I told a joke once at the dinner table that I thought was funny but didn't realize it was slightly off color and got the same response!! Still not sure it was that bad!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Haha, your description is as wonderful as your photo. I'm glad you satisfied (at least I hope you did) your "red fix". Nice!
posted December 18th, 2013  
@eyesmile Lay it on me. I need a good off color joke:)!
posted December 18th, 2013  
@adamj More to come, just wait and see:).
posted December 18th, 2013  
Meg
wonderful and fav!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Meg
This is so pretty! I think it was worth wading through the frozen tundra! =)
posted December 18th, 2013  
Beautiful. That red really pops against the snow!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Gorgeous! This is Jeff Walker @jsw0109 quality!! Fav!!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Love it. Well worth the trek.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@kwind Huge compliment because @jsw0109 is amazing at barns:). thanks so much, Kim!!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Jo
This has to be viewed large, then you really get to appreciate all that lovely detail, its a super shot. Snow boots next time madam, we don't want you coming down with a cold!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
@jo13 Or catching my son's whooping cough. Sheesh. Thanks, Jo!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Great capture!!Hope the feet have defrosted by now!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
So beautiful, great red against the snow, beautiful!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Great touch of red. Jealous, cause we don't have many barns in our area. Most are in the extreme north or south of Jersey.
posted December 18th, 2013  
Love the contrast! Great shot
posted December 18th, 2013  
@roseolivia Thanks so much, Rachel. So loved hearing that you and Jo got to meet up! You've got Lisa and Lucy in your area, too, right? What a great group of ladies!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Cracking barn shot.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@humphreyhippo Love your comments! Cracking is so underused in the US. I intend to put an end to that. Thanks, Humphrey!!:)
posted December 18th, 2013  
@losthorizon Don't be jealous...you are close to NYC!! Lucky dog! Thanks, Beau!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Lovely barn - completely different to the barns round here. Maybe we should start a series of barns around the world. I hope you're not intending to finish at the end of the year.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@dh Not fully finish, but I need to get my life back and post waaay less. Maybe weekly or when particular inspiration hits. Can't be an every day thing anymore. 2 years of this has killed me and I need to make real friends here and get out more:).
posted December 18th, 2013  
A great pop of red and a very imposing barn. Super pov.
posted December 18th, 2013  
fav! love the contrast
posted December 18th, 2013  
@vickisfotos Aw, thanks so much, Vicki!!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Wonderful shot fav
posted December 18th, 2013  
Beautiful massive barn, looks very American to me, love it !
Is that a Christian cross on the top of one of the window ?
posted December 18th, 2013  
I love the red barn against the snowy fields. Lovely farmscape!
posted December 18th, 2013  
Oh Amanda,This is a stunner!timeless and gorgeous.I love the atmosphere!huge fav,girl
posted December 18th, 2013  
This is beautiful. Love the red against the white
posted December 18th, 2013  
What a wonderful building. Looks great against the white xx
posted December 18th, 2013  
Oh those colours ! Faaaav
posted December 18th, 2013  
Joe
Wonderful shot. When I look at it from a distance it somehow resembles a boat. I enjoy the contrasts and the character in this shot.
posted December 18th, 2013  
This makes me think of a big red Noah's Ark sailing on a snowy white sea. The detail in the barn is super Amanda, a lovely scene. Hope your son's whooping cough is improving and you are all getting some sleep again.
posted December 18th, 2013  
@paulaw It is...thanks so much, Paula. No sleep interruptions (from him anyway) for days now. So grateful. I so see the Ark. How funny!! Thanks, guys! @rellimdj
posted December 18th, 2013  
Caz
Fabulous barn shot, love it, fav
posted December 18th, 2013  
shut up! I feel like you took this just for me. HUGE FAV!!! Thank you!
posted December 19th, 2013  
totes magotes for sure
posted December 19th, 2013  
Gorgeous!! fav :)
posted December 19th, 2013  
@jsw0109 Let's say I did...for the sewer tart inspiration. Merry Christmas, Jeff. So so glad that this met the approval of "The Barn Master!" Sounds like a shot/selfie you need to do. And go!
posted December 19th, 2013  
@jlmoore Thanks so much, Jenny!!

@cazann Aw, thank you kindly, Caz!!
posted December 19th, 2013  
@gozoinklings Nothing like some rustic red. Thanks so much, my friend!!

@psychographer @rachelwithey Thanks so much, girls!!

@mzzhope Thank you very much, Hope. Love your comments!
posted December 19th, 2013  
that is one stupendously awesome barn shot
posted December 19th, 2013  
Awesome ... love red too ..FAV!!!
posted December 19th, 2013  
so glad you braved the elements to capture this. You're right...the pop of red during this gray weather is inspiring!
posted December 19th, 2013  
This is beautiful, the red really does pop and great composition.
posted December 19th, 2013  
nice
posted December 19th, 2013  
fav! glad you have your inspiration back.... I am still looking for mine :)
posted December 19th, 2013  
Very nice Amanda, one of my favorite subjects. I like the POV, going low, makes it show. Where is the barn located?
posted December 19th, 2013  
@ernmar It's in Morrow or along the road to Morrow. It's off the road right by Valley Vineyards. Not sure the name of it. Thanks!
posted December 19th, 2013  
Very beautiful shot Amanda, like the pov and the red of the barn against the white
posted December 19th, 2013  
@kali66 Love your comments, Kali. Thanks so much!
posted December 19th, 2013  
FAV - stunning shot, and I love that pop of red - just perfect with all that white around it.
posted December 19th, 2013  
Lovely RED barn - so nice against the snow.
posted December 19th, 2013  
Of course, you knew I would love this ;-). Fav!
posted December 20th, 2013  
What a beautiful barn!
posted December 20th, 2013  
@sbolden Aw, thanks so much, my country lovin' friend:)! This is a very you shot, as is my fence one from today.
posted December 20th, 2013  
lovely red barn. looks fab against the snow - what a find :-)
posted December 21st, 2013  
beautiful wintry shot
posted December 21st, 2013  
love it. the perfect RED and great title. so worth the cold and wet. fav ;-)
posted December 22nd, 2013  
Love the composition, tones, the whole feel of this shot.
posted December 24th, 2013  
Great iconic image. I love the composition.
posted December 24th, 2013  
@amandal I've just been and had a browse at the Mad Hatters now, you guys have done some incredible things this week. I would definitely have been the weakest link, you are all so creative, it is so far away from my style that I would have let you all down I'm afraid, so a wise decision in hindsight!!
posted February 13th, 2014  
@seanoneill I am so the weakest link, but I am creative and willing to be on both sides of the camera. And hopefully I will learn and grow a lot. Even still, I'd have loved to have been on your team. How's Ben feeling? How's things looking with the wait?
posted February 13th, 2014  
@amandal Ben is good thanks, but Rebecca and I are very worried. Though the op is keyhole, it is very pioneering. The hospital have done 17 ops like this, 16 successful, but none had the potential complications that Ben's has. I am actually a bit of a wreck over it all, I love my boy and my family so much and the thought of one of us coming to harm terrifies me andhas seen me lose much sleep and shed many private tears. It is largely why for the last month I have been withdrawing from participation on 365, just posting and running and making the odd comment where I can on my oldest (like you my dear) and a few new friends projects where I feel a connection. I finish a year of B+W next week, and I am thinking that I need to leave after that to focus on my family, until it is all over.

As for the "team" thing, I have been a team player and leader, all my career, and now in my community. I think that photography is such a personal thing, that for me, when I thought about it I realised that I couldn't be part of a team, I would fail the team, and that wouldn't be fair on you all. I just need to plough my own B+W/no-selfie/urban/landscape furrow. Thanks for your support, which always, is greatly appreciated.
posted February 13th, 2014  
@seanoneill I absolutely understand, yet can't even imagine how difficult it would be to feel so scared about what your child is going through and hoping/wondering that things will go smoothly. I get it, you are NOT a team player;-). No worries.
posted February 13th, 2014  
@amandal I'm not sure you do get it :-) but it's not a big deal. you do understand the family issues well though, thank you.
posted February 13th, 2014  
@seanoneill Yeah, I guess not. Pardon the over empathy. I do have kids, and they have been sick and it has been scary, but not nearly as life threatening or serious. I thank God for that. You must be very strong parents as a result of what you've dealt with over the years. And of course. Have a great night with your family.
posted February 13th, 2014  
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