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More B&W Film from the Old Barn

Old tools and parts in a shed - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Here are the remaining pictures from my trip to my aunt's old barn in Utah (see part 1 here). These pictures are primarily from the interior of the attached woodshed. I wish I could have spent more time dissecting the place because it was riddled with interesting artifacts from the turn of the century. Old tractor parts, rusted bolts, hand tools...ah geeze - just thinking about all the gems in this joint makes my shutter finger quiver. I could get lost in them for days.

I love the way old places like this basically turn monochrome with time. Dust and rust slowly engulf everything until the wooden things and the metal things become the same hue. It allows the shapes and details to show through without the distraction of color. And the best textures on the planet are found in places like these. Throw in some beautiful light from a nearby window and I'm in hog heaven. I can't wait to go back with my large format camera and really capture the intricate details in this tiny room.

Click any image for a larger version.

Old tools and parts in a shed - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Old tools and parts in a shed - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Old tools and parts in a shed - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Old tractor in the snow - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Old Barn in Black and White

Snow on an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

I took a trip to Utah recently to visit family and managed to get some photos while I was there. I brought only my 35mm Canon EOS 1V, a single 24-105mm lens, a few rolls of Ilford Delta 100 black and white film, and my trusty filters.

My aunt owns an amazing old barn out there that is just dripping with character. The spaces between the wood slats stream beautiful mottled light into the dark interior, the green painted wood exterior is weathered to a gorgeous textured patina, and the tool shed is jam packed with rusty old tools, spare parts, and farming implements.

The place is so stunning that my aunt rents it out for weddings and photo shoots, and she's booked all the way out to September 2013. She also sells seeds, posts gardening tips, and is basically a non-profit animal shelter. Okay, she's not an official non-profit, but at no small expense to herself, she houses, feeds, and cares for just about any animal the dregs of society will drop on her doorstep - and a lot of them do. She does this without complaints and without ever asking for a nickel. Check her out at Green Barn Gardens and support her if you like supporting those who selflessly care for neglected animals.

But anyway, I was like a kid in a candy store photographing this place. I would have been thrilled to spend days shooting it. Seriously. There were endless photo ops. Especially with the fresh snowfall from the night before, the contrast was just superb.

Thankfully, I made the right prediction that black and white film was the way to go on this subject matter. I developed the film myself, which was fun, and really, I just love the look of true B&W film. I think it looks so much better than any Photoshop, SilverFX imitation. I wish I could have had my 4x5 large format camera with me, but alas, the restraints of time and air travel made 35mm the only logical choice.

But I'll stop talking and just let the pictures speak for themselves. Click any image for a larger version. More pictures from this location coming soon.

Snow on an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Interior of an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Interior of an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Interior of an old barn in Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Reflections in old barn window, Utah - Ilford Delta 100 Film

Looking Back On An Old Picture

I wanted to post some new pictures for you this week, but I simply don't have any. I haven't taken any new pictures in quite awhile, but that's to be expected this time of year. The summer is kind of my "off-season." The beaches are too crowded, the sunsets are bland, the hills are dry and it's too hot to hit the desert. I'm hoping to visit the Sierra Nevadas this summer to quench my photographic thirst, but we'll see if that actually pans out.

So instead of posting new pictures, I thought I'd share an old picture - one from way back in April 2004. It's from back when I was still shooting Fuji Velvia slide film on my old Minolta Maxxum 7. I had the cheapest lenses I could get and was just barely getting into filters. Here is a scan of the original film:

Fallen Tree in Canyonlands National Park, UT

I took this picture in Canyonlands National Park after a freezing night of rain and snow. My uncles, my dad, my brothers and I had backpacked in the day before through intermittent rain to reach our first camp just in time to set up our tents and eat some grub. Luckily for me, we awoke to fresh powder on an otherwise arid landscape. There's no noticeable snow in this shot, but the stormy sky did help create a mood.

I was at the ripe old age of 17 when I snapped this frame. I used Cokin brand grad gray filters (if memory serves), my old Slik tripod and a Sigma brand lens in the neighborhood of 28-135mm.

It's not a perfect shot and I'm sure I would do it differently now (for better or worse), but I wanted to share this picture because this particular image always stood out for me. I was very proud of the composition, exposure and filter use at the time. Also, it was my first "real photo trip" into the backcountry with an SLR camera. It's one of my first memories of really applying my skills to get a shot I was proud of.

A lot of memories have come and gone in the 7 years since (wow, is it really 7 years?), but I can still remember setting up this shot when I think back to it. Good times...