Monday, January 3, 2011

Barns and drive-by shooting

It's not much of a secret that I love barns and that most of my barn shots are drive-by photos. A drive-by is taken when someone else is driving and I'm shooting from the passenger seat. Generally, it's when Geoff and I are on our way somewhere like London to go to a movie so we don't bother to stop for the shot.

If I'm shooting ahead of the car there is usually little, if any, blur indicating the movement of the car. Here's an example from Fanshawe Road in London taken yesterday when we were on our way to see Tron: Legacy.

The motion is very visible in this shot that I took along Highway 2.

On the other hand the effects in this photo are ones I added from Picasa - heightened contrast and soft focus around the edges.

There was a sad surprise during the drive yesterday. I've taken many drive-by shots of Sunny Acres on Highway 2. Here are two from October of last year.

This is what it looks like now....


  1. Beautiful shots. Sad to see the hard work of a past generation allowed to deteriorate like that.

  2. I love old barns, too. Georgia was full of old barns. We don't have a lot of them in a waterman's town, but there are plenty scattered all around Maryland once you get out of the cities. They do make for great photos, and I love the movement you captured. MY favorite one was the third from the bottom.

    My main computer died 20 minutes after my son came down to reload my laptop that had died two weeks earlier. He took it home and I am without my mother ship until the 10th. Luckily, I had pre-posted until the 6th, so the mighty blogging machine rolled on. I hate working on my laptop because the screen is mediocre at best.

    I spent a little time yesterday wishing a few people Happy New Year, and I knew I had forgotten someone. How could I forget you?

    Skipper just walked across my keyboard and reminded me, so Happy New Year to Elaine, Geoff, and Gray!

    Gosh, did I wish you Merry Christmas? If not, Merry Christmas!
    Christmas is a busy time for the newspaper and Chamber, and with my computers going down, my virtual social skills went to pot.


  3. I'm from the South (in the U.S.) and lived with and loved barns!...What happened to the barn in the last shot? Do you know?! :-(

  4. I don't know what happened to the barn. I'm guessing it was intentionally knocked down.

  5. As you drive around Ontario you see a lot of derelict houses and barns. Someone buys the land as an investment hoping to develop it at a later date and the buildings are just left to fall in on themselves. Thank goodness for the governments ruling on "Green Space". This will save some of our farmland and these beautiful old buildings.

  6. I think your barns look a lot like barns around here. Since the farmers no longer keep animals most do not enter the barns and in time they just fall apart.

  7. Abe, not being a farm kid or even from this area originally, the whole thing about not keeping animals had never occurred to me. I'm sure you've hit the nail on the head though. Lots of big, well maintained barns on the dairy, hog and poultry operations around here but the cash crop people just don't have the need for horses etc. like they did years ago.

  8. So sad to lose such a classic structure. But I guess wood only lasts so long. - Margy