Hunting Vintage Whimsy

We have returned to that treasure trove in Virginia of funky, whimsical and interesting finds for gardens and of course, photography.  Our @WineChics travel allows us to hit the country back roads, antique villages, historical markets in history-rich areas of Virginia Wine Country so it doubles our fun so much so that we plan a wine treasure hunt over the summer with photog friends.  Like our Vintage Shack HDR post, there is so much happening here that the Canons gobble them up and Photomatix is in raptures.  Next trip will be early morning sunrise or sunset — you can just imagine that in your creative mind.  Fun and funky stuff – a break from the serious landscapes and portraits.  These images were perfect candidates for Color Efex Pro and texture overlay just to give them pure whimsy.

There Was A Crooked Vintage Shack

This is an interesting place for shooting HDR Photography.  So many textures, color, interesting subjects and nothing pristine or perfect, just there and waiting for a shooter to capture it.  We liked how the “stuff” was just hanging around, crooked, broken, upside down and every kind of direction so if you do it, be sure to take a wide-angle and macro lens or versatile lens and then shoot till your drop.

Antiquing History in Black and White

If you love Ansel Adams and black-white photography, you will search out subjects and opportunities to shoot in black-white and sepia.  Antiquities, antiques, historic places and street photography are just perfect subjects and are easy accessible to all photographers wherever they live.  One does not have to travel far to find many excellent black-white photographic subjects.  Since we are history buffs and documenting national parks and historic places in the United States, it is one of our favorites to shoot.  This image was shot at an antique village in Virginia.