A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

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I love to explore the back roads of West Virginia looking for roadside scenes to photograph, but this style of photography does pose some unique challenges.  Oftentimes the scene you want to photograph is right beside someone’s home, which makes firing off photographs seem more than a little intrusive.  Other times you’ll drive by a scene that catches your eye but then can’t find anywhere to pull off to the side of the road.  Oh the burdens the roadside photographer must carry!

In the case of this photo the challenges mentioned above were in evidence, as there were homes bracketing the scene and there was absolutely nowhere to park.   So as I drove past the old vehicle in the photograph I locked up the brakes, backed up a ways, temporarily parked in the middle of the road, and then shot through the open passenger side window.  Luckily you can get by with temporarily parking in the middle of the road in rural West Virginia, and if anyone shot at me they missed.

Pretty much a hit and run approach that doesn’t give you much in the way of compositional alternatives, but after tinkering with various crops I settled on a panaromic presentation of this image that I liked.

Alkol, Lincoln County, WV


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