Tuesday, May 03, 2005

On Assignment: Rocky Mount, North Carolina-Day Two

"Church and State" by Wes Aldridge

I was on my way to shoot a golf course for one of our publications, North Carolina Golf Guide, and I saw this standing in someone's yard on the side of the road. There was no way I could pass this one up. I wanted to share it with everyone. The afternoon sun was nearing sunset and the shadows that were cast on the cross and flag were great. The color was so rich and moody. Even the tree in the background made for the perfect shot.

This one was a quickie because I had to shoot two golf courses in about a two hour span before I lost last light. I fired off one shot after I halfway metered the light reading and hoped that I hit the exposure somewhere in the neighborhood of "on point." I thought about it until I got back to my hotel so I could download it and check it out. It was money. Throw bracketing a couple of f-stops up and down out the window this time! I guess sometimes one shot is all you really need. I am just thankful I got it.

I shot this up at an angle with my ultra-wide lens to get the run-down house in the background out of the frame. It was at ISO 100 with a really fast shutter speed of 1/2500th of a second at f/2.8. I like this one quite a bit, hope you enjoy as well.