Bob Patrick  

Douglas County Ancestors by Bob Patrick

July 2021 - Douglas County Ancestors

About the Image(s)

This month it is a drone shot. This scene is a still capture from a video. F8, 30 frames per second, ISO 400, on a Phantom 4 Pro.

Got lucky, on July 2, and hit 4 locations with the drone. This was the first farm. Subject was over 1000 meters from the car, with no access by land, so I went flying. I think this is one of the better subjects I've encountered in Douglas County, WA. The flight was complicated by a low battery charge, so there wasn't much time to seek a composition, hence the video and not attempting still photography with the drone.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Arief Rahardjo
I love the composition and angle of this image. It's simple image, but, well composed.   Posted: 07/09/2021 04:42:53

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
That's a very cool image. My only suggestion would be to crop out the top half of sky, as it's mostly a solid color and draws the eye away from the ground image, which is the most fascinating part of the photo.   Posted: 07/09/2021 19:06:58

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
This is a fabulous image, the quality is so good for a drone shot and it shows of the scale and isolation of the farm and how hard it must have been to make this place work. Your composition is spot on with no overlapping and it feels so barren. Love it.   Posted: 07/14/2021 13:31:08

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
I like this at first glance. Like Paul mentioned the scale and isolation (Great description) Also, Interesting details of the houses/barns, and starkness of the vacant land. Looking at it, I wonder what a shot about 50' lower (or 100' or so further back), might have produced, still showing the land but giving the buildings a bit more presence and perhaps removing some sky.   Posted: 07/15/2021 13:25:27

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Thanks to all for the ideas. I hope to get back there in 6-8 weeks to photograph this place again after the crop is growing. This location is over 100 miles from home. Getting up there to photograph isn't easy, or cheap, now days. My truck gets 20 miles per gallon. My gas price is $4.20 a gallon, today, (up from $2.65 last year, thanks to the Policies of the Biden Administration and our State Governor.)

Backing out the composition will show other (active) farm buildings in the distance.

The good subjects are visible from the "primitive roads", just dirt tracts. The dust penetrates everything, sometimes even the cameras. This is an arid environment. But, when it rains these dirt roads are just about impassible. Even with 4 wheel drive it is easy to get stuck when this ground is moist.

Due to vandalism, the farmers are demolishing old ruins more frequently, to protect themselves from liability issues. This place survives due to its remoteness. Sorry I cant get close and work this place during late afternoon.   Posted: 07/17/2021 01:11:02

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Impressive picture, which tells a story of departure, hard work and resignation. Here, too, I am amazed at the quality of the image. I like the colors and the image detail.   Posted: 07/18/2021 01:07:51