Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:38

Staring Down a Feed Trough

What I had mistakenly thought to be the feeding stalls of a milking barn built by the Reeves family in Spring Creek, North Carolina in the early-1950's turned out to be the feeding trough of a beautiful barn used for beef cattle. Regardless of its purpose, the narrow metal container flanked by parallel rows of 2"x6" framing boards, designed with Robert Frost' fences in mind served their purpose for many years, and now have become reminders of a time when such wonderful farms were the norm and barns like this could be found in every cove and holler throughout Madison County.

The angle-of-view I wanted was found by a 42mm focal length, actually rather normal. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 3.0 seconds at ISO 100 provided a medium overall exposure. My point of focus to ensure that I maximized my DOF was toward the front end of the board nailed between the third and fourth studs on the left.

Many memories of being on both of my grandparents' farms came washing over me as I looked down this row. These are the memories that help us to remember who we are, no matter where we are.

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