fog at dawn over the Rapidan River
Left Sophie in the care of my neighbor and spent 24 hours in the last best place in America.
Can't say last best place, the wannabe trademark holder
The house sits on the rim of a natural ampitheater in the Piedmont of Virginia. A river runs through it
, cows and horses graze around it. Sitting on the porch at night there is a sky above, fields below, chorus of frogs and cicadas, 360 degree beauty and no "security" lights.
The ineluctable visuality of the house and surrounding countryside beats me senseless. My plan was to photograph for 36 to 48 hours. Couldn't live up to the plan, I was overwhelmed after a single rotation. Twenty four hours all the unmitigated beauty I could handle.
The photo method was to shoot first with digital (check placement and balance of rented lights
). If the scene was good enough, shoot next with 35mm film. If the composition was still looking good shoot 120mm film with a rented lens
The plan worked fine inside, none of the furniture or windows moved while I was watching.
The panorama outside made a fool of me, beauty in flux. Much of the outside was shot with digital, should have gone straight to film.
Labels: pastoral, virginia