I'm involved in a game of sorts with several other men (think "Mine's bigger than yours") regarding big red barn photos. Yesterday, I stopped at two of those barns. The first was a big red round barn that I previously posted as "A Round One for Round One."
At the second barn about 25 miles (40km) away...what a party. The late afternoon light was perfect. The man you see here was already there with a tripod when I arrived. His granddaughter (an assumption - it could easily be his daughter) started shooting with a tablet shortly after I arrived. Another car pulled up, and an older woman got out with her DSLR. Then the man's wife got out and she was shooting the barn with a DSLR. Then a guy stopped and was shooting with his smartphone. The first man switched to his drone. (Find his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrN0q_yI5Pm32VLeFSbi1yg
) Then two vehicles parked and nine or ten people and a small dog got out, at least three with DSLRs, and I believe there were more smartphones as well. They were using the barn as a backdrop for family portraits.
This whole time, I'm thinking that this is a particularly dangerous situation. The speed limit is 55 mph (88 kph), which means people are typically driving 60 mph or more. Now there are four children in the mix. More than once I said, "Watch that white line!"
A car pulled to a stop on the other side of the road, and a couple shots were taken with a smartphone, but nobody got out.
SSSCCCrrreeeeeech! I see down the road in the direction this shot is facing, a pickup truck sliding diagonally on the wrong side of the road. Thankfully, there was no collision. In the seconds that followed, I figured out what happened. There was another car that was stopping to turn around and park to take photos. Behind them, a large pickup had slowed to wait. Behind him was the soon to be screeching pickup, who was watching everyone on the side of the road (and maybe looking at the barn) instead of the road. When he realized he was going to hit the pickup in front of him, he used his small brain and decided to pass. the car (that he could not yet see) turned left, blocking that option. Diagonal dire screech. Parents finally told their kids to stay off the pavement.
The left-turning car had two more photographers. I think it was one of them asked about Capture Minnesota, a photo page sponsored by the local Public Television station, and a repository for some excellent photography. I had seen the site that morning, and it had six pages
of photos of this barn.
By the time I shot this, at least five photographers had already left. You can see the man and his granddaughter, who were there first, the tripod and bag you see are mine, there is a head you can just see behind the girl (with DSLR), the portrait shooter is sitting on the pavement, another DSLR with tripod and photographer beyond the people near the white car, and two women with DSLRs in the trees to the left.
By the time I left, everyone else was gone except the man with the drone and his family.
I guess it's a popular photo spot. I am not going to show you my photos...yet. #BigRedBarn