For many years, each Summer I would visit my Grandmother in Foley, MN (Benton County). She passed away in 2003, but I still continue to do a yearly visit (24 straight years). I wasn’t planning on any serious photography, but elected to take all my gear, anyway. Here are the results.
The Foley Fire Station is located on Norman Avenue, after you exit Highway 25 into town. This would have been a better morning shot, but it turned out ok.
This home scene caught my eye as I traveled on Main Street towards the business district. I almost slammed on my brakes for it! I wish the cabinet was straight but what can you do? It’s still a neat shot.
Now downtown on Dewey Street, this clock has been here for many years (I believe the building is over 100 years old). It’s no longer functional but still is pretty neat. This is the third image in a row shot in portrait, versus landscape. It’s a good idea to at least think about portrait (vertical) shooting when you’re out there. A lot of wasps were hanging around here, so I made a quick horizontal exit after this shot.
One of the local shops. I stomped in there and told them the Second Amendment should be repealed…….no I didn’t.
John’s Barber Shop has been in Foley for many years. It’s quite colorful and I have shot it before. I felt it was worthy of another image. I like the colors, and the angles.
This sits at the corner of Main Street and County Road 4. I think it used to be a feed store, but is now abandoned (or maybe it isn’t?…I dunno). I love the bricks. I changed the white balance to “direct sunlight” in RAW processing as the camera’s pick washed out the sky. Otherwise, the D5000 delivered a winner.
The “other door” looks like a tight fit.
Shooting portrait was vitally important here. Using landscape would have been totally wrong for this image. Look closely at the bottom of the pole and you’ll see me…haw! I must admit not using my tripod on any of these; shame on me!
My Grandma used to work here, and I have taken images of this before but was never happy with any of them. I wasn’t going to bother again this trip, but then a Galen Rowell idea popped into my head; get in close with an ultra-wide. So I took out my “Soupcan Stan” Tokina 12-24mm. Keystoning of the 14mm focal length I used accentuates the turret appearance; it almost looks like a fort (especially with the flags). I am really happy with this shot.
A local church off of Main Street, which had a FOR SALE sign on it. Kind of a sad commentary, methinks. I way over-polarized this shot, and had to compensate in processing by using positive exposure compensation.
Off of Benton County Road 7, near Oak Park, I captured this. Earlier I had bumped up my ISO to 200 for some reason and forgot to reset it to 100. I like the yellow wildflowers juxtaposed the vertical lines of the white tree trunks, all mixed in with the greens and blues of the last vestiges of Summer, 2012.
An old barn, also on County Road 7 (I think…I can’t remember). I wish that tree off to the right wasn’t there. Then it was back onto the road, with both Sammy Hagar’s “Standing Hampton” (1980) and Toto’s “The Seventh One” (1988) blasting on my CD player. Those 2 CD’s are part of the Foley Trip ritual, and have been since 1988 (the first one).
These final 3 shots were actually taken in Mille Lacs County; off of County Road 12 near Highway 169. There was an abundance of yellow wildflowers along my route so I had to get some. I’m not sure this shot works, but here it is anyway. I took it hand-held and used a large F-stop setting (F/14) to increase my depth of field.
A bridge across the dirt road from the previous shot. This is County Road 12, actually.
Massive bravery for this shot; look at my focal length! I literally held the camera up to the flower and clicked the shutter button…then ran! Bees continue their plans for World Domination…have I ever mentioned my very rational fear of bees?
I am quite pleased with this set of images. None are really magazine-worthy, but I felt these were certainly my most creative set from Foley I have taken. I usually do not bring my full gear on Foley trips, but glad I did this time.
all images © Scott Woelm – September 2012