Sneaking a Photo

Have you ever tried to sneak a photo, but couldn't trespass onto said property?  

I know you have....

I took this photo last week in Eastern Kentucky.  Taken from the side of the road, this shows the remnants of an old grist mill.  The property was very well taken care of, with a lovely, old farmhouse right next door.  



Because I couldn't get any closer, I dashed down the road a bit to get a picture of the other side and what a beautiful sight it was.  




However, the sun was not cooperating and left me with glare, sunspots, you name it.  


C'est la vie....



Comments

  1. I will do almost anything to get the shot!

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  2. Oh, but I think the glare works beautifully here. Lovely photos...and yes, I try to sneak photos all the time ;)

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  3. Love to sneak around to get photos. You did very well! That is a gorgeous structure...and not to worry about the 2nd shot, 'cause you gotta go with what you can get and in this case that photo has its own special magic with the sunspots!

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  4. A charming sight indeed Mitchell, reflections in second shot are gorgeous. I bet the owners are used to people stopping to admire and capture this lovely scene!

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  5. The sun's marks make it all that more lovely.

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  6. I have been surprised when invited in to get a good shot. Many times if I see someone I want to ask and know more, giving them a wave and showing my camera.I have left a note in their mailbox if I did have questions. Never have been chased off, but like you grab that shot when it is there.

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  7. It is beautiful and the thought of you sneaking in to get a shot makes me laugh.

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  8. Those are cracking shots - fabulous colours. The sun has simply helped create a different picture.

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  9. Oh Michelle.. those are both magnificent captures! I clicked on them to see them closer.. bravo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Absolutely breathtaking, Michelle! You got it in its perfect light! The glare only adds to the "feeling" imo.

    You were perfectly legal in taking this- no sneaking needed-n as long as you were taking it from a public place. Not all landowners are whiny about people taking pictures - in fact Google earth and street view probably makes those kind of people birth hostile kittens, but as long as you are standing on public property, and not stalking lol, youre good to go. Or unless its a military base etc...dont do that... :D

    Where I live, we have made it a point to actually call landowners to ask if we can view their old cabins/barns/homesteads etc and take pictures- havent been turned down yet, And as you know, Montana is a Castle doctrine state LOL. Most of these places are not visible from a public space, but are noted in local archives. In fact we were invited to a family ranch picnic a few months ago because of just one phone call :) Also, I met other landowners who are veteran photographers too; I've had some interesting, informative conversations and they even point out better views for me to visit (snap!) on their place. In a way, we are all trying to preserve history, because we know these structures wont last forever.

    Anyways if you began to claim that the mill and property in your gorgeous photo was yours, or tried to sell, rent, or invite others to the property using the photo etc :D then that's a problem...otherwise keep snapping (sneaking?)- your results are always wonderful. (sorry for the diatribe, but dang as Im sure you know this is a topic near and dear to any photographer's heart!)

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  11. Always worth the effort.
    The light, the scene, and of course fate.
    Love that purple roof.

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  12. I've definitely tried to sneak a photo - and I can see why you'd want to catch these! I actually kind of like sun spots and rays - they can really transform the image.

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  13. Oh I love the pictures of the old mill, beautiful Michelle!!!! Blessings Francine.

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  14. Very pretty! I like the sun spots!

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  15. It's beautiful! I've had to sneak to get shots too. :)

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  16. still beautiful shots of a gorgeous mill. I think i would have gone to the farmhouse to see if they owned it and asked to get closer

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  17. It is real, and beautiful, and perfect. I love it. I would love to know its stories. Thank you, Michelle.

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  18. oh what pretty pics! I see why you try to get a pic.....

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  19. oh these are beautiful and nah, i never do that ;)

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  20. What a pretty place...glad you were able to get the pictures.

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  21. What a gorgeous spot. I bet they have had so many people ask to get closer to take pictures!

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  22. O, sweet girl...I think the glare of the sun makes for an amazing photo...you are so good at what you do...such a good eye for making beautiful photos....

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  23. What a gorgeous place and you got some great shots! I love me some KY! I have done this so many times and currently there is a property right down the road from me that has been empty and sits on a beautiful piece of land with the most beautiful pond in the back. No one is ever there to ask if I can come take pics. I am tempted to go to the neighbors (who I think keep the yard mowed) and ask them to either give me their number or call them and ask for me :)

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  24. I have an affection for old mills. The scene is so beautiful.

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  25. It looks so beautiful and peaceful! So much history there! I've been caught trespassing a time or two.....

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  26. I have, of course...your pictures are just BEAUTIFUL from this place! Love!
    Warm hug from Titti

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  27. You found a terrific barn at a lovely site. Next time, just walk onto the property and take the photo you want. Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

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  28. I took a trip for 6 weeks and brought back not one photo like that - Not like any of yours actually. Let me know when your book is published. I want a copy - please tell me you are working on a book.

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    1. Bob, I so appreciate this compliment.

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