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Stoney Point Grocery

23 01 2012

I was driving home from lunch with a friend and I passed a small white building I’ve driven by a few dozen times, though not since I started this blog. It really jumped out at me so I pulled into the lot across the street and got my gear ready. This is what I started this blog for, to get me back to the point where I find inspiration in the things I see every day.

This old store has always caught my eye in passing but I haven’t stopped long enough to really appreciate it.  I really liked the building, in fact I’ve wanted to do a full series on old run down buildings but I haven’t had the time yet, or the inspiration. I started out standing in the corner of the small lot in front of the building to give me a little bit of angle. I put a low contrast sepia filter on it in Aperture 3 and that gives us the final product you see here.

Next, I got in tight where the roof met the wall on the side. The natural light was really bright so it made an interesting dynamic against the dark roof. I didn’t notice my favorit part of the image until after I was through editing. The wood boards under the lip of the roof had some really interesting dark cracks in the paint. Had an element of intrigue and mystery, I really liked it.

From the edge of the roof I worked my way around the corner to a barred up window. I dialed down my f-stop and tried to focus on the most interesting vertical bar. I snapped a few shots and was really happy with this one.

Final shot. I moved past the bars and saw this outlet standing out from the wall. I liked the red door in the background so I framed it in too. I also caught a little bit of the street and trees past the edge of the building to add a little extra color.

Thanks for stopping in. I hope you enjoyed this most recent shoot and I hope you’ll leave some feedback and let me know what you think. I’d love to share some of your work on my blog. If you have a picture that you think fits in with shootabout, email it to me with a brief description along with a link to your blog so I can give you credit. Thanks and God Bless! arleyseth@gmail.com

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118 responses

23 01 2012
B. J. Parker

I loved this series. Of course the first image is gorgeous! I’m sure you could have guessed that from my post as well. Keep sharing beauty.

23 01 2012
96arley

Glad you liked it! It was a lot of fun to shoot 🙂

23 01 2012
loniduek

Beautiful pics
and thanks for like-ing mine ! 😉

23 01 2012
96arley

No Problem, I’m not much for painting abstract art, If I can’t get it in a lens I have a hard time making it but I sure love looking at it 🙂

23 01 2012
hannahcorrine

You are a really good photographer! I’ve always loved old houses. Glad you got pics of it

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, and me too. Hopefully I’ll be able to do the week in North Carolina I’ve been telling myself I’m going to take soon. I have some friends up there that have scoped out a bunch of old run down barns I want to do a series on.

23 01 2012
daphot75

Great series about this abandoned building

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Deak, I wish I could get my hands on some of those beautiful Austrian Castles or that “Hypercube” every once in a while though 🙂

23 01 2012
Pablo Buitrago

Great set of photos!
The building looks quite interesting, there are lots of details that you captured pretty wel!
This kind of projects make you stop everywhere and appreciatte more different things.

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for the feedback! It was a great location with a lot to see

23 01 2012
Dawn

Why didn’t you go in?! Maybe there’s an edible twinkie or some cool cheesy vintage ads. Be warned… once you pop that cherry there’s no going back 😀 Thanks for visiting my blog! These are great pics.

23 01 2012
96arley

Haha, I doubt the twinkie but I would love to find some genuine old ads or something. I appreciate you stopping in too

23 01 2012
Bernie Kasper

Great work I liked how you worked the building for the most creative shots, thanks for stopping by my blog as well, later !!

23 01 2012
96arley

I appreciate the feedback. The building really gave me a lot to work with 🙂

24 01 2012
barbaraelka

Love the whites. And textures too…

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Barbara, I love focusing on interesting textures

24 01 2012
Chloe deGravelle

Nice captures.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Chloe, I appreciate you stopping by

24 01 2012
takingsnaps

What a wonderful old place! That would be knocked down if it was in the UK….It would be wonderful to buy it and do it up! I just loved the photos, so atmospheric! I just felt as though I could smell the mustiness! If you know what I mean!

24 01 2012
96arley

I could smell the mustiness 🙂 and yes, it would be a really cool place to buy, would certainly make for a unique studio, “Stoney Point Studio”

24 01 2012
Inga

Excellent series of an interesting looking building. Abandoned, old buildings are really something special. Love the different close ups of all the details. Lovely tones too.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Inga, great to hear from you and I appreciate the feedback

24 01 2012
Dr Martin A Stainsby

Nice photography and processing. You have a great eye for detail.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Dr Martin, I appreciate the compliment and you stopping by

24 01 2012
spicycartoon

thanks for stopping by my blog. You might not have frost or snow, but you sure have great shots my friend. thanks for inspiring.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thank you so much, I appreciate the compliment

24 01 2012
victoriaaphotography

Love the third image. Capturing the fine detail of that cracked wood paintwork almost makes me feel old, just looking at it.

24 01 2012
96arley

Haha, thank you and I hope that’s not what all my pictures do for you, I’m glad you enjoyed it though 🙂

24 01 2012
robert87004

I especailly like that first shot. At some point in time old buildings have a sense of aged permanence.

24 01 2012
96arley

I like the way you put that. After enough time they become beautiful again

24 01 2012
Dakota Grown and City Savvy

Great series. Well done! I like how you took the reader through each shot. Nice!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I really like to share a bit about each shot I put on the blog. I love writing and I like to be able to connect a bit to my readers. Thanks for stopping by!

24 01 2012
Four Blue Hills

Terrific shots, perspective is wonderful too! Love the black and white!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I thought the monochrome really worked well here. Thanks for stopping by!

24 01 2012
reesephoto

Nice work. you have a good eye for details

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I just go for the little things in life I guess 🙂

24 01 2012
kurtwerks

Love the barred window shot. Nicely done.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I like perspective shots with shallow DoF, that one worked out pretty well. You’d probably like the brick wall in around the loading dock (2)

24 01 2012
hotelprguy

Love your photography style! Cheers! 😉

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I appreciate you stopping by!

24 01 2012
Regina (Gina) Arnold

You have such a great perspective of life that’s evident in your shots. I love them! I’m learning from you, so thanks a bunch!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate you reading and I appreciate the compliment

24 01 2012
Stuart Hyde - shpics

Really atmospheric..great location, great shots.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I really enjoyed shooting these, it was a great spot

24 01 2012
orca2017

Great work – I really like the image – great feel to it. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

26 01 2012
96arley

No Problem, I love browsing all kinds of WordPress Blogs

24 01 2012
Kamil Shah

Simple yet amazing building full of character. If it was a person, it’ll be an old blues singer!

24 01 2012
96arley

Haha! Well said, thanks for stopping by!

24 01 2012
nuvofelt

What amazing textures you have found. Isn’t it interesting to discover the things we have seen but not looked properly. I’m concentrating on a small corner of our garden for this year – and am amazed at how different it has been each day of this year, even though we are still in the first month.

24 01 2012
96arley

That’s an awesome way to do a series, I’d love to have you write a brief article about some of your day to day and some pictures to share with my readers. Email me if you’re interested arleyseth@gmail.com

24 01 2012
Tyran Grillo

These are fantastic shots!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Tyran, I appreciate you stopping by

24 01 2012
marina

great captures!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Marina, it was a really great location

24 01 2012
bitznbitez

Beautiful store and great job on the treatment.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it

24 01 2012
rutheh

thanks for stopping by my blog and clicking the like button. I am enjoying your work, too!
Best,
Ruth

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Ruth, glad you’re enjoying it!

24 01 2012
krushworth

Fantastic image series of the Stoney Grocery Store. Where did ya find this building? These photos remind me of some of the old homes and businesses in the town I live in. Thanks again for liking my post on London, England.

Don’t hesitate to follow my blog Traveling with Krushworth or me on Twitter @RealmOfMyOwn.
I’ll for sure keep coming back to your blog to see some more of your photos. Keep up the good work.

I live in an old town in Alberta, Canada where

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for stopping by. This building is in Greenwood, SC. It’s kinda on the edge of town near an outdoor flea market

25 01 2012
Lens and Pens by Sally

Nice series, and really like the composition of the second one. Also, your comments in the opening paragraph are sweet lyrics to me. Often we suddenly “see” what has been invisible to
us. Or what has been in our visual arena becomes more, Sally

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Sally. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the writing as well as the photos. I look forward to seeing you around the blog again soon.

25 01 2012
Northern Narratives

Thank you for visiting my photoblog at http://northernprints.wordpress.com

Your building photos are great.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them

25 01 2012
The Scottie Chronicles

WOW! I’m honored! Thanks for liking my post. You’re like, uh…a pro, and you LIKED my post???? Whoa.

Aroo, Stuart

25 01 2012
96arley

I have a soft spot for dogs and watercolor 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting, don’t get star struck, this blog is all about down to earth photography and read the header, “Not a Pro, Just a Hobbyist that Occasionally Gets Paid” 😉 lol

25 01 2012
wolke205

I love the texture, great captured photos! 🙂

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you liked them

25 01 2012
plaidoak

Very cool– I love old buildings.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, me too 🙂

25 01 2012
loniduek

You do such a great job!
and thanks so much for checking my pictures too
My blog loniduekart.wordpress.com, has my paintings, please check it out too
😉

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed the abstract paintings, very unique

25 01 2012
Gone Bananas

Wow! You took some amazing shots! I love quaint little historic places such as these! I’m hoping as I learn I get a better eye for photography and am able to take pictures like some of the ones you’ve taken on your blog! 🙂

25 01 2012
96arley

You’ve got a pretty great eye already 🙂 http://kirsty815.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/wordless-wednesday-4/

25 01 2012
design6studio

fabulous shot! love it.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked them.

25 01 2012
bananabatman

I also like ‘run down’ building, but they are getting harder to find as they are being redeveloped at a pretty high rate here. Land prices are probably the problem. Great photos. Thanks for posting them and also for visiting my blog..

25 01 2012
96arley

I’m lucky and unlucky enough to live in the county with the highest increase in the poverty rate. “According to an analysis of Census Bureau figures made public on Thursday, its poverty rate more than doubled to 24 percent from 2007 to 2010, the largest increase for any county in the nation.” Not a lot of new development around here… source NY Times

25 01 2012
96arley

Of course that just means I get to enjoy the benefits of slow small town that still photographs well 🙂

25 01 2012
youinspiredaily

beautiful, beautiful photo of a store and era gone by!

25 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

25 01 2012
myluckytown

Thank you for liking one of my blog-posts. I really like the first photo; it looks like it was taken years ago 🙂

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, it was taken Saturday 🙂

26 01 2012
smallartuk

Run-down old buildings (and even just old buildings) are incredible subjects for both photographers and painters. I know my art group here in the UK would be eagerly setting up their easels at a location like this! Lots of lovely texture and atmosphere (although very sad).

26 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you picked up on that and if your art group ever finds them self in the states I’ll show you where this building is 🙂 lol

26 01 2012
LadyT

its amazing how we can find inspiration in everyday things… love the pics. great work 🙂

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it

26 01 2012
weisserwatercolours

Your goal in doing this blog makes me recall my most prized quote:

From Marcel Proust ~
““The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

You have those eyes, my friend.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thank you. I appreciate the kind words, I think I’m going to have to use that quote in my next blog post 🙂

26 01 2012
Bethylicious

I really, really love these shots. The textures are wonderful! Although, at first glance, the store looked like something out of a “Wrong Turn” movie, lol. Great work 🙂

26 01 2012
96arley

Haha, that’s why I did all my shots from outside 😛 lol

26 01 2012
littlebennet

Amazing photographs!!!!!!! Love the second one.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it

27 01 2012
Hatchtopia

Awesome series of photos – I dream of someday capturing shots that good. Thanks for the like on my blog – best of all, I get to see what you’re up to! Keep up the good work!

27 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. Keep at it, it’s all in your attitude

27 01 2012
photographer6

AWESOME shoot. Love places like this….they are so beautiful to photograph. Thanks for sharing your work!

27 01 2012
96arley

Thank you for responding to it!

27 01 2012
MLRutledge Photography

Charley, I’m new to WordPress and trying to figure it out. In my first few days, you have been my inspiration to keep trying. I love your photos. I love trains, old buildings and macro. I’m not a professional. Thank you for commenting and following. You are my first one to follow..
God bless.

27 01 2012
96arley

I’m honored, keep at it and most importantly have fun. Don’t worry about lots of followers or readers at first. Have fun and they’ll start showing up

28 01 2012
wongte

Great photos! I love old buildings! They always tell as story to me and you do a great job at showing that story. I love how you take close up shots of everyday objects and make them seem interesting and even beautiful! Great work!

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I love making people look at every day stuff differently

28 01 2012
onelifethislife

I really like shooting old or abandoned places. They have so much history and a special charm. Love this post!

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked it

29 01 2012
Capturing Light

Love your work. There is something about old buildimgs, ghost towns, mining towns and architecture that has a place in my heart. My dad was a history major in college and my big brother is a civil engineer….go figure.
I could shoot the country side all day long.
I majored in architectural photography and appreciate that you have not only shot the whole building but you have shown the details. Beautiful.
Never feel you don’t have time for photo projects….you don’t have to shoot them all in a day…take your time & soon you’ll have a collective.
Cheers – happy shutterbuggin’
Sue

30 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Sue, I’m very interested in architecture photography and would love to make that a part of my business one day. Not as much opportunity for it in a dying town where real estate is in major decline though 😦

31 01 2012
Capturing Light

same where I am. It’s sad. Press on | keep shooting what you love.
cheers!

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I’m glad you could connect with the post. Glad you stopped in!

30 01 2012
Dreams and Zeros

Great shots – love the simplicity of the colours/shades. Very atmospheric!

30 01 2012
96arley

Thank you, with some subjects less is more

9 02 2012
Russell Chapman

Great photos and detail in these old run-down buildings. I think my favourite is the the one of the store itself. Also, thanks for liking my blog.

9 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Russell, glad you liked it

9 02 2012
steviegill

Nice photo shoot.

9 02 2012
96arley

Thank You, glad you like it

10 02 2012
rommel

I love this most specially for obvious reason. Antiquities really give out good textures.

10 02 2012
96arley

Definitely, love old structures and objects

16 02 2012
Dave

You said, “This is what I started this blog for, to get me back to the point where I find inspiration in the things I see every day.” Sounds like you are finding your inspiration, Arley. I really enjoy your posts!

16 02 2012
96arley

I really am, this blog has been an incredible experience for me. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

17 02 2012
Dave

I’ll definitely be back, and thanks for the follow!

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