Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! This week I’m on the road again, which means I’m bringing you pictures from my travels. Like last week, this week I’m in southwest Missouri – Springfield, to be exact – and I’m featuring a place that I never knew existed. It’s a little strange to me to think that there were all these incredibly fascinating places so close to me while I was growing up but I had no idea they were there. Perhaps that is why I spend so much time trying to explore the areas that surround where I live.
Whatever the reason, when the Sner and I arrived in Springfield, I began looking for a place to take pictures. I specifically was interested in sunrises, but really I just wanted to take pictures of interesting things. Pythian Castle is certainly an “interesting thing.”
In case you didn’t click on the links, Pythian Castle was built in 1913 by the Knights of Pythias as a home for orphans and widows of members of the order. Until the early 1940s, the house functioned in that capacity. After that time, the house became property of the US Army and was used as a place for wounded soldiers to convalesce. Allegedly Prisoners of War were held at Pythian Castle, but there is quite a bit of controversy about whether that was true and if it was true, in what capacity those POWs might have been held. After WWII, the Castle also served to house tuberculosis patients.
One of the things that I have found fascinating about getting up early to take photos is the way the light changes in just a short hour. Every thing goes from dark to light, and I’m not quite all that good at mastering the changing light, which is fine. If not frustrating.
The other thing that I noticed this trip in particular is that I have been having a huge problem with light leak, which apparently is desirable in some cases, but for me was causing huge issues along the right side of my photos. My light leak issues were due to a problem with a missing eyepiece, which has since been solved by a trip to the local camera store.
The other thing that I had an issue with was my conscious.
See that sign? Yeah, I saw that too but walked right past it, and the entire time I was shooting, I felt a little uneasy. I knew I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to be doing, but the light. Oh the light.
(in my defense…if there is such a thing…I stayed in the parking lot, and I didn’t get close to the house. I didn’t step on the sidewalks or peek in the windows)
And then the light was gone, and I was on my way.
I hope you enjoyed my trip to Pythian Castle and my little bit of a crisis of conscious. What about you? What have you been shooting this week? What have you been learning with regard to your photography? And are you willing to break the rules in order to get the shot? Let me know in the comments!
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Is it just me or does it seem like the weeks are moving more quickly now than they have in the past? Perhaps it’s because I’m 40 now, but it feels like time is speeding up. As always, I cannot wait to see what you have for us this week!
Last week our most visited link came to us from Stephanie at In Her Lens who shared photos from Kansas City, Missouri with us. (Coincidentally, Kansas City is one of my favorite cities. Because it is home to my favorite baseball team – the World Champion Kansas City Royals. We won’t discuss how the team is doing this year. They will get better. I believe) While I would have to go back and comb through the stats, I think Steph’s post is our most viewed link EVER – with 30 of you stopping by to check out her photos. Great job Steph! Thanks for sharing!
The final entry came from Alexis at Chemistry Cachet who reminisced with us about a trip to the San Diego County Fair. If you didn’t get a chance to check her post out, please give her a visit!
On a side note, we had a lot of new participants last week! Welcome y’all! If you saw an unfamiliar name, go take a look and give them some love!
And now…without further ado, it’s time for this week’s link-up! Have fun and give each other some love!