Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tattered and Torn

Last night was our local Camera Club meeting. The assignment was American Flag - tattered and torn.
Neither Hubs nor I were inspired by the topic. We have done flags, patriotic, or a similar topic many times before. We decided to go to the meeting, but not bring a picture for the contest, unless we found something we liked. I mean how many angles can you take a picture of a flag and make it interesting? Not many. They all end up looking like—you got it flags.

During last week's ramble, I saw a cool looking barn. Of course I slowed and took a few shots out the car window. Later when I downloaded my pics, I saw somehting amazing. There was a metal flag hanging on the side of the barn—tattered and torn. Now I was excited. So, I jumped in the car and drove back to the barn. I walked up to the house and knocked on the door to ask permission to get a closer shot, but no one was home. So, I had to settle for a long distant shot or risk getting arrested for trespassing. Which wouldn't look good for the Criminal Court Clerk. Below is the pic I entered in the contest.
It doesn't have quite enough stars, but I would consider it an American Flag, wouldn't you?

After I found the barn I got excited and located a couple of tattered flags for Hubs. After some convincing he drove off with his camera, after work, the night of camera club. Below is the pic he entered in the contest.
Of course there wasn't a breath of wind, but he got it printed in the nick of time. I really like the way he positioned the flag with the sky for background and the trees to the side.

How did we fare you ask?

The barn flag took 1st place. The limp flag took 3rd. I'm thinking everyone else might be a little tired of flags, too.

Next month is sunrise/sunset.

Happy Friday!

19 comments:

Gillian Olson said...

That barn flag is indeed a winner! Good spotting,

Weekend-Windup said...

I too like the barn flag. It looks different!

ladyfi said...

That first shot is lovely.

Halcyon said...

I am not surprised your flag won. It's different than most flag shots and also visually appealing. Congrats!!

Buttons said...

Oh I can see why it took first it is incredible a wonderful find. I think you did great. Camera class sounds like a thing I would love. Hug B

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...all I can say is...CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's terrific.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

Congrats!! i love the 1 star flag ... was thinking it is very simple & fun. ( :

happy weekend!!

Dicky Bird said...

Good job - congratulations.

Marie said...

How wonderful! I loved this because you probably only had a few days to make this happen, and had no idea how to find any inspiration, and BOOM, suddenly you both had the perfect shots! That's such a fun story. I often wish I could find some inspiration for some unique shots here in the desert. There are no barns, and I've exhausted the fences around town. It's too hot to drive around looking for something interesting to shoot. I thought maybe I would do a macro collage of different cacti. I know there's a lot out there, but it takes time and energy to find it all...and gas. So, I sit here with nothing to post till next Tuesday. maybe I will come up with something. :-) Love that you and your hubby go to a camera club!

TexWisGirl said...

the barn flag is american meets texas style. :)

Gail Dixon said...

Congrats on first place! I can certainly see why. Have a great weekend!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Congratulations - You both did great! I'm not surprised at all that your barn flag won first place!

~Lindy

marilyn said...

a truly different tattered flag ... congrats to you and hub, too... glad the boy was fine...

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the tattered flag on the barn!

Brian King said...

Very cool barn! Congratulations on both!

Stewart M said...

The barn shot is great and a splendid way to reinterpret an old idea.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Amy Burzese said...

The barn shot is wonderful. Many interesting and colorful elements.

Tom said...

Love the flag. Tom The Backroads Traveller

bettyl-NZ said...

Awesome shots, both of them!