Rusty Things & Abandoned Places

Finding a Niche
I recently gave a photography lesson to someone who was trying to figure out just ‘what’ to take pictures of. This got me me thinking about ‘finding a niche’. For me I knew early on that my favorite subjects were landscapes, nature and things from the past. These are the subjects my fine art photography portfolio is full of … the things that I keep going back to time, and time again. Recognizing that I had a fondness for these subjects did not stop me from exploring many other subjects and forms of photography over the years. Having the patience to find your niche is important … I don’t think it can be forced. My advice to those who might be searching for a direction would be to explore it all and what you love will rise to the surface all on its own. These days, feeling less of a need to photograph it all, I am more content that the things I was drawn to from the very beginning of making photographs are indeed ‘my niche’.

'Left Behind'  © Denise Bush
‘Left Behind’ © Denise Bush
'Greenhouse Resident'  © Denise Bush
‘Greenhouse Resident’ © Denise Bush
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'Recycled Shack'  © Denise Bush
‘Recycled Shack’ © Denise Bush
'Writing On The Wall'  © Denise Bush
‘Writing On The Wall’ © Denise Bush
'Doorways From The Past'  © Denise Bush
‘Doorways From The Past’ © Denise Bush
'Silo In Black & White'  © Denise Bush
‘Silo In Black & White’ © Denise Bush
'Around The Corner'  © Denise Bush
‘Around The Corner’ © Denise Bush
'Lost In The Woods'  © Denise Bush
‘Lost In The Woods’ © Denise Bush
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'Old Coop'  © Denise Bush
‘Old Coop’ © Denise Bush
'Blue Chair'  © Denise Bush
‘Blue Chair’ © Denise Bush
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On The Way Home

Part VI – The End
On the way home my friend and I planned on stopping at the picturesque, red barn we had visited earlier in our adventure. We were also hoping to find and photograph a couple of abandoned houses we saw while following our caravan a few days before. This time the barn scene offered diffused light and I worked the view choosing several different vantage points. My two favorites are displayed below. We passed through a canyon area and decided to stop at a place where the autumn colors clinged to a sheer cliff, with pond reflections below. Back on the road we immediately recognized the homely, little green shack we spotted before, sitting all alone in a field beside the mountains. Then, just a short distance down the road we found the other house that caught our attention. For this one we needed our long lenses to avoid trespassing. It was wonderfully weathered! Not wanting our trip to end, we continued to explore a bit without much success before finally heading home, and ending our Awesome Adirondack Adventure.

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'Red Barn In The Morning'  © Denise Bush
‘Red Barn In The Morning’ © Denise Bush
'Adirondack Barn In Autumn'  © Denise Bush
‘Adirondack Barn In Autumn’ © Denise Bush
'Colorful Cliff'  © Denise Bush
‘Colorful Cliff’ © Denise Bush
'Little Green House'  © Denise Bush
‘Little Green House’ © Denise Bush
'Abandoned In The Adirondacks'  © Denise Bush
‘Abandoned In The Adirondacks’ © Denise Bush
'Long Gone'  © Denise Bush
‘Long Gone’ © Denise Bush

The End Is Near

Part V – Day Four
On our last full day in the Adirondacks we were greeted with a dramatic light show. The fog and colors of sunrise changed quickly from one moment to the next keeping our shutters busy. Whiteface Mountain was exposed only for a short time before it was blanketed by the fog rolling across the lake. After breakfast we visited our barn again to capture it in the cloudy, diffused light we were presented with on this day. On our way to the Tupper Lake area we went to a spot where we could see what is referred to as the ‘high peaks’. Along our travels we stopped at a swamp that caught our eye before coming to a spot where some kayakers were setting off for an adventure all their own. Tupper Lake was outlined with vibrant autumn color and the ‘little island’ pictured below was a highlight for all. It started to rain and I was having trouble keeping my eyes open while my friend shuttled us back to our hotel in the dreary weather. That night we had one last dinner together before heading home the next morning. Looking back it seemed like a long time ago that we had started our adventure in Schroon Lake, even though it had only been a few days.

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'Lake Placid At Dawn'  © Denise Bush
‘Lake Placid At Dawn’ © Denise Bush
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'Misty Waters'  © Denise Bush
‘Misty Waters’ © Denise Bush
'Pink Sky & Water'  © Denise Bush
‘Pink Sky & Water’ © Denise Bush
'Shoreline Isolation'  © Denise Bush
‘Shoreline Isolation’ © Denise Bush
'Autumn Barn'  © Denise Bush
‘Autumn Barn’ © Denise Bush
'Posted'  © Denise Bush
‘Posted’ © Denise Bush
'Adirondack Swamp'  © Denise Bush
‘Adirondack Swamp’ © Denise Bush
'Adirondack Kayaker'  © Denise Bush
‘Adirondack Kayaker’ © Denise Bush
'Maple Close-up'  © Denise Bush
‘Maple Close-up’ © Denise Bush
'Red Maple Leaves'  © Denise Bush
‘Red Maple Leaves’ © Denise Bush
'Cloudy Day At The Lake'  © Denise Bush
‘Cloudy Day At The Lake’ © Denise Bush
'Little Island'  © Denise Bush
‘Little Island’ © Denise Bush
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'Painterly Reflection'  © Denise Bush
‘Painterly Reflection’ © Denise Bush
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