Historic Close-ups


Museums are great places to take your camera, if they let you … not all museums do. So when an exclusive opportunity arose for a photo club trip to the local, ‘Museum of the Mountain West’ I was in. Because it was in the middle of a bright, sunny day I decided ahead of time that I would concentrate on details inside, starting out with my 100mm macro lens. Having arranged tours to a farmstead museum Back East I was familiar with this kind of shooting. The shear number of artifacts can be overwhelming, the lighting can be difficult and you must isolate yet reserve the urge to move anything! Here are a few detail shots from the fun outing.

‘On A Shoestring’ © Denise Bush
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‘Corona Keys’ © Denise Bush
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‘You’ve Got Mail’ © Denise Bush

‘Latched & Locked’ © Denise Bush

‘Doctor’s Glasses’ © Denise Bush

‘She Spoke To Me’ © Denise Bush

‘Up On A Shelf’ © Denise Bush

‘Old-fashioned Radiator’ © Denise Bush

44 Responses to “Historic Close-ups”

  1. 1 Linda Kamholz

    Hi Denise, Love this collection of museum artifacts, especially the kinda creepy (but probably much loved) dolly. Your choice of black & white is perfect!

    • Hey there Linda! So nice to hear from you … it’s been a while … we are here just about 2 years now. Hope all is well with you and yours. XO

  2. Love these!

  3. Beautiful photos, Denise. You learn well grasshopper!

  4. Yes, I, too, was pleased to see some non-landscape work. Reminded me of stuff you did back here in the east, and I enjoyed it. Really liked the “Doctor’s Glasses” and “Old Fashioned Radiator” particularly as it “fuzzied” towards the back.

  5. 9 Russell G Hunt

    Really great captures.

  6. I also like taking pictures of items in museums too. Well captures of these nice and interesting pieces.

    • While there is a lot to photograph at this museum … it was challenging to pick out the subjects that would make an interesting image. Thanks for your visit and comment!

  7. When I was a kid, our postbox looked like the ones you photographed. Our post office was super old, too. 😉

  8. Wonderful subjects, beautifully composed!

    • Thanks so much! Nice to hear from you CS! What does the CS stand for? I think I looked on your blog at one time and couldn’t figure it out. Or, do people call you CS? 🙂

      • Howdy, I’m a Charles Samuel, grew up as Sam, even though my grandmother said “old men and dogs are called Sam”. My photo friends came me either or. (o;

  9. 19 jopat700

    Hi Denise. Love these photos! The radiator is exactly like the ones I grew up with in my parents’ colonial house in Mt Laurel. The newer part of the house was built in 1824 and the original part of the house was built in the 1760s. The Corona typewriter is like the first one that I bought for myself to take to college. Very nostalgic for me. Beautifully composed images. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Hello Dear Lady! Of course these radiators are not that old then! I remember them too in friends’ and relatives’ homes. And I know the house you grew up in too. The Corona was very light and portable. So nice to hear from you … keep in touch!

  10. Love these images Denise! Nice to see a sidestep from your also beautiful landscape images.

  11. I love every one of these, Denise. Such thoughtful compositions and selections of detail shots. And your monochromes are fabulous!

  12. 25 Deb

    These are awesome Denise, brings back great memories of other shooting locations! Always love these kind of “trip back in time” photo’s!

    • Yes … similar to the farmstead museum in Lambertville. In general we don’t have as much subject variety here so having something different to shoot was a nice change. XO

  13. Nice departure from nature, I like this collection of images. The doll had me thinking along lines of Bride of Chucky, especially with your caption! And at first glance, I thought radiator was object between parallel mirrors….until I scrolled down to read caption.

  14. 29 Vicki L DeVico

    I love all your details, Denise. Beautiful collection of images!

  15. These are great – I’ve tried many times to photograph artifacts inside small museums, and rarely succeed. The lighting, the cramming…! One place that did yield a few better results was a similar trip (organized by a photography club) to a university greenhouse where lots of unusual plants are grown. But of course, we had some good light. I love the first image, the 3rd, 6th and 7th stand out for me as well. And the processing is perfect in every one. Fun!

    • Looking and thinking about what will make a pleasing still-life in addition to getting the camera and tripod in the right position can seem like work! There were several others that I chose not to show for one reason or another but mostly because I didn’t feel anything from them. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

  16. Nice work, Denise. The lighting on the doll is amazing and super creepy. Can’t stop looking at it.

  17. 35 Virginia Rice

    They are all praise worthy.

  18. I think my favorite is On a Shoestring, but all are so well composed! What a fun post, and look at the vintage things through your viewfinder.

  19. 39 Emilio Pasquale

    I don’t know which shot is my favorite. Excellent job, Denise!

  20. Well done. Your versatility is showing.

    • Hey Linda … thank you! I’ve tried a lot of different kinds of photography only to come full circle in accepting that all I was first drawn to is my niche´.

  21. 43 MikeP

    Ahhh yes the lil things with never ending possibilities!!! Keep posting … love your stuff.

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