Do you remember when you first started out photo-blogging (or blogging period for that matter) when content was your chief concern? You needed something to post and wondered where you would find a steady supply of material. As time passed you likely accumulated more images to process than you could shake a stick at. Great problem to have, I say. I’ve been reaching back for some of the shots from times past and discovered that many somehow look so different today than they did when taken. By that I mean some that were passed over in the past now hold a little more interest than before.  Strange how that works. Been there?

In today’s post we harken back to early Summer 2011 on one of those morning when I was out and about around 4:30-ish. I was traveling to Lancaster Pennsylvania and stopped in Columbia as the sky was transitioning. Locating a little high ground I was able to grab this “first light” image. Below my vantage point was a municipal parking lot near the Susquehanna River. The only thing on the lot were two vehicles with empty boat trailers, meaning the boaters had already launched and headed out. I was surprised that more people hadn’t taken advantage of this early bird parking.

A closer look reveals some railroad tracks making their way along the edge of a residential area. That one building off to the left sort of resembled a train depot at first but it was really a warehouse of some sort. This little sleepy town was eerily quiet with no signs of life. I soon move on toward my destination. :-)

Have a great day everyone!

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15 Responses to Early Bird Parking

  1. Chantal says:

    the warmth in lighting is stunning Jimi
    Chantal recently posted..Rural

  2. Dave DiCello says:

    Yeah, definitely hear you there! When I first started I was blogging faster than I could shoot! I still blog everyday, but have thousands of shots that I havne’t posted! Glad you dug this one out Jimi, looks awesome!
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  3. Len Saltiel says:

    The colors and lights really are the stars here Jimi.I used to try to process all of my images right after shooting but that added too much pressure to process. After taking a webinar with Trey Ratcliff, I now process images that I have taken over the past 6 years. That way, as my processing skills improve, I can do some of the older ones justice. I created a Lightroom Collection named “To be Processed” and pick from it when processing. It’s now over 2,500 images…
    Len Saltiel recently posted..Rustic

  4. Jim Denham says:

    Wow, great light jimi! well done!
    Jim Denham recently posted..My Muse and My Dad

  5. Adam Allegro says:

    The early bird gets the worm :) There are only two things I will wake up earlly for with a smile: The first I won’t say but it is pretty obvious what it is, and the second is a breathtaking sunrise. Awesome job Jimi, really nice pick from the archinves :)
    Adam Allegro recently posted..St Ames’ Cathedral – Part 2

  6. Curt Fleenor says:

    Great light here Jimi! I need to revisit some of my past archives to see if there is anything worth saving.
    Curt Fleenor recently posted..Jagged Little Pill

  7. Great light and colors here Jimi. I agree about revisiting older images now that I have a larger archive. It’s nice to have older stuff to fall back on as I do far less shooting in the winter than other months.
    Steven Perlmutter recently posted..What Is That Stuff?

  8. Rick Louie says:

    Some great morning light, Jimi. Yea I’ve been looking over my old photos that I rejected and wondering why I rejected them.
    Rick Louie recently posted..Winter Sunset

  9. Jim Nix says:

    yep we’ve all been there Jimi! glad you pulled this one out, great light!
    Jim Nix recently posted..Winter shine

  10. A.Barlow says:

    That’s some cool light man. Nice vantage point.

  11. LensScaper says:

    The transition in the sky from that fiery orange to real deep blue is wonderful. ‘Sleepy town’ sums it up well. Great processing and clarity. I was just going through last year’s images: 5000+ of them! And realising how much is sitting there unused and unprocessed. They also bring back a flood of memories too.
    LensScaper recently posted..Sundown over Ivinghoe Beacon

  12. Eden says:

    Nice work Jimi :)

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  14. Jimi, I like the starburst and the colors. I need to go through my images soon!
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