Go on an adventure sometime

The final result of the photograph I tried so hard to get.

This past weekend I went on an adventure and found myself lost and in the middle of nowhere. But I did it out of desire for one great photograph, and I had the time of my life. Let me tell you the story...

This past weekend I visited my girlfriend and her family 2 hours north in Columbus, OH. While I was driving home Sunday afternoon it was a stunning day; 85 degrees, blue sky, puffy clouds, approaching the golden hour. As I passed though Huber Heights I looked to my right and saw the barn you see above. The light was hitting it just right, the sky above it was perfect, the vegetation was as green as could be, and the beautiful Ohio Bicentenial logo completed the scene. I just HAD to get a shot of it.


Obviously, I couldn't stop in the middle of the highway (which ran just to the left of the picture you see above). So I got off the next exit and spent 30 minutes on rural Ohio backroads trying to find this barn. I eventually found it, but the only way to get the right angle was by trespassing on a private corporation's property. I thought, it's Sunday, no one will care. So I ran up, grabbed a couple HDR shots, and got out. I was very happy with the results.

But the adventure wasn't over yet. On my way back, I passed by a tiny metropark called Carriage Hill MetroPark. Anyways, I saw red barns, hand crafted fences, and various farm animals roaming. Again, I hopped out of my car and went exploring. I had no idea where I was or what I was doing, but I was transfixed by the setting I was in.

The first view I got of the metropark.

So I spent the next hour or so wandering the park. I met some interesting people. I watched people dressed in 19th century clothing churn butter and feed livestock. And I photographed tons of farm animals. I had an amazing time learning new things in a new place.

As I got in my car to leave, I knew I would probably never visit this place again. It is out of the way, in the middle of nowhere, far away from home. But I also knew that I would have never found this hidden gem if I never pursued that single barn I spotted from the highway. My desire to photograph a stunning scene led to an adventure of an afternoon.

This is a lesson for me and for any other photographer, whether you are an aspiring one or whether you are a professional stuck in a photography drought. Go on adventures. Drive without knowing where you're going. Find new places, meet new people, and learn new things. I guarantee you will find a place worth finding 100% of the time. Just bring your camera and maybe a friend, and go on an adventure.