Metal Mettle

I’ve only just today realised that I had this post ready to go last weekend and meant to post it mid-week … and utterly forgot. So, I’m playing a little catch-up while I prepare this week’s challenge post.

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Artistic Metal, eh. I did see a rusted out frame of some kind at the top of the field we explored last week. I’m not sure what it was, but I thought I’d look elsewhere. It didn’t inspire me. Since I, once again, pushed my comfort zone this week, inspiration was a must!

Yesterday morning, the early sun hit our neighbour’s patio table, creating gorgeous contrasts. That’s in the actual Challenge Artistic Mettle … er … Metal.

Not content to leave it at that, however, I decided to do my usual practice session on the Saturday walk and take the actual shots on today’s walk. Great plan in theory. Forgot to put my memory card in the camera. I took the cap off and went to frame the first experimental shot. “No memory card. Insert a new card,” my camera told me helpfully.

“Oh, for crying out loud.”

I decided to continue, but to just use the camera to frame potential shots; see if they were worth taking. Today, was gloriously sunny and almost warmish, so I went out at the same time of day as yesterday to acquire the shots I’d framed then. I was certain one in particular would be the one. I’ll let you know when we get there.

I had framed this in dull light, but was thrilled to have the full sun I needed to get the shot I thought I wanted.
I had framed this in dull light, but was thrilled to have the full sun I needed to get the shot I thought I wanted.

The juxtaposition of the ever-present barbed-wire with the smooth, heavy chain securing the gate appealed to me. I thought it would be high-lighted nicely in sunlight. As I waited, finger poised for exactly the right light, I accidentally took this shot.

This shot really does have a very different feel. The coldness of the light makes the metal harder.
This shot really does have a very different feel. The coldness of the light makes the metal harder.

We continued up the lane and found the cow pasture, where I got the second of my two shots this week. Here’s a different version of the shot I went with.

There are some aspects of this that I prefer to the other, but it tells a different story to the one I wanted to tell.
There are some aspects of this that I prefer to the other, but it tells a different story to the one I wanted to tell.

The dog decided to loiter when I decided to continue our walk. She was making a point … I had stopped for too long, apparently. This is when ‘turn about is fair play came in,’ because I saw this shot. The dog sighed and sat down.

The old gate bar is rusted and covered in the odd green that metal tends to get here. I liked the various colours of metal, the textures of them.
The old gate bar is rusted and covered in the odd green that metal tends to get here. I liked the various colours of metal, the textures of them.

As I walked through the shadows by the Faerie Circle, the sun broke through the clouds and touched the safety rails of the bridge.

This one is harder. The barbed-wire is partially covered in ivy, but it is there, thread-lie and almost invisible. I love the metal of the bridge rails, the worn paint, partial rusting, and roughness.
This one is harder. The barbed-wire is partially covered in ivy, but it is there, thread-like and almost invisible. I love the metal of the bridge rails, the worn paint, partial rusting, and roughness.

My mettle paid off on this one. I was determined to have some fun with it. Hope you did, too.

2 thoughts on “Metal Mettle

  1. Neat shots, Kathy. Loved the light on the large linked chain with the green metal; and the one in the cow pasture – the bit of water and the harshness of the metal. Mom >

    1. I’m pleased with how they turned out. That one caught me by accident. I like it, too. I was at a loss on this one at first. Then I realised that there’s metal all around me here; you just have to look for it.

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