Treasures on the Farm

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege of visiting a classic, 106-year-old farm in Nipomo, California, courtesy of my sweet friends Rudy and Emily. Living on the California Central Coast is a treasure in and of itself, with many photographic opportunities and diverse geographical features, from sand dunes to mountains to the rugged Pacific coast. San Luis Obispo County is also known for its agriculture, from grape growing regions to produce farms, where Rudy has worked as a foreman for many years. Fortunately, he was able to obtain access to his old friend Charlie’s historic farm, which seems like a cross between an episode of American Pickers and Hoarders.

Interior of Vintage Ford Mustang, Nipomo, California

Rough Rider

Collapsing barns, decaying tractors and other decommissioned farm equipment are scattered about the property, along with piles of assorted objects, from rusted metal parts and pipes, to classic cars and trucks. To say this place is a man cave is an understatement. Since Emily is also an artist with an avid interest in photography who works at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, along with our photographer friend Ashley, a field trip to Charlie’s farm was in order. We were like a group of kids in a toy store, dashing from place to place and squealing with excitement at one discovery after another.

Old Windmill on Charlie's Farm, Nipomo, California

Spinning Wheel

Of course I now have many images to process thanks to Rudy and Emily, but I wanted to post a couple of my favorites of a windmill and the interior of an old Ford Mustang that was parked alongside a barn with a collapsing roof. The vehicle was very grungy inside and out, as was the entire ambience, so I processed the photographs accordingly. A rusty texture and border were also added to the images to give them that vintage look. I will add more photos as I finish processing them. Enjoy!

 

6 comments


  • Really really like that windmill. The processing on it is great in bringing out an edgy old feel to it.

    March 02, 2012
    • Thanks so much for your kind words. Much appreciated. This old farm is ripe for photography and post-processing to give it that old vintage, grungy look and feel.

      March 04, 2012
  • [...] Treasures on the Farm – grungy, gritty and captivating are a few of the words that jump to mind when you visit Renée M. Besta’s latest post featuring a shot of a forlorn and decrepit Mustang that now forms the perfect subject for photography.  Incredible details, textures and tones all await the viewer, producing a wonderful piece that is a must-see shot in this weeks list. [...]

    March 02, 2012
  • [...] Treasures on the Farm – grungy, gritty and captivating are a few of the words that jump to mind when you visit Renée M. Besta’s latest post featuring a shot of a forlorn and decrepit Mustang that now forms the perfect subject for photography.  Incredible details, textures and tones all await the viewer, producing a wonderful piece that is a must-see shot in this weeks list. [...]

    March 01, 2012
  • Thanks for stopping by and leaving your nice comment, Toad. I so appreciate it. I also share a love of old farm equipment, as I can see from your latest blog post on the tractor. Hope all is well in the Hollow!

    February 29, 2012
  • Fabulous! I would give almost anything to join you at this incredible location, my friend, it sounds like you were surrounded by the most fascinating and incredible subjects there! Cannot wait to see more, my good friend!

    February 28, 2012

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