Here are some more shots from my trip to Monticello, as promised. I’m trying to develop a style of taking good documentary photos while maintaining visual interest — something between snapshot and blatantly artsy.
Monticello is Italian for “little mountain”. Little or not, there were some great views of the valleys around it, which is probably why Jefferson built this garden pavilion where he did.
This is what you see walking up to the side of the main house from the gift shop and bus stop:
This arcade is underneath one side of the main house and is where the kitchen and other servants’ quarters were located. I wonder if I could have brightened this up by setting my metering mode differently. I’m thinking spot metering on the left hand side/in the shade? In reality, I only had a brief moment when there was no one in the shot so I hurried to take this photo. My reflexes aren’t that quick to make such camera adjustments yet. I’m working on it.
This sundial was on a porch leading from the side of the mansion to a smaller one-room building that was used as an office by TJ’s son-in-law. I love how the low depth of field shots turned out!
And finally, a gnarly old tree along the garden path. Apparently there is only one tree still standing on the property that was around in Jefferson’s time, but this isn’t it. We never found the oldest tree.
I’ll have one last post of images from this trip to share with you in a few days. Imagine the bounty when I take a real trip somewhere!