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An old Kansas grain silo | by Mike Olbinski Photography
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An old Kansas grain silo

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When you go on a three-day stormchasing trip, you tend to get focused on one thing: storms. I think that's obvious enough. You usually have a ton of driving to do on an excursion like this so there isn't always a lot of time to spend dilly-dallying as my mom would say.

 

The fact that this isn't a storm photo should tell you something. The three-day trip was kind of a huge bust for me. The storms just didn't happen like they were supposed to and I'm having a rough time dealing with that today. Tons of driving...money...time away from family. I had amazingly high expectations for myself and I basically came away with nothing I had hoped to capture before leaving.

 

I'm not writing this for people to feel sorry for me. In fact, while I am on the verge of real sadness over this (probably the tiredness is playing a big part too), I see it as a positive for myself. It's a re-assurance of my passion for photography in general. Feeling this much disappointment over something as silly sounding as stormchasing kind of validates it all for me.

 

So today's image is a grain silo that was abandoned in the middle of western Kansas. Because when life gives you blue skies instead of supercells, you try to shoot something else. With a lot of time on my hands with no weather to photograph, I shot a lot of what I'm dubbing "FarmEx" instead of the normal "UrbEx."

 

I definitely wouldn't drive 2200 miles and spend gobs of money to see a bunch of abandoned farm houses and barns...but I'll tell you what: Kansas is full of that kind of stuff and you could go nuts shooting out there.

 

(exif info: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 35mm, f/14, iso 100, 1/160 sec)

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Taken on May 11, 2011