PhotoWalk: Truck Grave Yard, Columbia VA.

CPI has been fortunate to gain permission from the owner of an old “Truck Grave Yard” in Columbia Va. to bring a group of 20 or less photographers onto their private business property and photograph the many old trucks they have in about a 5-acre area.
The owner has asked that we be mindful of a few things:
1) We are responsible for our own safety
2) Do not move or remove any objects
3) Do not leave any doors open on the vehicles 

We do need to remember this a place of business and we are guests. I went out 02/02/2014 (with prior owner permission) to get a feel for the place and take some test shots: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickstillings/sets/72157640439895404/)

Here is my general feel: There is plenty of opportunity to bring a tripod and do long exposure or bracketing HDR, and you might want to bring a flash for fill. Most everything is within close walking distance, however there are some trucks out in a field that is about[masked] yards from main area. Most of the trucks are in pretty rough shape, hence the nickname “Truck Grave Yard”, but I came away with the feeling that there were gems to be found if one was patient (I was just doing recon and trying to keep my dog from marking everything he saw). I recommend people wear closed toed shoes, and long pants. Also mid March is when weather starts to warm up, I highly recommend you do not step or place your hands anywhere were you can not see clearly what you might be stepping on or touching.

We will meet 9am at the Columbia James River Boat Ramp
RT.690 (Columbia RD) 1400 Columbia Rd, Columbia, VA 23038
From there we can car pool and caravan to location, which is about 7-10 mins away.

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  • Jim r.

    Loved it - as an old gearhead this was a real joy to see some of the old hardware was awesome

    March 16

  • Andrew

    Thanks so much for organizing this... what a fun opportunity!

    March 16

  • Sharen M.

    great job rick!

    March 16

  • Rick S.

    Hope everyone has made home safe and sound... Good seeing "old" and "faces" :-) earlier comment has link for photo album for those who want to share some of their awesome images from today

    March 16

  • Rick S.

    March 16

  • Mylan D.

    Sorry everyone, given the lack of appealing weather and one heck of a day today, I am going to have to pass on this one.. Hope the weather is better than expected and everyone has a great time.

    March 15

  • Jen B.

    I'd like to get the actual location, for a worried hubby who wants to know exactly where I'll be. Is there an address available?

    March 15

    • Rick S.

      I have slightly different address and GPS than Alen, but here is what I collected on my recon visit : P L Duncan Trucking Inc
      (Sara , Glenn, PL)
      14 Duncan Store Rd
      Columbia, VA 23038 GPS :[masked], [masked]

      1 · March 15

  • Rick S.

    Just as a reminder :
    CPI has been fortunate to gain permission from the owner of an old “Truck Grave Yard” in Columbia Va. to bring a group of 20 or less photographers onto their private business property and photograph the many old trucks they have in about a 5-acre area.
    The owner has asked that we be mindful of a few things:
    1) We are responsible for our own safety
    2) Do not move or remove any objects
    3) Do not leave any doors open on the vehicles We do need to remember this a place of business and we are guests.

    March 15

  • Pete C.

    I was on wait-list, but only got "your in!" comment this AM. Last night made other plans.......sorry, can't attend. Have a great photo shoot, guys!

    March 15

  • Rick S.

    Forecast for Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

    March 10

    • Sharen M.

      I see mud in my future :)

      1 · March 10

    • Rick S.

      Yes looks like some rain middle of the week... But hopefully dry out by Sunday :-)

      March 10

  • Natalie Brinton K.

    I am going to change my mind re Sunday - for some reason i thought it was 1-4. Plus i am taking a certification exam Thurs and now panicking that i have not studied enough. Hoping someone will take my slot. If not i may come for part of the time.

    March 10

  • Terry B.

    I am so. so. so depressed because I'm going to have to cancel out b/c I have paying gigs that need to do it on Sunday. You have no idea how upset I am...have a GREAT TIME!!!!!

    March 9

    • Rick S.

      :-( will miss you... But paying gigs huge +!!!

      March 9

  • O. T. H.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 22

  • Sharen M.

    looking forward to this! if the machines could talk what stories would be told?

    1 · February 3

    • Jim r.

      You really don't want to know

      1 · February 3

  • Jim r.

    Ad an old motown boy and gearhead this will be a hoot

    1 · February 3

  • Jim r.

    Ad an old motown boy and gearhead this will be a hoot

    February 3

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