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.