After the Rain

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Comments (9)

Dave Belcher on April 3, 2008

The story behind the photo... The above photograph which I titled "After the Rain" was taken in 1980 with my 8x10 camera on a day that had some dramatic skies and weather.

I saw the barn and the windmill as a big black cloud was just passing by during a thundershower. As the sky cleared, an opening in the clouds let some sunshine through, illuminating the scene like a spotlight. I had to carry my heavy camera and tripod about a half a kilometer down the railway tracks to set it up and create the right perspective and composition. As it was still drizzling, I held an umbrella over the camera as well so it wouldn't get wet as I waited for the right moment to click the shutter.

Now for the sad part...

This scene will never be able to be seen again.

I visited the spot about 3 years ago and the windmill had fallen over. I visited the place again in the spring of 2006 and everything is gone!!!! Not even a trace of the house, barn or windmill...just a bare field with the fence in front.

Some moments are to be captured once and only once, never to be seen again.

Matthew Walters on April 5, 2008

Great shot Darbs. With the loss of the barn etc, it shows how important photography is - at least there is a record of this site that many people would never have known about, let alone seen.

npalmer420 on May 11, 2009

This is one of the nicest shots of rural Alberta I've ever seen... Big thanks for uploading it!

Eric Klaszus on September 19, 2009

This is an epic photograph... very well captured. Thank you for sharing it along with the story.

Mehdi Nazarpour on September 18, 2011

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Jessica G. on October 2, 2011

This is a beautiful photograph with the old farmyard and dramatic lighting. Even more special to know the story behind it. It makes you realize that every photo we take is capturing a piece of history. Y* and greetings,

Jessica G.

dziwnowik on November 18, 2012

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Dave Belcher on July 2, 2013

I shall be getting the original 8x10 transparency drum-scanned for archival purposes and also that anyone wanting a high resolution print on canvas will have the very best image. The scans will be done by Hemlock Printers in Burnaby, BC. one of the few companies still able to provide drum scans on their Dainippon Screen digital scanners. I'll get it scanned at 300 dpi @ 1200% enlargement which will allow for prints up to 10 feet wide.

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Dave Belcher
Stony Plain, AB, Canada

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  • Uploaded on March 9, 2008
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    by Dave Belcher