Monochrome in a colorful place

I decided to finally visit the Palace of Gold in Moundsville, West Virginia after putting it off for decades. I don’t live too far from there yet I almost never even think about going. But it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I was wondering what I could photograph that would be different and I though it would be a nice time to make the trip to see what I could find.

I had visions of shooting the building and gardens in the golden light of sunset and as the clouds started to break up during our trip I thought everything would be perfect. My plan was if we got there a little early I would just shoot some details and maybe some interior shots and then shoot the exterior and gardens as the light got just right.

Of course you know how plans go. We barely got on the premises when we were told that they were closing. When I Googled the hours it said they were open until 8:00 PM but they said they closed at 5:00 PM after Labor Day. Bummer. No sunset shots. No interior shots. I hurriedly shot some environmental shots but didn’t get to look for, or focus on, too many details. I did what I could with what I had.

Although it is a colorful place I found a number of the photos worked well in black and white. All shot with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and XF 14, 35 and 55-200 lenses.


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