Traveling west on Shallowford Road from downtown Lewisville, NC eventually brings one to a curve in the road, not far from the Yadkin River, where Jones Grocery Store sits quietly on the left. Across the road, atop a hill, sits Union United Methodist Church.
I’m not sure how long Jones Grocery Store has been closed, but it’s not been in operation for many years. In 2006 the Lewisville Historical Society placed a historical marker on the store’s property that reads:
JONES GROCERY STORE, 1875 — Joseph Spurgeon Jones (1845–1928) built the original store that at the time was in the Little Yadkin Township, a part of Yadkin County. In 1914, his son, Will A. Jones (1871–1940), moved the store across the road east of its present location. After a disastrous robbery in 1926, Will built the present structure, which included a residence. Three generations of the Jones family ran the store for a century. Subsequent owners include James and Frances Vaughn Gough.
Solving a Photographic Problem
I’ve driven by Jones Grocery Store a number of times within the last year, sometimes taking photos of it, but most of the time not. I was looking for the time of day with the best light for photographing the store. The problem was that the front of the store is shaded most of the day. The very best time, I found, was mid-morning. But even then, the front of the store is still not in direct sunlight.
To learn how I solved the lighting problem, please continue to the NEXT SECTION, where I also include a black-and-white version of the above photo.
HDR to the Rescue
I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner, but on a recent bright morning, it “dawned” on me that the best strategy for photographing Jones Grocery Store was to employ the HDR technique (which has been discussed in previous posts, primarily in the Moving Along post).
By using HDR, it didn’t matter what time of the day I photographed the store — I could capture detail in both the shadowed areas, as well as, of course, in the areas hit by direct sunlight. The above photo is the result of applying the HDR technique.
More to Consider
What’s interesting about the above photo is that it looks fairly normal, as though the grocery store was evenly lit by sunlight. However, in the actual scene, the front of the store was in considerable shadow, looking rather dark and dull.
In future posts, I’ll take you closer to the store with photos showing some of the wonderful detail that is characteristic of HDR photography.
Color or Black-and-White?
Meanwhile, I’m starting to get used to providing alternate black-and-white photos for comparison! What do you think about the black-and-white version shown below? It has a completely different look from the color version.
If you had to choose one photo, which would it be — the color or the black-and-white? Please share your thoughts below.