This is the low end of what was once a conveyer system at a hop kiln in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. The hop kiln, its buildings, grounds, and old equipment are now part of the Hop Kiln Winery. I was there one very bright, sunny day at just about 1:00pm – I might have preferred to be there earlier in the morning or later in the day to get some better shadows and light. However, we didn’t even know this existed until we were driving by and saw it. Backed up, pulled in their parking lot and jumped out. I saw the buildings and some of the old equipment and immediately grabbed my cameras.
I decided to shoot the low end of the conveyer system with my infrared camera, planning for some black and white infrared. I walked around it for a while and decided I really liked this angle the best, and I knew the IR would turn the sky dark at this angle to the sun. Although this looks very different then what it looks like there in person, this is really close to what I imagined when I took the photo.