I take assignments seriously. So, when one of my photography meetups gave the assignment of converging lines and faceless portraits, I took the advantage of finding the right place during our square dance weekend in Nevada City, California.
I found both at the Empire Mine State Historic Park. If you haven't visited the mine, please do so. It is packed with history and beauty. From its inception in 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. There are public tours available, depending when you visit. All are led by docents. You can tour the mine and surrounding area, the grounds where the owner-family lived and the cottage that is restored, showing their lifestyle.
There were no docent tours available during the hours of our visit, but I got my pictures anyway! We were lucky to find a docent in the blacksmith shop and were able to talk with him. They prepare for the many school tours that come through the small shop during the school year. He explained many of the old tools that are still being used and gave us a demonstration. Aha! My faceless portrait! I captured a great photograph as he was working on heating a piece of iron.
From there, we on a walk through the grounds. It is so peaceful and beautiful. We met a State Ranger who explained a little about her job and the grounds. Several years ago, we did tour the mine and cottage, so we didn't feel too cheated. But, it would have been nice to tour again. However, we did want to square dance!
Back at the campground at the Nevada City Fairgrounds, I did manage to capture another faceless portrait--my shadow. While waiting for the sun to set, I was working with the camera, learning more about it. Mind you, I try to never waste time! I saw my shadow and thought, "That would make an interesting faceless portrait." It did, but I submitted the photo of the blacksmith.
If you RV at all, you'll want to visit the Fairgrounds. They have full hookups in a beautiful wooded area, complete with a small lake. I took my camera with me as I walked the dog around the lake and got some good pictures of the ducks. And, yes, I finally purchased a lens hood and it made a difference. No more lens flares.
Determination and seeking subjects for assignments can lead to fun and great pictures!