Then the fun part, finding the snow-covered wasteland that would serve as the backdrop for my nuclear winter wonderland. I found two good locations at a lake near my house. The first spot is where a street used to be that has since found itself in a man-made lake. It's been sitting there since the 70s like this, and with a few old tires sitting in the ice, I thought it'd make a good candidate for some shots. The idea is that whatever turned life upside down had some land-altering effects that put this once busy street at the bottom of a lake.
The light snow on everything kind of covered up the obvious fact that it used to be a paved road, so I tried to choose spots that still make it apparent that this road hasn't been used in awhile.
It made for a neat setting and I was happy with how the pictures turned out here. The angle of the sun kind of limited where I could take the shots from, but did what I could with the light that I had.
It was a fun evening taking shots out there, despite the cold. The whole endeavor got me thinking about having the community that this blog seems to have accumulated active! I've decided to hold a bit of a contest. I want to see what YOU think Life after Humans would look like through pictures. They don't have to be just like mine. Whatever you think the world is gonna be like after December 21st, 2012 (I think that's what they think doomsday is), I wanna see it! Indoors, outdoors, by yourself, with friends, perhaps the Apocalypse forces you to fight off some kind of mutated beasts or zombies! Maybe you need to defend a box of Twinkies from your fellow starving survivors! My point is that I just want to see what your idea of Post-Apocalyptic life would be like in photos.
Now for the nitty gritty details! This contest will be held starting now and ending on March 1st at 11:59pm CST. All you have to do is submit your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit a maximum of 3 pictures for your entry. The picture(s) must include you and some kind of means of survival. These survival tools must be of the toy-type nature (ie Nerf Guns, Laser Tag blasters, Foam Swords). Paintball, Airsoft, or any real weaponry will not be eligible to win. You can add a story/explanation if you want, but it's not necessary. However, if writing such a thing helps you get across what your mindset was when you took these, it might be easier to convince me about your pictures. The rest is up to you!
Now then, since I'm already giving away prizes each week for the Weekly Giveaway, I'm thinking that this contest can just be a neat means of showing off what you can do. Kinda like the "Draw Drac" contest, the winning work will get featured on the blog. I might even put together a slideshow of the entries (though don't expect it to be a 7 minute-long movie!) I'll probably show a few entries between now and the deadline too to act as further inspiration for those who are still picking their brains about what they should do. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Help spread the word about this competition too. The more entries, the better! Good luck, everyone!