Michael Braun immigrated from Germany to America arriving in Philadelphia aboard the ship “Glasgow” in 1738. He lived in Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania, for about 20 years before moving to what is now Rowan County in North Carolina. There he found virtual wilderness but worked hard and became a naturalized citizen in 1763, appointed to constable in 1764. In 1766 he built a stately two-story Georgian home with carefully shaped and matched stones on the front. By 1777 he was a justice of the peace in Rowan County. Michael Braun passed away in 1808 but his family continued to occupy the home until 1904.*
The two-story house is the oldest structure in Rowan County and one of few remaining stone houses in the state from the 18th and early19th centuries. It was a substantial house for the time period but by the 1920’s had fallen into disrepair. The house underwent several restorations after the 1930’s, the most recent in 1966. The site is now owned and operated as part of the Rowan Museum.
I’ve thought several times of photographing this historical landmark but have always put it off till later. It’s easy to do that with places or things that are nearby because it seems they’re always available and so there’s no urgency. Saturday I decided to checked it off my list.
I took two cameras — my trusty Nikon D700, used for the top photo, and an Olympus E-P2 four-thirds camera with a Lensbaby Composer with Tilt Transformer, the bottom photo. My interest in trying a Lensbaby was stirred by Anita at Through My Lens, so I’m hereby naming her responsible.
This is my first experience shooting with a Lensbaby and I have to admit I got beat up pretty bad trying to place the “sweet spot” where and how I wanted it. I can tell it’s going to take a completely different way of thinking and seeing to make this work — but I’m going to experiment with it for a while as a side project and see if I can adapt to it. What I like about this Lensbaby model is by removing the composer focus front you can attach any Nikon mount lens and try our tilt photography — versatile, if it works. I haven’t tried the tilt features yet but am looking forward to future adventures with it. I’ve got a couple of Nikon lens I’m thinking will work well in this regard.