One of my favorite things to do is explore the back country roads here in Virginia in search of what I call Americana. I was clicking through my Lightroom Catalog and happened across this barn and tractor that I shot this past summer. Luckily this scene was close to the road and the farmhouse that owns the property was on the other side of the road. As I pulled over I noticed a gentleman walking from his car to the house. I inquired if this was his property and if I could obtain permission to walk on the property to photograph the barn and tractor. This answer to my first question was yes and the answer to the second question was no.
The property owner indicated a concern that I could get hurt and bring litigation. Since I was already standing on the road I just took a couple shots from the road and thanked him for his time. While I can’t imagine getting hurt doing something so simple, and I’m just not the type of person that would sue if something happened, I think it is always good policy to be respectful and courteous.