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1941 Ford Pick-Up. August 5, 2011

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So this past Wednesday evening I was on my way to somewhere important with ten minutes to spare (a miracle to those who know my history of tardiness) when I passed a sign for “Cruise Night.”

Well, we’re a long way from any seaports and I didn’t think they meant “Tom,” so naturally my curiosity was piqued.

I followed the signs to a gathering of Vintage Car Enthusiasts being held in the parking lot of our local high school.

Now, I’m not a Motorhead, never was, I don’t even change my own oil.  I make an appointment with my mechanic when the Low Fuel light comes on.

But this assemblage of vintage stock autos, souped-up roadsters and tightly-wound muscle cars, juxtaposed as it was against a pastiche of ordinary people who had invested their limited resources of time and money into their Babies to make them the best they could be, was unexpectedly engaging and visually exciting.  I took a spin through the parking lot looking for images which might convey the evening’s vibe, and came up with this:

It’s a ’41 Ford pick-up, and I bet it honks,  if you know what I mean.

This “Cruise Night” event happens the first Wednesday of every Summer month, and I’d stumbled upon the penultimate gathering of the year with very little time to spend; recall that I was on my way to “somewhere important.”

I’ve marked September 7th on my calendar as the last gathering of the year, and hope to get there early enough to get some worthwhile photos to share.

By the way,  it so happened that I had Elliot on the box, my most favorite-est lens for photographing old cars; the shift function makes stationary objects look like they’re moving at warp speed.  But this was a drive-by, and I forgot to shift, choosing instead a 5 degree leftward swing to achieve sharp focus from the headlight to the people seated way back at the tennis courts.  I think it came out pretty good for a hand-held shot in low light.

Thanks, Elliot – I owe ya one.   😉

Reflections. April 28, 2011

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I’ve been watching for reflections to photograph, either in ponds or in puddles, but it’s been quite windy lately in these parts and the reflections haven’t been very clear.

Tonight, after a day of hard rain / thunderstorms, I got a little lucky with this shot of sunset settling into a puddle on a nearby flooded lawn:

The whole scene materialized rather quickly, and I was too rushed to really get it right.  Still, it was a learning experience, and I’ll be keeping an eye on that spot for return engagements.

Thanks to Elliot for his tilting contributions to that one.