After shooting sunrise at Clingman's Dome and the Roaring Fork Trail, I headed back to the hotel to find that the neighboring hotel was having an antique tractor show. There was no admission and I already had my camera out, so why not stop?
I've seen these shows around before, but never stopped to check one out up close. There were several different kinds of tractors there. First I came across regular old John Deere lawn tractors, but not your ordinary grass cutter. These had racing tires, chrome rims and young men out there making engine modifications to them on the spot.
Then there was fancy, sparkly, shiny, completely restored tractors. Some of those were showroom quality and some the owners had put their own spin into when restoring them. Some were made to resemble hot rod cars and some looked like old rat rods. Then there was my favorite...the well worn, workhorse, rusty tractors.
I walked around the show capturing images with my Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm lens. All of the shots were hand held and later processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Farmall tractors were there in full force. They probably outnumbered the other manufacturers by 4 to 1. I imagine that has a lot to do with how long they've been around.
This first image is one of the rusty Farmall Tractors that I decided to process in black and white. I like how it turned out in color, but I like the b&w even better. It was very bright out, so I shot at my lowest native ISO setting throughout the show, ISO 200. I also went the entire show shooting on the aperture of F/8. I was able to alter my depth of field without changing the aperture by getting physically closer to some of them. Then I also used the camera's Macro mode a few times that helped create a more shallow depth of field.