Old Plymouth

Over the Fourth of July holiday I took yet another visit to Old Car city USA.  I've been so many times now, yet I find so much to shoot each time.

Old Car City USA has gotten a lot of press lately.  If you haven't gotten over there, you definitely should...soon.

This is an image I made of an old Plymouth.  As many times as I have visited Old Car City USA, I've never been in the summer.  I thought the ivy growing through and around the grill of this care made for a very interesting shot.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/11 @ 1/15th second

I normally shoot HDR a lot while I'm there, but this day it was very overcast and I could get away with a single exposure and achieve the mood I wanted.  

This was captured with my Sonay A7R, LA-EA3 and Tmaron 24-70mm Lens.  The image was processed in Lightroom and finished in OnOne Perfect Effects 9.5.

Fungi Car

Breaking the Apalachicola Theme, I am going to share an image I made a few weeks back at Old Car City in White, GA.

I've passed this car many, many times in the years I have been visiting Old Car City, but never photographed it until this day.  The weather was very overcast which provided very nice, soft, even light over everything.  Since the light was so nice and even, I was able to capture all of the detail in the scene that I wanted without have to use HDR as a tool.  Sometimes this can be nice because it cuts down on processing time quite a bit.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/11, 1/3 second

ISO 100, 24mm, F/11, 1/3 second

I used my Tamron Lenses 24-70mm Lens on my Sony A7R body via the Metabones Adapter.  You can see with a 1/3 of a second shutter speed I had to have a tripod.  I used my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT for the job.  I then processed the image in Adobe Lightroom and OnOne Perfect Effects 9.

Instrument Panel

While I was walking around Old Car City USA this past Friday, I noticed an instrument panel with all the gauges on it laying on the ground.  I decided it would photograph much better on the bed of an old pick up truck. 

After placing the instrument panel on the bed rail of this pick up I decided I wanted to shoot it at a very shallow depth of field.  I was using my Tamron 24-70 mm F/2.8 Lens on mt Sony A7R via the Metabones lens adapter.  I zoomed in on the gauge cluster a tad, opened my aperture up to F/4.0 and checked my LCD...yup that's shallow enough ;)

ISO 100. 40mm,  F/4.0,  1/20th second

ISO 100. 40mm,  F/4.0,  1/20th second

Above is the final result.  

The moral:  Sometimes as photographers we need to "place" things into our compositions.  Sometimes this is a leaf on a rock in the foreground and other times it's an instrument panel from a Chevy on a pickup truck.  Whatever it is, don't be afraid to "place" objects in the scene to help make the image stronger.  

If you do move something into your frame, it's always good practice to place it back where it was originally once you are done.  

Antique Boats

This past weekend I got the chance to go check out an antique boat show near my home.  The whole morning it was spitting rain and overcast...you know that kind of weather photographers love but everyone else hates ;)

I knew I was going to be walking and moving around a lot so I went with my Sony A7R and Sony 24-70 F/4 Lens combination.  I went with this choice due to its' size and weight.

Here's a few images from the event.  I shot most everything in Aperture Priority Mode at a relatively large aperture, like F/4 or F/5.6 and ISO 100.

There were mostly Chris Craft Ski Boats at the event, but their were a few others.  It was a fun event to attend.

Here's one of the Chris Craft Boats.  All of them had very intricate woodworking.

Here I just tried to get as directly above the driver's seat as I could...just looking for a different angle.

Lastly, another Chris Craft.  This one had more fiberglass work than most others, but still had just enough wood for him to enter the show ;)

Antique tractor show

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.   

This next image I framed up of just the engine compartment.  I liked all the dirt, grime and small details.  I made it a point to include as much of that kind of stuff as I could, as I knew it would work great for the way I wanted to process it.   I processed this with the help of the new Topaz Clarity Plugin for Photoshop.

Finally, I got this shot of an old International Harvester.  It was positioned so that an old, quilt barn was behind it off in the distance.  I knew I wanted to somehow make it a part of the image, so I walked around the tractor looking for a composition that would allow me to include it while keeping the other clutter out of the background.  Here's what I came up with.

If you live in the south, it's not if, but when you run up on one of these types of shows.  I suggest next time you stop and check it out.  They can offer some interesting images if you look for them.