Better get that fixed

You wouldn’t want to get pulled over for a broken turn signal.  Then again, I don’t think this old GMC truck is going anywhere soon.  I think one of the trademarks of the landscape at Old Car City is how the leaves and pine needles settle on the cars.  Especially at this time of year, the car bodies start to look like little hills covered with nature’s carpet.

I tried to find an angle where the sun would shine through the back of the light but it was coming from the side.  Good lighting for the side of the truck but not what I hoped for with the signal.  Maybe this is something I could try with night-time light painting on another visit.

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/11 – 1/20 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

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Good Morning, Mack

Getting at it early almost always gets you better light.  In this case, the sun was just getting high enough to give some great lighting over the junkyard.  I loved all the patterns in the grill of this old Mack truck.  You can see how substantially this vehicle was built.  A real work-horse but its working days are over now.

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/16 – 1/4 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

AM Radio and 8-track Tape

Some of the most interesting objects at Old Car City are the bits and pieces that are just kind of laying around.  There is a section with shelves full of parts stacked up.  Anything from air filters to transmission parts to old radios like these.  I’m sure these would be golden for anyone doing a restoration.  For me, it’s just a piece of history and an opportunity to make an image that will spark a memory for others.

Now, where did I put those Eight track tapes?

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/18 – 1/5 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Flying Goddess

It appears that the 1930’s and 1940’s were the age of the flying woman.  Many of the hood ornaments of this period featured this style but it was the first time I had seen the DeSoto version.  I love the great Art Deco lines and streamlined features.  What a neat piece!

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/14 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Tail light texture

For me, a trip to Old Car City is always a study in pattern and texture.  It is very easy to look at this place and see nothing but rusting hulks of useless trash.  On closer inspection, there are fascinating worlds of colors and shapes.  What was once the prize posession of a happy car owner is now only a memory but the bones are still here.  The bright colors and shining chrome are now faded and tarnished but new texture and contrast comes in with the peeling of paint and the creeping in of plant life.

I love the mixture of man-made and nature. The nostalgia brought on when you recognize the symbols that used to represent the best and the brightest mixed with the sadness of things fallen idle.  It is both ugly and beautiful at the same time.  Sometimes, the mixture of opposing ideas makes for the most interesting images.

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

Old Car City USA #junkyard #rusty #automotive #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Icing on the Cake

So, I’ve been sharing some shots from my photo journey this past Saturday.  The last stop on the tour was to shoot a wedding at Big Canoe.  For those of you who think wedding photography is fun and romantic, well it can be fun.  On the other hand, it is A LOT of work!

It was a beautiful day to be in the North Georgia mountains.  The temperature was cool and the skies were sunny.  After eight hours and over 1400 shots, the event ran its course.  I have to say, there was very little drama (of which, I am thankful).  It all went smoothly but it sure was a full day.  If you ever want to try doing an event like this, be ready to put in lots of hours and be sure you don’t miss the shots of grandma and the little kids.  There’s nothing unimportant on a wedding day!

Rubio-Wells Wedding
The Chimneys at Big Canoe

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
35mm @ f/4.5 – 1/30 sec – ISO 800

A little past the Peak

My second stop on the whirlwind photo tour this Saturday was Gibbs Gardens.  I was on my way to Big Canoe to shoot a wedding and this was so close, I just had to stop.  These gardens are always magnificent in the fall though, I missed the peak colors by about a week.  I had thought of going out the previous Sunday but the weather was pretty miserable and I put it off.

The colors were still fantastic but, the place was packed!  I could barely get through the visitor’s center to walk in and then had to squeeze through strolling groups to make my way into the heart of the gardens.  It was pure chance that I got this shot without people all over the place.  (There’s actually a family with at stroller in the distance if you look really close.)

I’m glad I took a few minutes to enjoy this before all the leaves are gone.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/9 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200