Look at that gleaming chrome!

It is really an amazing contrast to see chrome with the sun sparkling off of it atop a rusty old car but, here it is.  This old Buick hood ornament has a few spots that time has worn into the chrome but it still holds enough shine for me to be able to capture a sunburst at the top.

The Buick Motor Company was founded by David Dunbar Buick, a Scottish-American inventor who, in spite of being a high school drop out, started a company that later became the world’s largest auto company, General Motors.  Initially, Buick logos were stylized text but in the 1930’s Buick began using this coat of arms based on the Scottish “Buik” family crest.  This has morphed into other logos over time but I like the detail of the coat of arms best.

The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
44mm @ f/8 –  1/640 sec – ISO 640

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The end of Edsel

The Edsel was an over-hyped, over-priced “Car of the Future” that nobody wanted.  Ford launched this division in 1958 and closed it down in 1960.  The very name Edsel has come to be synonymous with failure.  Strangely, the cars seem to be pretty much equal to any other model of the time but Ford made it out to be ground-breaking and the public was disappointed.

Since the brand was so short-lived, I was a little surprised to even see one in this car graveyard in Gainesville, Georgia but, I guess every car comes to rest somewhere.

The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
44mm @ f/8 –  1/640 sec – ISO 640

On the rocks

There has not been any great display of fall color this year but you can still find a few hints of the season if you look closely.  As I was walking around this weekend, I found a beautiful leaf here and there.  I found a spot on a rock with some nice dappled light and voila!  It’s not a forest of autumn color but, you have to take what you can get.  Anyway, hope you enjoy it.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/13 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400

Chief Pontiac

Art-deco hood ornament from a time gone by

On our visit to Simpson Farm in Gainesville this weekend, we saw lots of interesting car details.  The old hood ornaments were some of the most impressive elements.  Everyone noticed the Pontiac Indian head ornaments since they were the most unusual.

The  Pontiac brand was founded by General Motors in 1926 and named after the famous Ottawa chief who also gave his name to the city of Pontiac, Michigan where the car was produced.  Pontiac was discontinued as a brand in 2010 which may have been a good thing for GM since using Indian names for commercial purposes has become taboo these days.

Pontiac has a long history of hood ornaments featuring Chief Pontiac in various styles. The hood ornament above features an amber lucite Indian head and upright wings. This art-deco style appeared on cars in the late 1940’s to early 1950’s

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The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/8 –  1/2500 sec – ISO 640

Still a little green left

Well, the fall colors are not what we photographers would normally wish for.  The brilliant red, yellow and orange leaves that we long for all year long don’t do so well when there’s no rain.  What we are seeing now is mostly brown but there’s still a bit of life out there and some of the leaves are still spring green like this one.  This gives a nice contrast and the patterns of the veins show that macro detail that makes it worthy of a photo.

I guess there’s good stuff to look at even in the middle of a drought.  Just wish we could have some rain to reduce the wildfire risk.  We’ve been covered up with smoke for too long here.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/13 –  1/13 sec – ISO 100

Climb every mountain

I went out looking for some Autumn nature subjects and found this.  The image is actually a macro shot of a dead leaf laying on the ground in the November sun.  This relatively large leaf had fuzzy whitish veins which stood out starkly against the brown leaf.  With the strong contrast of dark and light, it also made me think of sand dunes.  There is just so much amazing detail in nature when you take a close look.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/13 –  1/80 sec – ISO 400

Simpson Farm – Old Rustic Cars

Very similar to Old Car City but a lot closer to Atlanta

Joyce and I went out yesterday, to join the North Georgia Photography Club on an outing to the Simpson Farm in Gainesville.  I had not heard about this place before we saw the club invite on it.  It is similar to Old Car City which seems to be THE place to go for photography with old rusty cars.

Simpson’s Farm is quite a bit closer (about 1 hour from Roswell) and the property is actually a lot more well-kept.  There are not as many really vintage cars here but there sure are a large number!

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A section of cars at the Simpson Farm – maybe half can be seen here

Thanks to Linda Eberline-Fletcher for organizing this event and to all the fine members of the North Georgia Photo Club for letting us join and for making it a fun morning.

The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/13 –  1/25 sec – ISO 100