Last day of Summer?

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn but it’s not looking like a rapid change of seasons

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This image was actually taken last month but it sure feels like we’re still in the middle of Summer around here!  I think it’s supposed to be in the 90’s today.  Technically, the first day of Autumn is tomorrow so maybe this is the last day of summer.

I have a funny feeling that the hot weather is not going to disappear by the end of the week.  Oh well, I guess we can just enjoy the flowers and watch the hummingbirds until they decide it is time to move one.  I am looking forward to fall though!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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What a lovely campsite

This Travco motorhome was a pioneer of the RV industry but is ready for retirement now

So, I was looking at gorgeous photos that my friend, Doug Brown posted yesterday from his extended trip to the National Parks out west and I thought, I really want to get back out there!  I think I could probably afford this mobile home but I’m not sure it’s quite up to a long road trip.

This vehicle is a Dodge Travco motorhome.  I think it’s the first time I had seen one like this.  My motorhome iconic image is of a Winnebago but from what I have read, the Travco was actually a pioneer of motorhome design and paved the way for Winnebago.  Dodge actually dominated the market with these from 1965 through the late 1980’s.  It is strange that I didn’t recognize the aerodynamic design at first glance.

Old Car City is full of lots of interesting vehicles and a variety of great subjects to photograph but somehow, I still feel a need to make the trek out to visit more of the national parks.  Thinking about a trip to the Smokies this fall but no firm plans yet.  Time to put my thinking cap on.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/6.3 – 1/60 sec – ISO 1600

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Junkyard flowers

Another example of nature beautifying things.  In this corner of Old Car City, a crumbling Mustang is surrounded by tiny yellow flowers.  The car looks as though it was someone’s hot-rod project that was in the midst of one last bondo and paint session and was finally abandoned.  In any case, the car provided a bright red backdrop to these small decorations that are trying their best to cover the decay.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
38mm at f/6.3 – 1/200 sec – ISO 800

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Unsafe at Any Speed?

I don’t think this Corvair is at any risk of losing control

The infamous Corvair which was villanized by Ralph Nader was actually a ground-breaking design for American car makers.  When the Corvair came out, Detroit was at the peak of its “bigger is better” years.  The Corvair was a sporty, rear-engined, mid-sized car which competed with the imports like Volkswagen, Toyota and Fiat but was totally un-like the other models being offered by American makers.

Ralph Nader published his book “Unsafe at any Speed”in 1965 claiming that the Corvair was prone to losing control in extreme conditions.  Though there were other studies showing that the Corvair was no worse than other cars of its time, the Nader book was the rise of the push for automotive safety and the decline of the Corvair.

As it sits here, I don’t think there is any chance of an accident due to handling problems at high speeds.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
35mm at f/6.3 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 6400

#Corvair #OldCarCity #AutoGraveyard #junkyard#night #ClassicCar #NightPhotography #3DaySummit @Old Car City USA @Roman Kurywczak @Roswell Photographic Society @Discover Atlanta @Explore Georgia

Going back to Nature

Sit still long enough and things just start growing around you

A lot of the vehicles at Old Car City have vegetation growing over, around and through them.  Between the effects of rust and the reach of roots and vines, these classic cars are slowly returning to the earth.  While they are still around, I guess we can still look on the remains and wonder back to the time when these old guys used to rule the road.

I’m thinking this pick-up truck bed would make a neat garden box somewhere.  Only problem is, getting it to move to where you want it.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
35mm at f/6.3 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 6400

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Junkyard sunset

Light painting by Mother Nature

The Roswell Photographic Society trip I went on to Old Car City was for the purpose of learning more about night photography techniques.  It is always good to be open to what’s going on around you even if that is not what you are currently focusing on or you can miss some great stuff.

While our instructor, Roman Kurywczak was talking about light painting, Mother Nature was painting the sky with a beautiful sunset behind us.  I turned around and saw this and got a few images.  I really like the sunset light that is glowing through the rear window of the one car here.  One more example of how everything looks better in the right light.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/7.12 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

#OldCarCity #AutoGraveyard #junkyard #night #sunset #ClassicCar #NightPhotography Old Car City USA Roman Kurywczak Roswell Photographic Society #3DaySummit Discover Atlanta Explore Georgia

Go ahead, jump in

Not too inviting but, you can go if you’re brave enough.

It took a while to get the hang of light painting.  I got more ugly stuff than good but this is one that I thought was neat.  The broken window was something that I noticed right away but initially, I couldn’t get it lit the way I wanted.  As it turned out, I got the light on that by accident.  The light coming from behind the glass is actually another member of our group who was light painting in the background.

I did my job to get the rear-end of the car lit the way I wanted and someone else (without even knowing it) added the touch that I think made this special.  I will take a happy-accident anytime!

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
17mm at f/4.2 – 14 sec – ISO 160

#OldCarCity #AutoGraveyard #junkyard #night#darkness#ClassicCar #NightPhotography Old Car City USA Roman Kurywczak Roswell Photographic Society #3DaySummit Discover Atlanta Explore Georgia