Camouflaged

This old boy is hiding in the woods.  A blanket of pine needles cover the high spots and a mix of muted colors blend in with the natural surroundings.  I’m sure nobody could spot it, right?

It is actually amazing how the colors and textures start to blend together as nature takes over.  The mottled light peeks in between pine branches and throws odd shadows across the remains of our automotive past.  It all makes for a great image with interesting color, texture and contrast.  Always a great place for photography!

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
18mm @ f/16 – 1/3 sec – ISO 200

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

Four-alarm fire

Most of the vehicles at Old Car City are, well … old cars.  There are some trucks here and in a few cases, specialty vehicles like this old fire engine.  Though there is no squad of men keeping this one polished on a regular basis now, it still demands attention.  The lights that once flashed to get traffic out of the way, are now the one remaining spot of brilliant red.  All else has faded and the rust has started to eat at that once sparkling finish.

Somehow, I can still envision the light coming to life and the sirens blaring out their warning.  I see men pulling on their boots and coats and running to jump on as she roars off to rescue a cat up a tree or extingush a blazing fire.  It is amazing how a few little details can conjure up such vivid pictures!

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
78mm @ f/18 – 1/3 sec – ISO 200

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

Oh no, a flat tire!

Chrome and steel, the pride of Detroit.  Yes, this was the age of bigger is better.  Now the old land yacht is sinking into the woods.  It is amazing to look at this old vehicle and see how large everything was.  Look at that grill and bumper.  I think you could probably melt that down and make a Smart Car out of it!

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/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200

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

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

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

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