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

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Rusty Crusty Gold

Saturday was the start of a photo marathon for me.  First on the schedule, the annual field trip with Roswell Photographic Society to Old Car City in White, Georgia.  This is always a great site for amazing shapes and textures that you find in an auto junkyard.

Some of the cars here are really old and others are just beat up junkers.  Regardless of the make or model, each one has something interesting to look at.  It is also a place where nature starts to re-claim the metal hulks that were once kings of the road.  In this case, there is moss growing on the chrome in conjunction with the cracked and peeling paint.  All together, the texture symphony is pretty cool.

Wanna jump in and take a ride?

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
31mm @ f/14 – 1/20 sec – ISO 200

That’s not my leaf

This arrangement is my attempt to copy Mike Moats in combining leaves with interesting tree bark as a background.  Many of the fabulous shots that Mike shows use birch trees which are not plentiful around here.  There are however, many sweet gum trees in the Atlanta area so, that’s what I went with.  Putting this vibrant red maple leaf on the surface of the gum tree made a nice composition.

It may not be a smooth white backdrop with curls of paper-thin bark peeling up but there is plenty of texture and contrast.  It works for me!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 400

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #maple #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

Pipes and Valves

Industrial grunge can be so interesting!  The Lindale Mill is full of bits and pieces of the equipment that originally made the textile equipment run.  Somehow, I had pictured lots of weaving and spinning machines everywhere (there are certainly some of those) but much of what I saw was boilers and furnaces and all the pipes that would contain water or steam.

This image includes a maze of pipes and fittings.  Some of it is rusty and crusty.  Some broken and falling off the walls.  And the surrounding make them even more interesting.  Throughout the mill, walls are painted a light green color of shiny paint (probably lead-based) which peals back to reveal multiple layers and old brick underneath.

Fortunately for those who visit here, the buildings are also full of windows.  I assume that the windows would have provided light for the workers and given a small amount of relief from the buzzing of the machines that surrounded them.  In some of the buildings the windows are painted over but in this one, they were letting in the sunshine.

I guess part of what makes this place appealing is the urban decay and part is the mechanics of the mill.  Many of us were bemoaning the fact that the owner has been progressively “cleaning up”.  This means that some of the stuff that makes the character of the place is disappearing.  There is plenty of legitimate clean up to be done.  Just picking up trash and items that have totally disintegrated would be great.  Hopefully, this won’t become a gentrified curiosity and get all the neat stuff sanitized out of it!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/20 – 0.8 sec – ISO 400

#LindaleMill, #LindaleGA #TextileMill #industrial #machinery #UrbanDecay #texture #detail #pipes #valves #decay #abandoned #WithMyTamron

Rainy Day treasure

The Roswell Photographic Society gets special permission to shoot the three big historic homes in Roswell each year.  This weekend, we went to the Smith Plantation Home which is right next to City Hall.  After spending half the morning inside, I took a walk around the grounds and stopped in the garden when I saw this ornamental cabbage.

It was an overcast day with a little rain on and off but the light wasn’t bad by the time I was wrapping up around 12:30.  With the water drops on its leaves, the high-contrast colors and the wonderful textures, it was obvious that I had to stop and capture this image.  Even on a rainy day, there are beautiful images to be had.

Ornamental Cabbage
Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/10 sec – ISO 200

Well worn

The combination of leather, worn and battered over time and metal, weathered, scraped and pitted makes a nice study on texture.  This lock on a vintage travel trunk was in a sunny corner of one of the bedrooms of Bulloch Hall.  The leather is cracked and scratched from years of wear.  I’m sure to the owners, this would bring back memories of long voyages and adventures.  Anyone can look at this and imagine packing for an extended  trip on an ocean liner.  Off to the glamour of European capitals or exotic lands.

Once again, looking at the details makes you appreciate things more.  In this case, the wear and tear of years gone by can evoke a wistful feeling that makes us long for the past and dream of the future.  I am so glad that someone cared enough to preserve this piece of history so that we can appreciate it now.

Vintage Travel trunk
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/2 sec – ISO 200

Vintage threads

The color and texture of this little caddy of thread spools and pin cushion are an excellent example of simple things making a good macro subject.  I love looking at the small details in things like this.  Things like the way the labels are faded and cracked or the embossed printing on the empty wooden spool make a fascinating study of the world up-close.

Bulloch Hall is full of little reminders of the past but the everyday world of today is also full of little wonders.  Hope I can keep my eyes open to this and find other little beauties to capture in the days to come.

Vintage sewing supplies
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  2 sec – ISO 200