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

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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

Vintage Detroit Muscle

There was a time when the Detroit auto makers were pumping out muscle cars with huge engines to rocket them down American highways.  Here are a couple of the offerings from Chrysler Corporation.

The Plymouth Road Runner was introduced in 1968, a time when the muscle car craze was slowing down as the big three once again spoiled a good thing by over-doing the make it bigger, add more gizmos, jack up the price concept.  The Road Runner was launched as a return to the big-engine in a small, affordable package idea that defined the original muscle cars.  The basic, mid-sized sedan was powered by a 383 cu in  “Roadrunner” V=8 engine that cranked out 335 horsepower.

Must be a lot of fun to drive, especially with that convertible top down!

15th Annual United Way Car Show – Atlanta
GM Georgia Innovation Center
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
Lee Filters 4 x 6″ Graduated Neutral Density 0.9 Soft Resin Filter
18mm @ f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 100

#UnitedWayCarShowAtlanta #Roswell #Georgia #GMGeorgiaInnovationCenter #CarShow #automotive #automobile #SportsCars #UnitedWay #WithMyTamron #LeeFilters #Chrysler #Plymouth #RoadRunner #MuscleCar #Vintage 

Remembering our Heritage

I have been preparing for the Roswell Photographic Society annual exhibit that is in conjunction with Roswell Heritage Days.  This image is from Barrington Hall, one of the “Big Three” historic homes that were built by the founding families of Roswell.  I was attracted to this spot for a couple of reasons.  The light was interesting – a combination of natural light from a window in the bedroom, and dark areas off to the side.  Also, the antique toy and aged papers on this portable writing desk, made me immediately feel the history associated with these items.

I am so glad that there are places like this where we preserve history.  It would be sad to think that we didn’t care or remember where we have come from and how much we have to be thankful for every day.

Barrington Hall – Roswell, GA
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/38 –  0.8 sec – ISO 400

Vintage-style radio

Although I don’t think this is really an antique radio, it has the look and with this black & white version, I think it looks like a step back in history.  The Archibald Smith Plantation Home in Roswell dates back to the beginning of the town.  Built in 1838 and occupied by the Smith family for almost 150 years, the interior contains a wide variety of pieces from that history.  Some of the furnishings are original pieces that the family and servants used and some were added when the home was converted into a museum.

Every time I go here I see something different.  It is a great place to dig into local history and experience what southern life was like for the founders of Roswell from the beginning, through the Civil War, the Great Depression and into the modern age.

Bedside Lamp and Radio
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 sec – ISO 400

Kitchen entertainment

One of the things I will always remember about my grandmother’s kitchen is the ever-present sound of the clock-radio.  The kitchen was the center of the house and my “Meme” was almost always in that room or moving through it.  The radio was on most of that time and she was usually humming or softly singing along with it.  Music or news would stream out as a constant backdrop to daily life and even if you were not really paying attention, it always seemed to be there.

Today, we seem to have digitalized all of our news and entertainment and that space on the counter is no longer reserved for the clock-radio.  I find that I still try to have that music-track for life going in some way even if the radio isn’t there to be turned on.  I feel kind of lonely if I’m not hearing the news on the TV or music streaming from some device.  And sometimes when I have my digital entertainment playing, I remember the sound of that radio and my grandmother singing and feel very much at home.

Kitchen Clock-Radio
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 –  0.6 sec – ISO 200