I got up when Toni left the house at 5am, and headed out to Yadkinville, NC, where I was hoping that an old Plymouth was still sitting. I had visited it two or three times in the past with varying degrees of success. I wanted to get out there as first light was hitting so that I could get the warm sun on it, and avoid the bright undiffused sun of daytime. While I was driving, I was looking in my mirror and saw that there were actually clouds in the sky. There was an opening near the horizon as well. It was shaping up to be a great sunrise from what I could see. The problem was, I had nowhere to shoot it from. I had to enjoy what turned into a fantastic sunrise from the mirrors of the truck. Oh well, my intention wasn't to go out and do landscapes today anyway, and I still got to enjoy the sight.
I arrived at Tommy's Garage shortly after sunrise and was happy to see that the car was still there. The problem that I was facing was it was sitting next to a late model Chevrolet, and Oldsmobile. I was going to have to get creative with how I shot this car. I had already planned to shoot isolations of the emblems and chrome. However, the car was in much worse shape than I had remembered which made it difficult to get in to find great details.
|Looking Over My Shoulder|
An added element that was present on the rear of this car was the wheels. These were intricate spoked wheels with plenty of patina to match the condition of the car. The whitewall tires were period correct, and also helped to balance the color tones. This is the first car I can think of that I wanted to use the tire and wheel as a focal point in so many shots. It just played along so nicely with the flow of the design.
|Lenses and Rust|
After about an hour and a half, I had hit all of the areas that I thought that I could. As I was packing up, I decided to try one more composition looking through the windshield. It was helpful that the glass was mostly gone, leaving a nice broken frame to work with.