|The Thrill Starts|
Picture it....a week ago. The weather was supposed to be cloudy with a few showers in the morning, and then moving into partly cloudy conditions later in the afternoon. We had been getting several days of rain, and the last of it was on Friday night. My plan was to head out to Hanging Rock in the morning to shoot Tory's Falls which looks really good after a lot of rain. I figured that the lighting would be pretty decent in the morning for some waterfall photography.
For those of you that are observant, you will notice that the opening picture doesn't look much like a waterfall. In fact there is no water to be seen here. Yes, you are correct, this is not a waterfall. You see, what had happened was...As I was driving down the road I was looking up at the sky noticing that the clouds were breaking rather quickly. This was frustrating since I had been sitting at home for a couple of hours watching the clouds to see what they were going to do. It kept looking like they were going to break open, but never did. I had decided to count on them sticking around for a while. It took about 10 minutes of driving to clear the sky. Yes, my driving has magical powers when it comes to the weather.
|Step Into History|
I did...I did....I did see a puddy tat...I mean an Edsel sitting there on the side lot. I got turned around and came back to the shop. Not only had I seen one Edsel, but I had also seen another one, as well as a bevvy of other possibilities to shoot. East Bend was going to have to wait. I already had a shot in mind of the Edsel Grill, and I was pretty sure I could make it work. I pulled into the lot, over to the side so that I wasn't in the way of any potential shots.
I pulled out the camera and put my 24-70mm lens on, as well as my Singh-Ray Color Combo Polarizer. I went over to the first Edsel and started to work out a composition. It took a little bit of doing as I was going for a symmetrical shot focusing on the center grill. There is just something fascinating about the design of the Edsel's front ends, and this was my best chance to capture what drew my eyes in.
From my low position, I utilized some of the transforming functions of the Manfrotto tripod to get the camera inches from the ground. I laid across the parking lot to get the composition just right (opening image) before releasing the shutter. The down low angle, coupled with the Raleigh tag on the bumper really set this image off. The histogram was showing the same tonal range as the first composition that I talked about. While it didn't look that great in the LCD, I was feeling decent that I could bring out the detail when I got home.
|Arches and Angles|
OK, I was really having too much fun now. I was really looking forward to seeing what I had captured when I got home. I was really hopeful for about 3-4 images at this point. I'll save you the trouble of counting back through this entry. I have nine images thus far, to be fare, eight of them had been shot at this point. Yes, I hear you proving your superior math skills by telling me that is twice the number that I was hoping for at this point. What can I say, I was on a roll with these two cars. I was in the zone, so why should I quit while I'm ahead? I shouldn't, you are completely correct. I gathered up my equipment and started to look at the other cars....well, except the Mustang II.
|Perforated Body Line|
|Found on Roadside Dead|
Long story short, Over the next two hours I was able to boot up about three times, but every time it would lock up fatally, and I was able to get less into the computer with each boot session. Eventually, I was unable to get the screen to turn on, and the computer would freeze giving me an error code on the power button. I started to google what was going on with my phone. My fixes involved changing out the button batter, reseating the RAM, and even swapping the memory to the alternate ports. I completely drained the power source several times, but to no avail. It was totally bricked. I had not saved the images as I was not totally finished with the editing process, so I had nothing to show for the 2.5-3 hours I had been working on images. I was in a panic, and knew that my editing was done for the day.
Fortunately, I was able to get the CPU to the shop and they were able to work some magic and get it to boot, and they were able to fix the problems. fortunately, there were no hardware issues, and I was able to keep all of my progress on the new pictures. When I picked the CPU up and got it home, I was able to pick up where I left off. I was so thankful!
So let's get back to the morning with the images that I have just now finished processing.
|Some Assembly Required|
I pulled into the driveway and immediately heard music. It sounded like I might actually luck out and find somebody outside which is when I have the best luck in asking for time to shoot some pictures. Sure enough, the owner was outside working on a car. He was very nice, and was happy to let me photograph his car. He even told me the story behind it. The story is titled "It is not for sale, I don't care how much money you have!" It is actually a feel good story though. The car was his Dad's, and it turned into the current owner's first car in high school. It was a 1940 Oldsmobile which is apparently quite rare. His father recently passed away and the current owner has full intention on completing a ground up restoration on the car starting sometime this summer. After hearing how much money he passed up on this car recently, I can say with relative conviction that he means what he says. I do wish him luck with the project as the car is in really good shape despite the rough look .
|Eye on You|
I spent another half hour or so at this house as he had a 1970 GTO in the side yard that I really wanted to shoot, but just couldn't find a successful composition that kept it clear of the clutter in the background. It was a great car, and one that I wish I had a satisfactory picture of. It was just in the wrong spot to really work for me. I wrapped up and headed home from here. I was so excited to see what I had from the day, and then all of a sudden, somebody pressed pause on my entire adventure. I'm finally at peace now, knowing that I have a total of 17 images that made the cut out of 77 frames shot. That is better than 20% which is rather cool, and I am happy.
As I let out a huge sigh of relief knowing that the computer is working again, and that I didn't lose any of my previous work. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh