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All the Cool Tools

Old Car City is such an over the top place and I’m such a sucker for junk. There’s junker cars  & trucks everywhere – rust, peeling paint, missing body parts, overgrown weeds and poison ivy. Just a great place to play and be creative. The challenge is not joining in the mood of the place and totally rocketing over the top.

So, with all the cool tools at work, we have a fish eye lens shot on the infrared camera. Seemed the thing to do with the wide shed and all that late season weed overgrowth.

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Saturday night Special

We’re back up in the Georgia Mountains which means we are back at Old Car City, this time armed with new gear, the infrared camera and a borrowed fish eye lens. And we have a model, Tune Up Ted. This posed scene has been staged often at OCC, usually with some nice young thing doing her best imitation of Daisy Duke. Our model fits the bill (as well as sorta blends in) much better.

And what does one do to reward a volunteer model and to keep him entertained for three hours while we shoot and shoot? Why put a camera in his hands of course. With only a minimal amount of guidance Ted produced our guest Post Card today. And that was from the first car he worked.

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Soft Sun

As I was working on this image setting it up as a Post Card, a I got a request to have a family member, an art & photography teacher, added to our Post Card list. Complimentary indeed. Perhaps it was a subliminal hint because I looked at this image more analytically and became rather fond of it.
This really is an image for art teachers. It has complementary leading lines with the shore & waves receding off left and shadows expanding/advancing forward down left. I would like to say I carefully crafted the composition for these lines. Nope. I wanted the shadows under tree. That’s it. The filter I had on the camera to knock down light so I could shoot straight into the light obscured the shadow tones anywhere other than looking dead into the sun. I was basically along for the ride. Had to be right where I was and take whatever that gave me. Worked out quite well if I do say so and I just did.
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Horizon Job

If one is not a professional photographer on assignment, all it takes to have a successful shoot is one shot. Just one shot. And that’s what we send out a single shot and then we move on. Sometimes we do indeed get just one acceptable shot. Edisto Beach was kind to us. Gave us keepers. Light evolved gently and the incoming tide waited a bit before it ate up the beach.

So at the risk of boring people we will do a series from our bone yard experience – dead trees and light. Dee has another tree so I will stay with our buddy the cloud machine. It’s that wisp of a linear cloud to the right that drove this image Monday morning. The clouds seem to dissipate into almost blah negative space moving away from our sunrise. And then there was that little guy wanting some attention. The original idea was to merge three shots running the horizon from sunrise out to my cloud. Seems better now to let the sun be the unseen sponsor of all that gentle color.

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Beach Treest

The dawn was lovely but I was having trouble with the color using a new filter on my camera lens.  The images were too blue.  Time to retreat and try something else so on to software and textures.  This felt like the scene I saw even if it wasn’t.

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