My son and I braved the cold to visit Old Car City yesterday. The temperatures started at 24 F and moved up to 41 F over the course of the day. The owner greeted us and said, he could not understand anyone coming up to shoot on such a cold day! We started the day with great winter light, and then had clouds come in to add one more challenge to the self-assignment. Despite these challenges, the two of us had a great day together talking and walking several miles through the 4100 cars on the 600 acre lot. Having my son along was part of his education, and the only way I can show him how I work with others…my day job just does not allow that. It was my first return visit since last March when I toured the grounds with Bill Fortney and the His Light Crew.
This scene shows you the entrance to Old Car City. The owner and his crew made a number of changes to the front part of the City, and it was nice to see the growth of the yard to keep it fresh. I like this photo a lot better than the bicycle shot I captured last year. I think it has a little more charm, and tells a better story of the environment of Old Car City.
For this adventure I went in only with my Fujifilm X-E1, my shoulder bag, and my heavy tripod. I also made the test decision to take everything in jpeg, since I was going to make HDR photos with my captures. The data in an HDR is massive just because of how they get processed, and I think it ended up working for me.
Over the next few days I hope to show you some of the work I did…and yes I already have them ready to order and grace your walls!
P.S. X-E1 with the 18-55 Kit lens…the only shot in the series from the kit lens. I switched over to primes for all but one other series for the rest of the day.