Yesterday afternoon we had a typical short thunderstorm here in Williamsburg. The temperature dropped by about 15 degrees and the light was nice so I headed to Colonial Williamsburg with my macro lens to make some images. Here’s what I found… (more…)
I am now two weeks removed from my trip to Old Car City USA in White, GA. I am honestly not sure what to say about it besides it was simply refreshing. It was several days that all I had to do was make photographs with great friends. I had no client but myself. I am currently an Interiors and Architecture photographer so a good portion of my work is client driven. An artist needs these types of personal projects to keep fresh and energized for the work they do for clients.
A hobby I have recently taken to is making pens from reclaimed materials. I have wanted to learn to make pens on a lathe for several years but never had the desire to make them from the generic blanks that can be purchased from specialty stores. I wanted there to be a story behind the raw material used. I believe there is value in creating a beautifully crafted pen but the story of the material adds another layer of value.
While I was walking through Old Car City, the idea of making pens was fresh in my mind. I found myself thinking about other uses for parts on the cars I photographed. This might seem a little distracting but I found that I was able to think about some of my ideas with clarity I haven’t had for a while.
I still have many more images to process; here are a couple that I have completed:
Ever since I visited Old Car City in White, GA, I have this strange attraction to photographing old, rusty cars. I have been searching for a similar locale closer to home. Old Car City is truly a unique location but I did find a trucking company nearby that has a collection of about 250 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s era trucks on their property. I just had to check it out!
I called the owner ahead of time to make sure it would be fine to spend a couple of hours exploring his property making photographs. When I arrived I spoke with him and he directed me to start in the field farthest away from the shop. I thanked him for his advice and made my way to the field. When I arrived I thought I hit the jackpot; there were about 75 old, rusty trucks lined up in a row that were soooo photogenic! This is where things got interesting…. (more…)
I took this shot the other night with my new (to me) 120mm f/4 Mamiya macro lens and my Nikon D800. I have been experimenting lately with using Mamiya lenses on my D800 and love the results. These lenses are wonderfully sharp, very affordable and the manual focus is a joy to use. Most of my work is from a tripod so I don’t miss having auto-focus.
More to come…