Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wheels on the Mississippi

Our park was covered with automobiles this past Sunday for Wheels on the Mississippi in Carleton Place. It was quite a large event with a few hundred vehicle owners showing off their babies.

I learned that I don't know how to photograph cars, at least not in crowded, bright conditions. Particularly when stooping down and shooting through the LCD screen rather than the Eye Level Finder, my focus too frequently missed the mark. I need practice ... and maybe a camera with a tilt screen for easier low level viewing.

With a bit of fiddling and faddling in post, I came up with a few keepers, but nothing was extra special.

I think this was my favourite vehicle: a 1925 Dodge tow truck. The sign actually said Dodge Brothers Tow Truck. I was told that, unlike most entries, it is in original shape, at least as far as the body is concerned (note the wooden bumper). I also like the mono conversion, so I shall show both versions.

I was hoping for more trucks than cars, but that is not what I got. I did get a few trucks, however.

1966 Chevy C-10 Pickup

1947 Willy's Overland

1929 Ford

A few cars.

I passed this 1955 Chevy going and coming, so I put the two shots together and did a vintage style of processing.

Picnic anyone?

This 1948 Chev Fleetline was pretty special.

Finally, a Chrysler Six, which is an Al Capone type of vehicle: hence the fake machine gun. I also went with a vintage look in this collage.

Notice the rumble seat (bottom right). I have a vague memory of riding in one of these at a cottage in the early fifties when I was around five years old.


Tabor said...

I can shoot cars but have no interest. Your work is still much better than anything I can do.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Agreed that it can be difficult to take photos of cars at these events. That said, I did enjoy your treatments of these classic autos, John. especially the Chevy's coming and going and the vintage B&W look for the Dodge truck.

Mage said...

What a wonderful way to use grass. That Fleetline cought my eye, and I wondered why he painted both the bumper and the grill. Hey, you look dashing with that sub machine gun.

Marie Smith said...

I love the vintage look. Great photos.

Jenn Jilks said...

I thnk I was at one of their gigs, maybe Merrickville? They are quite the vehicles!