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Archive for August, 2013

Purple

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Seen at the Blacktop Nationals car show in Wichita last weekend.  I believe this a Chevy, circa 1936.   It was beautiful.  I’m guessing this color was not among those offered by Chevrolet in the 1930’s !

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AMC Pacer!

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I just returned from two hours of exhausting walking around at the Blacktop Nationals car show in Wichita, Ks.   I haven’t had time yet to do any real post processing work on the material, except for these two….this is for you Ken Bello!   Knowing  you are obsessed with the classic AMC Pacer, one of the great misunderstood genius car designs of modern times, when I saw this, I immediately knew I had to share.

 

 

Oh yeah, this is what the Pacer on the top was sitting on…..

 

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Ladybug On The Vine

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Ladybug (Known as “Ladybirds” in Britain, according to wikipedia – you crazy Brits!)  are actually a beetle of the Coccinellidae family for all you bug science nerds.   I only know this because I just looked it up on the internet just now – thank you Al Gore.    Anyhow, my wife has a very personal connection going on with this particular vine growing on a fence here, and also has a very personal connection lately with ladybugs.   It would make sense if I explained but that’s for her to reveal, not my place.  Suffice it to say, when ladybugs appeared all over THE vine on Saturday morning it was a big deal.  I was instructed to “get a photo”.  

I’m not an insect photographer, or even a macro photographer, but I did the best I could.   I discovered two things….lady bugs are small…..and working with incredibly shallow depth of fields is a challenge.  I was going handheld, next time I should use a tripod.   I came away with a couple hundred frames, of which about ten or so were keepers.   We liked this one because it shows a ladybug and the vine in context together.   I salute all you insect specialists, it isn’t the easiest photography is it?   Ladybugs are probably about the easiest to shoot, they don’t move around very much, for which I am thankful.  I used my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 zoom with my Canon magnifier lens thing threaded onto the front for this exercise.

 


Jet Power

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This is an image I unearthed while re-processing my air show photos from 2011.  ( I have all the originals but lost my Lightroom edits in my tragic double hard drive disaster.)  My main website is run by Smugmug, and they have just unveiled a massive redesign of the whole operation.  Photographers are going to have to re-design their websites, there is much grumbling on the Smugmug forums about it, however many people are pleased with the new customization and appearance features.  I’ve redesigned my site at http://www.cfordphotography.com     The website redesign has given me a little shot in the arm of photography enthusiasm, which is a good thing.