Old Things

The last time we were up in northern Idaho, we ran across a few old cars that were being shown off by their proud owners.  This one was particularly nice and caught my eye.  I love all the awesome detail the designer put into this car.  They just don’t make them like this anymore.

This is one of the few pictures where I’m actually in the shot.  If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the bumper.

When you are shooting an object such as a car, in addition to getting a shot of the whole thing, try to pick out a favorite piece of the detail and set up your shot to capture that piece of the object.  There will be a dozen great photos when you are all done shooting, all from a single object.

Click to buy on iStockphoto.comOne place that I love to photograph is at old cemeteries.  As you walk amongst the gravestones, you think about what life was like for those people in the days of old and how much easier we have it today.

There is one in particular in Boise that is in the foothills and is not visited very often.  I was walking through it the other day looking for a good composition (I didn’t say decomposition 🙂 ) and found this one that I actually took may years ago with a film camera, but decided to capture it again on digital. 

I like the lead-in that the fence provides, taking your eye into the picture and up to the tree. The deep blue sky this winter day provided is quite nice as well.

The photo to the right was captured at a wooden boat show in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The photo has some great contrasts in both color and texture. Another contrast is the difference between old (boat) and new (line).  It is hard to tell that in this photo because the old boat is very well kept.

Also, notice the angles created by the dock line and the edge of the boat’s deck.  Everything brings your eyes back to the center of the photo.  Even when your eyes wander to the edge they follow one of the lines back in again.

Rusty HornI like to see how the environment changes things. This particular images shows the signs of the salt air on this bicycle horn. Earlier this year we were traveling through Port Townsend, Washington and saw this bicycle that obviously has been around a while.

I took three shots of this bike, changing the lens aperture between each shot. I picked this one due to the blurry background. The others drew attention to the asphalt behind the bicycle. With the hand grip being blurry as well, it helps to keep the attention to the bell of the horn.

Keep on shooting!

Canon 20D, Canon 24-105 f4 L IS at 93mm, 1/30 at f5.6, ISO 100