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Working the Street Corner

I headed out to grab some new pictures for my upcoming “Iconic Maury” Volume 2 Calender for 2019. I was hoping the clouds would provide some interesting color and light at sunset, but things did not go as I hoped. The evening remained cloudy and drab. I found myself at the corner of North Woodland and East 7th Street. 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

There’s an old Ford truck at this intersection that has captured my attention over the last few weeks. I finally took the time to take a closer look. This truck is setting in the parking lot of Columbia Motor Alley.

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 45mm f1.8

 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

From my brief research, this looks to be a 1951 F1 pickup truck. Please correct me if anyone knows better. I love these pieces of history. It’s like stepping back in time. I gather that Superman was not part of the base model. 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 45mm f1.8

 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

The cloud cover appeared to be getting even thicker. I was losing light quickly as it got closer to sunset. I decided to make one lap around the square to see if anything captured my interest before heading home.  The one thing that did jump out at me was a new sign that somehow I have not noticed until now. Apparently, the unveiling and dedication happened back in 2015. 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

There was a scarecrow contest between the local businesses. I could have made a project out of capturing just scarecrows, but the light was not optimal. However, there was something about the presence and the location of the scarecrows presented by the Maury County Animal Services that drew me in. 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

I wrapped things up after taking a couple more shots. The second photo in this next series was really just a test. I wanted to see the composition. While I do like the shot, I will revisit this frame when I have a nice sunset sky to go with it. Viewing the courthouse from that prospective is looking to the Northwest, so I may be able to capture a colorful sky as a backdrop if my timing is right. 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 45mm f1.8

 

Olympus OMD EM1MarkII / 17mm f1.8

I initially processed and exported these images in color. They turned out ok, but I went back and processed them in black and white and liked what I saw. It seems the black and white treatment emphasized the shades of gray rendered by the overcast sky. The black and white treatment also gave the Texaco sign and the F1 Ford pickup truck that classic nostalgic look. You will notice that I also played around with different aspect ratios. I don’t use the square ratio much, but I’m finding that it can work for certain compositions. This was a short, but fun little outing. These short shutter therapy sessions are always good, even if the images don’t turn out the way I had envisioned. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Stay tuned for my next outing!

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