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Day 3 365 Project

Driving in the rain.
Driving In The Rain

This is the reason pro photographers don’t do 365 projects. If you’re going to do one and be honest about it, you’re going to have bad days where nothing much happens. I’m not a pro, you’re reading this for free, so I’ll post it anyhow.

This is all that I could come up with because I made a mistake. I went for a walk at a popular shopping area and found a cool scene. It was raining and there was this giant fish sign with a perfect reflection in the water on the street. It was going to be a cool capture for the project. There was no SD card in the camera so for the exception of the exercise, I lost my photo. These things happen.

The value in this is the attempt. For all of the great photos you’ve ever seen, there are thousands by the same photographer that you didn’t. In 365 days, there will be some like this that merely document the day and bore the viewer.

So what type of day led to a photo this boring. Even though I dislike shopping and malls, the weather made it seem a good idea to go to one for a walk out of the weather. I realized why I don’t like them. It’s just the unadulterated materialism.

I like stuff, everyone does. To much of anything is bad though and when I look at today’s major shopping areas, they are just packed with stuff people don’t really need. Retail experts arranged all of this stuff in clever ways to draw people to marked up Chinese crap and watching it work is depressing.

The most humorous store that I seen was an Apple Store. I’ve never wanted anything from Apple, so I never noticed their store. All that it was was a bare store with a bunch of tables. The customers were all standing at the tables poking at devices. I wonder what someone from the past would think peering into this store?

I went to the bookstore like I always do. If there’s anything honorable worth buying at a mall, it would be knowledge. I almost bought this book by Joel Meyerowitz. I just could bring myself to do it though because I know I’ll find it cheaper online. Even the bookstore seems pointless in the modern world.

This failed day was worth it though. I’m on a mission to find more interesting places with people. Places that don’t have have mall cops. Places that don’t have to lure you in with fancy displays because they have stuff you need. I’ll be on the lookout.

A Mustang Mach 1 At A Car Show

Mach 1 Mustang at car show in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Ford Mach 1 Mustang at The 2013 Dixie Days Car Show in Mount Vernon, Ohio

I was looking for photos that make me think about warmer weather and this Ford Mach 1 Mustang did the trick. It was taken at The Dixie Days Car Show in the Fall of 2013 in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Car show photos are something that I have not yet mastered, but I really like the results I get from a 50mm lens on a crop sensor Canon 20D camera. The lens is just enough to keep me from being right on top of the car and the crowd doesn’t realize that I’m shooting.

Strange enough, I find that people tend to gravitate in front of my camera at car shows. I don’t really mind, the cars are there for people to look at and not for me to take photos of, but I don’t concentrate of the photos I’d really like to take at the shows because of that. The hoods are always up which kind of ruins the photo too.

Not long now until decent weather as the temperature was 30 degrees today! We’re getting closer.

My Favorite Cars From The 2013 Light The Night Car Show In Newark, Ohio.

Every year Newark, Ohio has the “Light The Night” car show. The show raises money to decorate the Licking County Courthouse for Christmas. There seemed to be fewer cars this year, but still the majority of downtown was full.

I like the show because of the numerous range of cars. There is flat out junk, unassuming classics, to the usual classic show cars. Here are some photos of my favorites from this year.

1956 Ford Thunderbird
1956 Ford Thunderbird
Rat Rod at Newark, Ohio Light The Night car show.
Rat Rod At Newark, Ohio Light The Night Car Show
Army Deuce And Half Truck
Army Deuce And Half Truck
Triumph motorcycle.
Simple and classic Triumph motorcycle. 
1959 Oldsmobile Electra
1959 Oldsmobile Electra

 

The Plymouth Superbird Was Outrageous For It’s Time

The Plymouth Superbird

I’m pretty sure this is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. If not, the year is pretty close. I found it at lunch today in downtown Newark, Ohio.

1970 Plymouth Superbird
1970 Plymouth Superbird

There’s a good chance that this one could be a fake. Many Plymouth Roadrunners were converted later with kits to make them look just like a Superbird. The strange thing is, many Superbirds were converted to Roadrunners when they were new because the Superbirds were so outrageous looking that they weren’t selling.

I remember an autobody shop called “Kim’s Car Care” had one in Mount Vernon, Ohio when I was growing up. It was his eye catcher for the business and I noticed it every time we passed it. I remember thinking that it looked like a Hot Wheels car more than a production car.

It was good to see one still in operation. It made for an easy Photo Of The Day.