Ford Truck Smile Wednesday, Oct 17 2012 

I wrote the other day about my Mamiya 645 camera and the fisheye lens I had for it. This is one of the photos I made with it.

Ford Truck Smile

Ford Truck Smile

A local photographer I know suggested that we look for abandoned vehicle lots somewhere south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The field where we found the Desoto Powerflite was one of such locations, and this was another. It looked as if it was someone’s back yard, and it had a lot of old rusted out trucks and cars that still had some really distinctive design features.

I made a few shots with my normal lenses, but then I wanted to play around with the fisheye. The photo is made from about a foot away from the grille of the truck, and the way the lens curves the lines, it makes it seem like the truck is smiling, like a cartoon character.

In the end, I decided that the fisheye lens is a nice toy, but that my preferences lay on the other end of the focal length scale, in the normal to telephoto range. So I sold the lens for a nice profit and eventually used the money to upgrade to the Mamiya 7 I have now. I have no regrets, but I do have a few fun shots.

Water Tower, Justin, TX Monday, Sep 10 2012 

Water Tower

Water Tower

A few years back, I drove past this old rusted-out water tower a few times and pre-visualized an image I wanted – I thought the setting sun would light up the rusty tones and that color would look great against the deep blue sky that I would get with Fuji Velvia film.

I even took a shot at it, but it was completely different from what I imagined. It was in the morning, I used Kodak T-Max 100 film and my lens was way too wide. But I still like the way it turned out, and it definitely had potential.

More than a year after that black-and-white shot, I came back, with my Canon 7D digital camera with me. The sunset was great, the sky clear, and I got the composition I wanted with my 85mm f/1.8 USM lens. The sky definitely would have a deeper hue on Velvia, but I love the way the tower turned out. I never felt happy enough with the shot before to post it online. So here it is – with no post-processing, other than slight rotation to straighten it out, and the usual amount of sharpening.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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