Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ACD Parade and Car Show 2009

Labor Day weekend has been, for the last 6-7 years, the annual trip up to Auburn, Indiana for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg car show and parade. Its father and son time; our day to take a road trip and spend some quality time together.

The pictures have always been an integral part of the day, and, after all this time, i admit i am struggling to make them look different from year to year. To aid this effort, i have used a different lens each year. Different lenses yield different results and a new perspective or limited capabilities.

This year's pick: the Nikon 85mm PC

This is the older version of the new PC-E (E for electronic control) lenses from Nikon. I took the 24mm PC-E on my recent trip to Maine. The electronic control of the new lenses allows you to control the aperture setting through the camera as opposed to dialing it in on the aperture ring. This is especially important because these lenses are manual focus only and stopping the aperture down on the lens mechanically closes the aperture which makes seeing very difficult.

Without further ado, here are some pictures. Hope you enjoy.

This next picture is a slightly smaller scale than we are used to seeing. It does, however, function in all capacities. Engine, transmission, everything. I can only assume this gentleman is also in the process of training a gerbil to drive the car. =]

The only non-pre 1940's car worthy of a picture. I walked by and it screamed to be photographed. I don't remember the exact value on the price tag in the window, but let's just say it seems classic GTO's have appreciated since GM killed the product line.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Aston Martin V12 Vantage - Top Gear

6.0L V12 from the DB9
510 BHP
0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds
Top speed 190 mph

This clip is from one of the best produced shows on television and i can state that factually because i watch TV almost zero hours a week. However, i have seen every episode since 2003. Through all the laughs (and there are many), Top Gear has never fallen short of being splendidly constructed. The film work over the last few years has been nothing short of astonishing.

The Vantage clip rounds out the 13th season with a soft whisper yet commands an audience's attention. A beautiful short film that makes the eyes and ears look and listen for every detail.

I love this clip. Professional work at its finest. It doesnt hurt that the car is beyond gorgeous either. =]

Hope you enjoy as much as i do.

When youre done here head over the Vantage image gallery. You will not be disappointed.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Panoramas - 2nd edition

Scenic vista from Route 1. Maine. I crested this hill in a little bit of traffic, so i had to double back. Couldn't let this one get away.

Bracketed the shot with 3 images per vertical @ +/- 2/3EV. The Pano is comprised of 9 vertical shot. Shot with the Nikkor 24mm PC-E on the D700. Had to handhold for the height and quickly pan the shot because traffic was coming by quickly. A bit of luck allowed me to keep the horizon fairly straight and the PC lens in the proper spot for extended depth of field.

Looks really good in high contrast B&W. I havent finished that image yet, so stay tuned!

Click the picture for a bigger view

CA forest fires - time-lapse at sunset

jump to the direct link on youtube for the HD content. Amazing how close the fires are to the city itself.