This weekend, while walking around Jacksonville, OR, I had the pleasure of meeting a very friendly 73 year old woman, named Bonnie. She saw me looking at her garden art, and her restored trailers, so she invited me to take a look inside them.
I could tell right away that she was an interior designer at some point. Everything was perfect, from the color palette, to the placement of things. It created such a welcoming, friendly, and fun, environment. And she was so proud to share it.
One of the cooler things, to me, was this old car that she had turned into a planter.
I was a little embarrassed to be taking photos of her treasures, so I was a bit hurried with all of these shots. I kind of felt like I was invading her privacy, by doing so. She did tell me to come back anytime to take photos and interview her for an article. I will definitely be going back, because she is in the process of turning an old fishing boat into a play-space for her grandkids. I have no doubt its going to look amazing, when its finished.
The whole experience of meeting a stranger and talking for around 45 minutes was new to me. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in California. When I finally did leave, she gave me a hug goodbye and made me feel like I was family. It was really great.
The photo on top is edited with just Snapseed. The one below is Snapseed and Tadaa. I used the tilt shift feature in tadaa and also used their masks to mask some of the tilt shift off of the car. It was my first time using the mask, and it was pretty easy with the edge detection. It’s not perfect, but good enough to get the desired effect for this image.
My first friday night back here involved free drinks and appetizers surrounded by exotic cars and people with too much money. It was a grand opening for a new Club Sportiva location. They rent exotic cars, like this McLaren, to people that would rather pay a fraction of the $240,000 price tag to drive it. They even do drives together along the Big Sur coast. Must be nice!
One thing I didn’t understand was how they could afford the Ferrari, Lamborghini, Viper, Porsche, Shelby, and so on, but the models they hired weren’t very attractive. Honestly, there really wasn’t any reason to have models there. This crowd was there for the cars and booze.
The gallery is up for your viewing pleasure. I was hoping for a larger turnout, but I think we caught you guys at a busy time (I know Shannon and I both procrastinated, or were very busy.) And maybe others were a little intimidated by the number of shots. Those of you that did participate seemed to enjoy it and get something out of it, which makes me feel great.
I’d love to hear any and all feedback about this challenge so the future challenges can be even more successful. Was this one intimidating? Did you not have time to shoot? Did you forget?
Without further ado, here is the gallery.
This is an iPhone shot from my mini challenge shoot today. I hope I’m not the only slacker that waited til the last minute to shoot. I chose my SVT Focus as the subject because I’m selling it and need some photos. 2 birds, 1 stone.
Its time for something that can handle mountain roads. Lowered cars with low profile tires aren’t ideal for some of the places I’ve been in Oregon.
To submit your photos for the challenge, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a fun percolator version.
I walked across Guadalupe yesterday with my phone to get a better feel for the town. Its a different experience than driving through because that takes all of 2 minutes. Half of the stores on the main drag were for rent and of the ones that were still operating, 80% only had Spanish on the signs in the windows.
I stopped at the cemetery to get a few pictures of the cool angels on headstones. Unfortunately, it was totally the wrong time of day. The light was not cooperating at all.
On the way back through town I saw three classic cars that have definitely seen better days. They were parked in front of an office for a car repair business. The angle of the sun and the rail in front of the cars prevented me from getting a great angle. I didn’t want my shadow cast on the car, but I still wanted to try and make the image work from a less flattering perspective.
When I see old, rusty objects, I want to bring out a lot of the grit and detail. It really makes the image pop to me. Normally I’d use ProHDR to start that workflow, but because of the quality of the light and lack of tripod, I chose to use camera+. Then I used the clarity filter, which is great for making your image pop, and I finished up by adding some drama in Snapseed.
I’ll be working on reviews for a couple of HDR apps today, and I think I’ll run this image through them to see how they handle it.