Photography in Paradise

peeking from behind the sensor

This morning Dave King and I drove east in the rain and wind to the Transportation Museum in Campo near the train museum to investigate the possibility with the owners to have a night class for student there. We got the approval for May. No exact date yet. Anyone who wants to join us for this event should contact me right away.  858-242-8960

I spent 90 minutes this morning checking out locations for the night session. I used my Canon 6D and the 24-105mm lens and the TS90mm. Just straight shots and no HDR. Nighttime shots will be more complicated. Infrared was not good due to the cloud cover. I did my first batch of processing the RAW files in Photoshop 6 but I did not like the results so I switched to Capture One 7. When I compared the images side by side the CS7 images were mush cleaner and a lot sharper.

I feel like a kid in visual candy shop wandering through all the rows and rows of old vehicles. I marvel at the workmanship it took to make these vehicles. The aging and weathering has created wonderful coloring and textures for both color and black and white imaging. Although the engines are silent there is a lingering awareness of their power and they hide the stories of those who operated them.

Someone just asked me what I feel about the museum. I had not put this into words and I realize now that I should and not just let the images speak for themselves. This is how I feel about the Transportation Museum in Campo.

It is a great place for many reasons and the vibrations of history impregnate the senses with visions of the struggle and talent it to make these vehicles and the operate them. By todays standards they seem for lack of a better word “funky” or “primitive” yet there is a sense of the art and care in the design and fabrication. Most of the vehicles are working machines meant to carry heavy loads and supplies or groups of men or plow fields or generate power.

Now they lie still with their stories frozen in time and covered with aging texture waiting for those curious individuals to come and witness the icons of the industrial revolution that changed mankind propelling society into the chaos of today. The Transportation Museum is not like most repositories of art and culture. It displays the struggle of mankind to move forward. It is a place of engineering marvels and machined and fabricated art forms beyond the utility of working machines. The museum does it’s best to collect and restore these marvels from our past though many rest out in the cold and heat of the outside environment waiting their turn to once again rumble from within and roll along a road with it’s shiny new coat reminding us of our past efforts.

Here are a few from todays adventure process with Capture one 7 Raw.

Broken truck window

Broken truck window

Detroit car bumper

Detroit car bumper

School bus

School bus

inside bus

inside bus

the storage ground

the storage ground

Model T door

Model T door

Crown Capre

Crown Capre

Dodge mascot

Dodge mascot

DIVCO grill

DIVCO grill

door lock

door lock

shadow

shadow

Ford logo

Ford logo

Small side lamp

Small side lamp

coupe grill

coupe grill

Ford plack

Ford plack

truck door

truck door

Fuel tank

Fuel tank

head lamp

head lamp

Head lamp

Head lamp

Bus isle

Bus isle

Tractor logo

Tractor logo

Photoshop fun

Photoshop fun

truck interior

truck interior

Tractor grill

Tractor grill

pain dribbles

pain dribbles

Rusty tower

Rusty tower

Tire and tarp

Tire and tarp

Sport cars

Sport cars

Well worn tire

Well worn tire

Fuel tank

Fuel tank

super rust

super rust

Wooden wheel

Wooden wheel

Truck cab

Truck cab

Wench and tower

Wench and tower

Transportation Museum in Campo California.

Truck and tower

Truck and tower

Tuck cabs

Tuck cabs

Lathe

Lathe

windshield

windshield

X on truck

X on truck

Work shop bench

Work shop bench