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| p.1 #1 · Dalles Mountain Ranch |
I've been obsessed with the abandoned car shots I've been seeing lately. Maybe you've seen them, too, with flowers bursting all around. This past Saturday I was able to shoot the Dalles Mountain Ranch area. The flowers are going fast, though due to the hot weather!
#1: Zero MPH
After working an unexpected double shift Fri night, I made it a point to show up extra early to the Dalles. Came home at 10:30, bed at 11, and left for the Dalles at 3:30 the next morning. I get there and no sooner than a minutes later another photographer shows up and parks next to me! He was very nice, though, and so we both wandered over the hill to the abandoned car. BTW, there's lots of rusting things there (my kind of place).
Well, the sunrise had a lot to be desired. A low cloud hung onto the horizon so we didn't have much of a sky show like I heard happened on Fri. Anyway, this is what I first saw at about 5:30 that morning. It was a fun and tiring day!
#2: Rusted Farm Equipment
So I'm not sure what this was, but enough was there that I was compelled to check it out. Since I had some more time before the nice side lighting of the rising sun would start (waiting for the sun to rise over those low lying clouds to the east), I tried to get some shots here.
#3: Final Resting Place
Now back to the car. The sun was close to showing itself so I stayed close by to be ready for the shot. As I walked by the car I noticed that it's slow rusty demise had made some rusty holes in the roof. But what I thought was interesting was looking through and seeing a carpet of balsamroot. It was a difficult shot with the 17-40 which could only be done with two focal points and joined together later in Photoshop.
#4: Flowers for the Departed
Now the sun is shining! I ran around the car looking for the beset shot. I must've shot 60 frames trying to get the best vantage point. The bad news is that 80 degree weather really burned a lot of balsamroot. Rowena looked better. But that also means the lupine caught up and flowered quickly, too.
The last one for now. My wife mentioned this morning she noticed I was up late last night. Yeah, for THIS!
Some bad news, though. At Rowena I went to change lenses and while the camera body was on the tripod, a huge gust of wind came along and pushed over the tripod with camera and they both went crashing down onto some soft rocks:/ The camera turned out to be fine (some minor scratches on the body), but the tripod is no longer working. Looks like I'm out until I get a replacement part.