Since I unwittingly erased a good portion of my pictures from Goldfield Ghost Town, it’s time to finish off this series…for now.
Not as bright and shiny as the Corvette from a while back, but this old fire truck had just as much appeal. Unfortunately the “weather monster” (nod to Noel:)) was starting to take over the skies and eliminated all of the warm light and color that was had only a few pictures before, leaving somewhat of a dull cast over the ghost town…and fitting I suppose, but it would have been nice to have for effect. You can still see though how the exposure to the sun has caused some oxidation with the paint on the front end.
Anyway, out of my control and besides the point here…the deeper red color was enough to make up for the difference in light, especially set against the rustic side of the building and wooden fence where it was parked to rest. The license plate was actually broken into two pieces and was hanging on for dear life, I had to put it back together for the shot.
Now for the reasoning behind the title. This particular composition required a bit of a stretch to achieve, based on height anyway. It wasn’t close enough to the ground where I could kneel down, nor was it high enough to stand up comfortably in order to look through the viewfinder. I’ve included a WS picture that my sister took of me looking the fool trying to take this picture that best tells the story. Oh, the positions we put ourselves in sometimes are not the most flattering….but, it got the job done. Please keep the laughter to a minimum! :)
Thanks for taking a look.
Special thanks to Krzysztof (krzychu30) for helping apply some of the final touches. With a very busy schedule for the next 10 – 12 days, I will most likely be slow in responding or writing comments. My apologies in advance.
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dkmurphys (62129) 2013-09-19 4:12
Very artistic capture, a lovely portrait of that red beauty. Well taken, enjoy a good day.
ikeharel (74825) 2013-09-19 4:16
Once it was a shining truck, Jason, yet very well managed with its red stunning color.
Tried to read the license plate, besides the 3337 numbers - but could not.
Fine shot over the hood, maybe it was an old fire-brigade machine...
Keep yourself busy, and return soon,
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-09-19 4:53
hello Jason, another nice from this ghost town. I like how you composed this view. The low POV acted very well to show this monster truck. Great details of it with a eye catching red colour tone. Superb car show... Tfs.
snunney (103361) 2013-09-19 4:59
Great capture of this old fire truck. I like the low angle head-on point of view. Superb saturated colours and great rendering of the textures.
gildasjan (43654) 2013-09-19 5:06
Le point de vue met bien en valeur l'avant de cet ancien véhicule.Très beau contraste créé par le rouge.
m (0) 2013-09-19 5:41
this one's sure far from shagadelic, but it's got quite a personality of its own. I'd call it a fire bug:)
Great capture. Had there been a cosmic sky over it I'd have taken it for macjake's pic:) Still the overall color scheme is very stylish here.
Have a great time
pyffepa (625) 2013-09-19 5:56
A wonderful picture.
I like the very saturated colors, sharpness of the picture and the wide angle increasing the presence of the car.
Good idea the pictures you add in WS.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-09-19 6:12
so sorry to hear you erased some of the shots from this place :-(. A great and original series, I guess you will have to go back then. Love this one so much character and a superb POV that adds to the effect and makes you feel real affection for this glorious old fire truck. Wonderful!
PS love the workshop shots too! Did make me smile, sorry!
Royaldevon (41062) 2013-09-19 6:29
Wouldn't it just be great if we could have the sun to order. However, this shows a good photographer when a decent shot can be achieved despite the weather.
I like this head-on viewpoint. It gives a sense of character to the vehicle, almost a face-to-face! The details are sharp and the colours very nicely saturated. You have, also, created a great sense of depth as the wall and the fence converge.
What is that red disc on the l/h front wing?
Have a great day,
yquem46 (38752) 2013-09-19 8:06
i like this aggressive big red nose, shot with the wide angle from low POV !
Less convinced by the environment though
Best regards, have a nice day
pixelblaster (47) 2013-09-19 10:24
Good photo of old car.
Old Ambassador type car.
Periko (5952) 2013-09-19 19:56
Authentic and not restored old truck. That is what makes it interesting.
I like the color and the soft light.
Being the only available POV is not bad.
macjake (70519) 2013-09-20 0:56
are you sure you didn't steal this one from my own personal gallery and post it here! whats going on?
gotta love the perspectives here.
couple of things that really jump out at me right away.
obviously the RED!
and secondly the way the black bumper has a curvature to it, almost as if its grinning and smiling at me.
the other awesome part of the photo, and i'm not sure how many people notice it....is the BLACK color in the drivers/passengers section of the car directly above the hood.
Was that done in post processing? how did it turn out so black like that? but i love it, the contrast is superb.
this is one of my favorite compos' for cars and trucks, it really works well. awesome views can be had if you're laying down on the ground too. and no, i'm not just saying that to make you look stupid as you're taking your photos! lol
speaking of which...funny WS photo!
it also reminds me a bit of the RED BARON.
all thats missing is Snoopy!
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-09-20 1:01
great to see this beautiful picture here on TE and to see the people like it.I knew you´ll get much appreciation with this one.Who could resist such red "beauty"?Am I right?
Few words about the composition-for me everything about it is perfect!It´s not only the car,it´s also the whole surrounding,which makes the composition so spectacular.I think there couldn´t be more picturesque scenery for this beautiful fire truck as this a little bit ruined house on the left,gravel road or the wooden fence on the right.All these things help you to create so unique atmosphere of the scene.
Beautiful composition my friend!
Btw.also your pictures in WS are great.Especially the last one:)
Wish You all the best
serp2000 (45072) 2013-09-21 4:39
First of all, my congratulations! Happy Birthday to You!!! When I saw this thumbnail I suddenly recall similar firemen's truck here on the Staten Island.
Yesterday Ray shown us the Corvette's Row and I agree with you, but I really like this old touching design.
Once I got a virus for my PC and the folders with the text& photos were deleted... Sad story. Since that case I've been using anti-virus programms.
See you soon!
ktanska (28415) 2013-09-21 6:30
These close angles give cartoon like distortions to car shapes and I really like them. I took a few of them this summer myself and will show such later.
All over reddish tones look good too.
That license plate is special!
tyro (26138) 2013-09-21 9:59
First of all, thank you for your inetersting words on the forum! We certainly seem to have stirred up a bit of interest with just a few simple and innocent comments! :o)
Anyway, to this picture. As soon as I saw this, and after reading your note about the licence plate, I somehow was reminded of another "Idaho" licence plate which I recall having seen here many years ago when I first saw that brilliant Spielberg film of Dennis Weaver being chased by an evil truck! Isn't it queer how the mind works?
But this fire truck is such a friendly looking fellow in comparison, what with its bulgy eyes and smiling radiator grille. You have captured it very well indeed from your low viewpoint and with your use of a wide lens. The light and colours are excellent, your exposure bang-on and the details and sharpness exquisite.
P.S. I love your workshop pictures. The sepia treatment works well here too though I think I prefer the full-colour version. But that picture of you contorting yourself over your tripod is just fabulous!!
danos (100922) 2013-09-22 1:27
nice the view of the old red track that is captured from this close POV.I like the specific presentation with the rustic sides of it to make the image even more effective.
lousat (94786) 2013-09-23 14:44
Hi Jason,very original face to face whit this piece of museum..ehhee...great capture whit a very bright red and fine details everywhere,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Gigidusud (21191) 2013-09-24 13:09
Superbe capture de ce vieux camion de pompiers. L'effet est saisissant! J'aime beaucoup!
Cricri (122649) 2013-09-26 6:38
Superbe la prise en gros plan de ce vieux camion de pompier, excellent détails et rendu des couleurs, belle version en WS 1 avec le photographe :-)
mirosu (16273) 2013-09-26 20:25
I love old cars. I was two times in Havana, a paradise for US oldtimers. I like this photo, not only because you are showing a details of old truck but also because an excellent color balance and very nice details. You have captured it from nice lower angle and arranged it in nice symmetrical way. Well done.
gervaso (15835) 2013-10-01 11:19
Beautiful old car, positioned interestingly beside the old wall, as if the picture was taken a long time ago... Very nice low POV to show it! Excellent colors! Wonderful composition!
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2013-10-02 13:26
I loe this truck and your shot of it, but I must apologise, the wealth monster must have went on vacation to Arizona, as it's the only reason we have got such good weather. He is definitely home now though, looking out the window, I'm thinking of building an ark.
The thing I always love about these old trucks and cars is the sense of personality they have, I can only imagine the things this guy has seen. He looks wise and content (bad habit I have of attaching personalities to inanimate objects!) and your chosen view is perfect. I promise I didn't laugh at the workshop squat picture either, as a fellow shutterbug, I know your pain. Did I ever tell you the time I fell backwards into a fountain in the gardens of remembrance? All in the name of art, hahaha.
I love the selective color work on the workshop too, it looks brilliant, and gives a fantastic sense of the place this car lives. Col shot, nicely done.
Cheers as always.
seb1lopez (187) 2013-12-03 12:06
those great old cars with a soul! u forgot to mention in ur explanation the black (no)window, and the 3 spotlight of the cars, 2 whites, 1 red, great trio... but indeed , the style of this car, the red color of metal in opposition to the natural tones of the wood and the stones: great !
mcmtanyel (25654) 2014-11-06 20:47
This is a lovely shot of this old truck. Your color management has undone the effect of the weather monster, congrats!
kordinator (21295) 2014-12-05 13:32
Good photo of old car.
Very artistic capture.
I like the low angle head-on point of view.