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Ghost of Chevy's Past



An old 58 Chevy comes to life at a junkyard outside of Jackson, Mississippi.

An old 58 Chevy comes to life at a junkyard outside of Jackson, Mississippi.
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BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson May 01, 2017
Really cool shot
sharilee
 
sharilee November 13, 2017
LOVE THIS PHOTO!!
horizonpicmy
 
horizonpicmy November 14, 2017
nice shot
Mistahebza
 
Mistahebza November 16, 2017
greatt shot
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett November 17, 2017
Congrats - great shot
jamesnelms PRO
 
jamesnelms February 16, 2018
Thank you everyone!
rbranstrom
 
rbranstrom April 26, 2018
Lovely! We're lacking in submissions for the "Vehicles and Landscapes" photo challenge -- but this is a gem!

viewbug.com/vehicles-and-landscapes-photo-challenge-by-rbranstrom
DrB76
 
DrB76 May 08, 2018
Absolutely superb. Love the colours.
tylerscottmorris
 
tylerscottmorris May 11, 2018
This is phenomenal. Like chilling.
shellwarne
 
shellwarne May 17, 2018
Really like this
mottvillemama
 
mottvillemama May 28, 2018
I really love this phto! the best by far...
Gondyc
 
Gondyc June 01, 2018
Nice photo
speterson6
 
speterson6 June 10, 2018
Fascinating scene. Great use of light painting.
JamesBronnertWalker
 
JamesBronnertWalker July 25, 2018
Oh my what a capture!
1stwavemedia
 
1stwavemedia October 27, 2018
Awesome shot
1stwavemedia
 
1stwavemedia October 27, 2018
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paulatchinson PRO+
 
paulatchinson November 28, 2019
Hi - this image would be a great entry for a challenge I have just created. Could you be persuaded to give it a go. Its ‘TRAVELLING AT NIGHT’.
The URL is viewbug.com/challenge/travelling-at-night-photo-challenge-by-paulatchinson.
To enter Go to my Viewbug Page - click on my avatar image - click on the link to CHALLENGES, then CREATED and choose 'TRAVELLING AT NIGHT'.
I hope you enter and best of luck.
Paul
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TheraX June 19, 2020
Marvelous
pikkl_rikk Platinum
 
pikkl_rikk September 08, 2021
excellent capture!! I'm sad about the poor cars rusting out though!!
davidshebesh
 
davidshebesh October 08, 2022
Love the lighting. Wow!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was in an auto salvage yard near Jackson, Mississippi.
Time
Photo was taken around midnight on a cold January night in 2017.
Lighting
This is a light painting composite of several exposures. A streetlight located a two hundred feet away provided much of the ambient light. The rest was created with a hand held flash which I used to light the sides, wheel well, front grill and interior. A small flashlight was used to light the headlights.
Equipment
I was using a Nikon D90 which despite being an older style 11 megapixel camera, was still was capable of doing excellent night shots. The tripod was a old Bogen with steel tube legs mated with a modern Manfrotto 3-axis head. The Bogen tripods are very heavy but provide excellent stability on long night shots. The flash was a cheap Sunpak flash which I still use for many shots. (Cheap is important, because you don't want to drop or lose an expensive flash in the dark)
Inspiration
I had seen this junkyard from the interstate two years earlier and had taken some daytime photos then. The owner had many classic rusty 1950's cars on display on the side of the service road. In January of 2017, I was returning to Texas from a friends wedding in Florida. I timed my return so that I would be passing by the salvage yard late in the evening. I took six light painting shots that evening.
Editing
This is a light painting composite so Photoshop is an absolute necessity. Several exposures were made, each lighting certain aspects of the car. In Photoshop, I layer each exposure on top of the other, setting each layer to 'Lighten'. Unwanted elements such as the camera flash or myself, are merely masked out.
In my camera bag
Besides a good 35mm camera with full manual capability, the tripod is the most important thing. I use a thirty year old, steel tube Bogen tripod that I bought on Craigslist for $60. I stripped it, cleaned it and added new feet and replaced the old steel ball with a modern Manfrotto 3-axis head. The end result is a heavy but rock steady tripod that does not move after dozens of exposures. My lights are a collection of cheap LED work lights, an LED wand that I bought from Harbor Freight for $30 and a cheap Sunpak camera flash.
Feedback
Know your shot in advance. That means setting up in daylight whenever possible to safely walk the site looking for obstructions that could injure you in the dark. For this shot it was already dark when I arrived, however there was a bright streetlight nearby that provided a lot of light, plus I was already familiar with the site, having shot there before two years earlier.

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