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Millar_Images March 12, 2019
That is so cool! I'd love to restore that!
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chiphendershot March 12, 2019
Thank you so much!! Yep, very cool truck!
Ruslan_Lavrentyev April 05, 2019
When I see this I recall "Duel" movie. :)
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chiphendershot April 05, 2019
LOL.... I rember that, actor Dennis Weaver played in that.
BLAKSTEEL April 23, 2019
Congrats! Excellent capture!
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chiphendershot April 28, 2019
Thank you so much!!!
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Congratulations on your Challenge Award!
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Thank you so much!!!
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Behind The Lens


Was out for a drive searching for landscapes and architecture to photograph when I passed this sitting out at a garage parking lot. I saw it many times previously, but never had a camera with me to capture this remarkable truck.


It was a late morning in July when I drove passed this truck. I turned around immediately to study the best POV and shoot some photos of the truck.


Morning overcast lighting worked very well for this image.


I used my Sony A7R with a vintage Kinoptik 40mm C mount lens. The Kinoptik 40mm was designed for use on 16mm cine cameras, but these lenses are amazing when mounted on mirrorless digital cameras.


I love old vehicles and antiques. I'm especially drawn to these items when they are well worn and show lots of patina. I believe the character of these objects allows the viewer to embrace a broader imagination as they study the texture and unusual wear of the subject matter.


This image did require removing distracting weeds and bushing that were on the otherside of the road and could be seen underneath the truck. I use several editing tools in post-processing. I import my RAW files to Lightroom and make a few adjustments. After that I am in Topaz Studio where I spend the most time post-processing. I end up with some finishing touches in Photoshop. Most of my life I spent in the darkroom printing for professional photographers. Often you would here professional photographers say a lab can make or break the photographer. In this digital age that has not changed much, but many images are post-processed by the photographer. I see so many nice images photographers have posted only to end up being a ho-hum, spiritless image do to poor post-processing. When I worked with negatives in the wet lab I would have a final print sitting in my work area at the end of the day that I felt was a winner. The next day I would come in and say "What was I thinking"! It is the same with digital post-processing, sometimes walking away and leaving for another day can be your best decision.

In my camera bag

I use a Nikon D850 with a variety of lenses new, old and other brands with adapters to fit Nikon and Sony E-mount. I recently had my Nikon D700 converted to infrared. I enjoy using vintage c mount lenses designed for 16mm cine camera on my Sony A7R. The lenses I use with my Sony are Kinoptik 9mm, 32mm, 40mm and 75mm. I also use Wollensak, Schneider and Angenuiex lenses.


Lately I have found it to be helpful to write down possible photo opts I may pass by. I may not have a camera on me at the time or the lighting is wrong, but I can see the image in my head. After that I easily forget about it or even forget where the photo opt was located. Writing it down or noting it in your phone keeps it fresh to revisit when the time is right. For this image I wanted a strong impact do to the intimidating nature of the truck, so I studied and photographed several angles.

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