Archive for the 'Old and rusty' Category

Chevrolet Belair Hood Ornament

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on September 3rd, 2016 by judy

Chevrolet BelAir Convertible Hood Detail

I was working in New Braunfels on Wednesday when one of my colleagues pointed out a 1950s Chevy Belair convertible parked in front of the gallery. So of course I ran out to take pictures of it… Here’s one of its wonderful hood ornament. What a hood ornament! The finish on the car was pretty much gone and around the hood ornament some nice rust had developed…

Driftwood Store at Night

Posted in Architecture, Hill Country, Old and rusty, Texas on August 18th, 2016 by judy

Driftwood Store at Night

Driftwood, Texas.

Mural in Refugio

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on August 1st, 2016 by judy


More fun from driving back and forth between Wimberley and Rockport. This is a mural on what must have once been a filling station in Rufugio.

This is also an opportunity to mention how to properly pronounce Refugio, Texas. ruh-Fewr-ee-oh. Yep, it has an r sound here… OK, that may not be clear, how I wrote it, so you can listen. You want the second pronunciation — the Texas one of course.

Looking out of Mission Espiritu Santo

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on June 19th, 2016 by judy

Looking out of Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park, Texas.  This photograph was taken with a fisheye lens, corrected to look more or less right, then the dynamic range (brightness and darkness) adjusted. This view shows both the angels (?) above the door with their blue and white striped background, the beautiful doors, as well as the anaqua tree (aka sandpaper tree) outside. This mission was rebuilt (as best they knew how) by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

Rock-a-Bye Motel, Luling, Texas

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on June 14th, 2016 by judy

Rock-a-Bye Motel

It looks like it once occupied the entire busy corner but now a Pizza Hut has taken the corner spot. Or maybe a filling station once took the corner spot. The layout is old style motel of the best sort — you not only park near your motel room, you get a garage!

Rusty Truck from another angle

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on June 4th, 2016 by judy

Yet another Cuero find

The same truck as the last post but with more like the original background, albeit modified.  Cuero, Texas.

Rusty Truck

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on June 1st, 2016 by judy

Rusty Truck

Another old vehicle I found in Cuero, TX.

Rusty Lady

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on May 24th, 2016 by judy

Ford Coupe 1920s

This Rusty Lady is a Ford Model A Coupe found in Cuero, TX on our way back from Rockport. Of course I had to put a little work into fixing it, I mean the picture, up…

The Model A was introduced in 1927, replacing “Tin Lizzie”, the Model T.  The Model A was the first Ford to use a conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift.  The Model T was shifted with pedals and accelerated with levers on the steering wheel.

Soon a song written by Walter O’Keefe became very popular: “Henry Made a Lady Out of Lizzie”.

The last stanza reads:

When she’s coming down the street,
All the boys say “Ain’t she sweet”?
Every man will go for her,
She’s the kind that men prefer,
Why even Thomas Edison,
The wizard that he is,
Could not resist her charms,
And was the first to take out “Liz”
He said “She’s Okay to me,
All she needs is company”

Looking through the window

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on May 4th, 2016 by judy

Mission through a window

Looking through the window at Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX.  More playing with dynamic range…

Before and after

Posted in Old and rusty on March 16th, 2016 by judy


This shows how modern tools can bring out detail in a photograph in post processing on a computer. Neither film nor digital sensors have the dynamic range of our eyes, so a photograph cannot duplicate everything we see straight out of the camera.  Besides that, there is the creative process where photographers try to express our vision of what we photographed.

Ansel Adams used very elaborate dodging and burning in the darkroom to fulfill his vision.  Other film artists used other techniques such as combining multiple images in the darkroom.  In-camera techniques such as unusual lenses and filters were also used for creative purposes in film days.   Today we shoot digital and to a large part bring out our vision in post processing on a computer.  Cleaner, brighter and less dangerous than darkroom work.  Plus we can do more this way.

The top photo is probably a bit more “extreme” than I would print to sell in a gallery, but it’s a matter of taste.