Spring Night in an Auto Junkyard

If you’re looking for authentic old parts to help you restore your pre-1970 American dream car, and if you don’t mind dealing with a lot of rust and spiders, there’s no better place to start your search than Big M Auto Salvage, in Williams, California. Even if you’re not a car guy, but like taking pictures of old stuff lapsing into states of heightened entropy, this place has a lot to choose from. Now, if you want to do this picture-taking under a nearly-full moon, with a pocket full of flashlights and colored gels, take a “Night Photography and Light Painting” workshop there.

That’s what I did last night, for a long-overdue introduction to the esoteric world of night photography from a couple of experts, Mike Hows and Aaron Siladi. Here are a few of my initial results.  Exposures were mostly around 90 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 200.  More to follow.

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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3 Responses to Spring Night in an Auto Junkyard

  1. Rick says:

    Great job, Tim. I like your ‘light’ touch with the colors. It would be so easy to over-saturate the color, but your approach encourages the viewer to enjoy the shapes, subtle colors, and composition. The pink dodge is my fav because it looks like it’s alive; the somewhat slanted view makes the image even more interesting. Rick

  2. Liz King says:

    You must have shined lights into the headlights to make them look lit up — makes me think of the Stephen King novel about the car, Christine. So many beautiful things about the junkyard, like the way the cars are parked in a basket-weave design. You bring out the best!

  3. Mike says:

    These are some great shots, Tim! Nice exposures and tasteful lighting!

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