July 22, 2013 … upon mature reflection

Deliberate photography produces different results.

Opportunistic subjects that are happened-upon in transit are less likely to be successful. I was discussing photography with a good friend and mentor yesterday, and concluded that camera clubs are a parallel universe. Different things are important in that world. I find them fun, but they are probably less important than the court of the photographer’s own opinion about what is pleasing.

Yesterday, I went out with the intent to make images to fit this month’s specified club topic which is entitled “Wet, chrome or reflective”. It suddenly occurred to me that the greatest collection of reflective chrome in the Wellington region is the superb Southwards Car Museum at Otaihanga, to the North of Paraparaumu.  First let me pay tribute to a museum that was entirely unfazed by my request to be allowed to use a tripod.

Classic cars are fun, but the cars themselves were almost incidental to my visit yesterday. What I wanted was reflections. Short of a shop selling mirrors, I can’t think of a better place to find interesting reflections.

Rolls-Royce headlight reflects another Rolls-Royce

This is a wonderful museum

A huge chromed headlight, in this case the one attached to a large Rolls-Royce chassis, acts as a distorting mirror for the enormous Rolls-Royce Phantom V next to it. I thought I had extracted myself from the image but there I am on the left. I was using my remote trigger, and should have got out of the line of sight.

The grand sweep of a Cadillac's fin

The white lines are reflections of the overhead fluorescent lights

Not all reflections were from chrome plated surfaces. The extravagant fins on a Cadillac convertible above were throwing up some interesting patterns in the glossy black paint.

Elegance captured

This would be banned under today’s regulations for the injury it could inflict on a pedestrian

This is a place to see vehicles that were once objects of desire for the very rich and famous. I think the automotive brand Hispano-Suiza disappeared after WWII, so the magnificent is a great example of the glory days of motoring.  The stylized stork which was the hood ornament for these cars is contrasted nicely against the  red Bugatti behind it. (All Italian cars are red, no matter what colour they are painted).

Spirit of Ecstasy

I confess to a little tweaking to emphasise the statuette and nameplate

Oddly, or perhaps not so, most of the glitter came from the grand names. Several Rolls-Royces were on display, each with its “Spirit of Ecstacy” flying proudly.  I have always thought the Spirit was a nicely understated piece of art, unlike some of the grotesquely mis-proportioned imitators.

The Bentley

Ettore Bugatti who was famous for light elegant cars called the Bentleys “the fastest trucks in the world”

The “blower Bentley” on display was also elegant in its simplicity (apart from the sheer expanse of chrome). I wonder how many of the modern fans know that this was the original car assigned to James Bond by his creator, Ian Fleming. Of course his one was gun-metal grey rather than the more popular “British Racing Green”.

Polished copper on steam fire appliance

I can imagine a lot of time was spent in the station house polishing this

My final shot for the day is not a car at all, nor does it involve chrome. It is part of a Merryweather steam fire engine. Its polished copper pressure vessel is undeniably reflective.

So am I.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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5 Responses to July 22, 2013 … upon mature reflection

  1. What a briiliant idea to go up there.Some great shots

  2. John Titchener says:

    … But were you shaken, or stirred???

  3. Toya says:

    #4 is a winner for sure and #6 is a close second in my opinion 🙂

  4. Adam Rosner says:

    “Deliberate photography produces different results. Opportunistic subjects that are happened-upon in transit are less likely to be successful.” … I disagree. In my case, whenever I’ve gone out looking for a photograph, I’ve been disappointed with the results, the photos looking forced and desperate. Conversely, the ones which I’ve happened across at the convenient intersection of motivation and opportunity are the ones I’ve always been happiest with!

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