More Cars, Fewer Words

6 06 2012

Technically it’s wordless Wednesday. I successfully did that once but I’m not a wordless kind of a guy so I’ll go for a less wordy Wednesday. :)

This one was my favorite shoot of this set. You already know I love textures so the rust going on here was really awesome for me. A tip for other photo bloggers, the first picture of your set is the one that shows up in the reader if someone is browsing “Photography” or some other tag you have on your post. Open strong to engage new readers.

The deeper into the junkyard I got, the less kept up the cars looked. These guys were overrun with bushes and weeds. I think the emotion people identify with most strongly is that of hardship or being overpowered. Whether it be you personally or if you feel your beliefs, morals, ideals or mindset is being choked out by society, everyone has struggled with not fitting in. Being overtake by the social norm, peer pressure. It’s good to know what emotions stir people, when you can recreate those emotions through pictures you can tell a lot more than a story, you can share a feeling.

I bet this guy was a hot rod in his day. There’s just something about these old cars that gets me. :)

Thanks for visiting this picture filled post today. I promise to have something more to say in my next post :). Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the pictures. You can follow the blog if you like what you see! Thanks for visiting, God bless and happy Wednesday, you’re halfway to the weekend! -Arley

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I’m Getting Bugged Shooting Up and Down The Same Old Strip

4 06 2012

My weekends seem to be getting swallowed whole so you’ll have to take me as I am this Monday. I know I said I’d try to publish the car post on my “off” days this weekend but I didn’t quite get to it. I’m not one for excuses but I’ll tell you why because it’s a cool story. A few of my church leaders made a trip to  NY to participate in a program called Metro Ministries. Basically this is an outreach program for kids in some of Brooklyn’s roughest neighborhoods. Pastor Bill founded the program in 1980 and has since been beaten, stabbed, and shot, but after years of ministering, he’s gained the respect of even harden criminals and Gang members. When our pastors were sent out into the neighborhoods for part of their community outreach, they were given a shirt with three bears on it and told to wear it at all times, it was their “bullet proof vest.” When my pastor stumbled into a a gang dispute that was about to get violent, they saw his shirt, greeted him as a “yogi bear” (a pet name for the leaders in Metro Ministries,) and all walked away in different directions.  This took up my weekend because we’re adopting the model for children’s outreach in my community. We don’t have too many hardened criminals in little Greenwood, SC, but we’re very excited about outreach in our community. With no further ado, let’s look at some cars. :)

The toughest part about these pictures was getting into the fence. I passed this junk yard on my way home and saw a guy working on an old Trans-Am. The yard was completely fenced in and the gate was locked even though he was there. I parked in the median and walked across the road to talk to the guy. I greeted him with a smile and introduced myself and he asked a bit suspiciously “what do you want?” I told him I was a photo blogger, because he clearly looked like he knew what that was, and asked if I could come in and take a few pictures. The response was a pretty flat “no.” I asked again and promised to stay out of his way. He asked me where I was from and softened up a bit when he found out I was local. He told me his only concern was me getting hurt and making a claim against his insurance but I assured him I would be careful and if anything did happen I wouldn’t bring him into it. He finally conceded to let me in provided I didn’t touch anything.

I think it’s a lot tougher to shoot an interesting subject. These old cars are absolutely fascinating so it takes a lot of self control to keep from just standing back and taking shots of the whole car. The tenancy is to think “this is a really cool car, with a subject like this I don’t need to get a unique perspective.” I had the same problem in Las Vegas. I turned into a total tourist for the first 2 days and was very disappointed when I realized my first hundred pictures in one of the most unique cities on earth turned out to be snapshots. My advice to beat the snapshot syndrome is to take a second and think how can I take a picture of this that no one else has thought of yet. Granted it’s hard to find an angle on a car that no one has snapped on any car ever, but trying to really gets the wheels turning  (pun intended.)

Something about these old run down cars makes me really proud of how far we’ve come. The past 50 years have had a lot of advancements to make the world a different place. Two posts ago I got a little stuck in the past but my wonderful readers reminded me that “life moves forward.” The phases of society and culture are fascinating. The way the world is constantly jumping from one trend to another. But underneath the superfluous gossip and fads, we’re growing. We’re getting smarter. Eventually we’ll get past some of the silly stuff slowing us down. Perhaps we’ll see the start of the next renaissance in our lifetime.

Don’t forget to follow the blog and leave me a comment if you enjoyed today’s post. Fun Fact, I’ve checked my stats and found my top non-English speaking country for visitors right now is Germany so… Machts gut! Alles Gute! Bis zum nächsten Mal! And to the rest of you, goodbye until next time! -Arley

P.S. Since some of my visitors might not get the title. It’s a play on the lyrics of a Beach Boys Song. :)





Born in The South, Raised in a Glass

1 06 2012

If you’re from the south like I am, than you know the title of this post is talking about that “Singular Soft Drink of the South,” the ever alliterative, Cheerwine. Before you ask, no this is not a sponsored post, but if the fine folks over at Cheerwine want to send me a case, I’d be more than happy to accept :). I’m sure you’re wondering by now if I’ll ever get to the point so I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Amid my journeys through the rural roads of South Carolina, I came upon a closed up shop, with a Cheerwine vending machine.

I had already passed the store but I doubled back to take a few shots. I would miss a lot of pictures if I didn’t make my mind up a long time ago to double back often. Anything that catches your eye is worth a u-turn and a few extra minutes. Normally I get frustrated with power lines in my pictures. They look tacky in the background of portraits or churches and especially sunsets, but in a shot like this they actually compliment the image. The difference is they tell a story. They become part of a bigger story of a little general store that needed electricity for their Cheerwine machine and their energy efficient light-bulbs. :)

The toughest decision here was if I wanted the white post in my foreground. The argument here is that it takes away from the subject, (the drink machine), but adds to the atmosphere of the old store. I left it. Sometimes a little distraction from a dominant subject will force your viewer to take in the whole image instead of just a key feature of it.

Hope you enjoyed today’s short post. I also hope the past few days I have managed to build a bit of anticipation for the old cars series, I’m very excited about sharing them, mostly because I’ve only had a few chances to shoot old cars and they’re a lot of fun. Thanks for visiting, as always I love reading and responding to your comments. If you would like to share anything you see here you are welcome to do so, please mention shootabout if you do though. Happy Friday! God Bless!

P.S. If you want to let Cheerwine know you heard about them on shootabout, you can do it here and make my day :) there’s also a link at the top of that page where you can order some Cheerwine, it’s delicious :)





Hubcaps For Sale

27 05 2012

Maybe an obscure title like that will finally make me show up on the freshly pressed radar. :) I’m very tired and a box of hub caps happened to be in the first picture so it is mildly relevant. I’m trying something I have tried only on one other occasion, I am writing a post at 1AM and scheduling it to appear on the blog at a reasonable hour of the morning so it can greet you when you’re bright and ready for a new day instead of looking at cat pictures trying to fall asleep. This is from my shoot Friday which included the 3 crosses pictures.

I had to take a few pictures to get this shot the way I wanted. I have been cheating a bit lately. I have left my ISO set on auto so that I can do what I want with the f/stop and shutter speed then let the camera do the hard work. Fortunately, I haven’t lost my touch so the second frame here came out the way I wanted. The camera got a bit confused with the extreme lights and darks so I had to take over. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, the camera is very smart but it’s not particularly creative. If f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO are Greek to you, I have an excellent (if I do say so myself) blog post about it here.

This image is intentionally very dark. I didn’t want a lot of detail. I got just enough pattern from the table to make it interesting but this shot was a lot more about mood than content. It’s kind of similar to when you hear a song you like but you have no idea what it’s about. It’s fun to do this once in a while with your photographs; I think it makes the picture say a little less about your subject and a little more about yourself and your creative direction.

Of course it only took me a flat second to decide the detail here is so great, I wanted to take another shot to capture it. The great thing about old/rustic buildings is the imperfections. I love the visible knots in the wood. I wish more things today looked a little more like this and a little less like something off an assembly line. Functional but full of character.

I have a bit of a thing for doors. Especially if they’re barred up and locked. Even more so if the metal is rusty and the paint is peeling. The textures come together really nicely here and the brick pattern in the background does a lot to make this shot feel more structured. By that I mean a consistent pattern, whether subject or supporting element, makes a picture feel more organized and less random.

My favorite thing about using a shallow DoF (Depth of Field) is you can take something very plain, like this concrete barrier thing, and focus on the most interesting part of it to make the whole thing far more appealing than it would be if you could see all the boring details clearly. You’re mind kind of just assumes the whole thing is as cool as this little bit you see clearly.

Well, I’ve reached the point that I know I should wrap this up before I get an sleepier and say something dumb/goofy. I hope you enjoyed the pictures/narrative. Let me know what you think down south in the comments section. Social links for Facebook and Twitter are up north. If you aren’t following the blog you could miss out on new stuff so be sure to do that while you’re here if you enjoy what I’m sharing. I love getting mentioned. That notification that someone mentioned me in a blog post makes my whole day, I love it when you tell your friends about me.

Anyways, that’s it. I’m signing off. Have a great Memorial Day weekend if you’re in the US. To all my other amazing friends scattered across the globe, have a great Sunday. God Bless -Arley





Stoney Point Grocery

23 01 2012

I was driving home from lunch with a friend and I passed a small white building I’ve driven by a few dozen times, though not since I started this blog. It really jumped out at me so I pulled into the lot across the street and got my gear ready. This is what I started this blog for, to get me back to the point where I find inspiration in the things I see every day.

This old store has always caught my eye in passing but I haven’t stopped long enough to really appreciate it.  Read the rest of this entry »





Honorable Mentions For This Week (Railroad)

21 01 2012

I took a lot a photos that I didn’t upload in the course of this week. The first location, and possibly the most productive was definitely the railroad tracks. I got a lot of great images but I didn’t manage to get them all up in that first post. I still wanted to share a few of them here so I’m going to go with a simple gallery post. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my other posts from this week and enjoy!


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Around The Loading Dock (2)

19 01 2012

This is kind of a continuation of the previous post. Once I got done on the loading dock I noticed some really cool things going on in the nearby area so I walked around a bit and took a few more snaps. I’ll start with the back of the civic center right beside the ramp.

( I edited this one a bit :P ) I didn’t actually fall in love with this shot when I first took it. Read the rest of this entry »








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