Featured Around town ... (PART 2)

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by MiguelATF, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Moving inside city limits, the town still feels more like an old farming town and less like a modern suburb. There are a lot of trees, and many evergreens still shed their leaves, branches … and pine cones.

    Pine Cone
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    Some streets are unpaved; many feature vehicles that seem more at home on the back 40 than downtown.

    Dodge pickup with camper shell
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    And, seemingly, everyone still has a functional pickup truck. Many of which date back half a century and more. And are still running, in spit of half a century of rust.

    Ford 100
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    In the cold rainbelt of the Pacific Northwest, rust is a daily occurrence, a fact of life. But some ancient warhorses keep on truckin’, and the closer you come, the more majestic they seem.

    Ford 100 Pickup
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    Closer still, you can see that like ancient metal-clad knights of yore, they carry their insignia on a shield.

    Ford pickup hood
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    And moving even closer, one can only speculate on the original generation of engineers whose coat-of-arms seems both retro and surprisingly modern.

    Hood ornament
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    Continuing on my around town stroll, I come upon some folk art, on a fence.

    Fence Face: android folk sculpture
    by MiguelATF, on ipernity

    And then more homegrown small-town art, on a mailbox.

    203 (in Talent, Oregon)
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    A radical French artist of the last century once insisted that the purpose of art is to “épater la bourgeoisie”, which translates more or less as to shock ordinary folks. This next piece of art, a ‘found object’ installation/sculpture that I spotted atop the antenna of a parked car, does exactly that -

    Car antenna baby head
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    Yes. There are just as many eccentric and strange people in small towns as there are in large, complicated metropolises (or is it metropoli?). But - and I didn’t realize it when I set out - this about-town-stroll seems to have acquired a decidedly mechanical if not outright automotive slant. Old towns, in Oregon at least, seem to have a lot of old cars. Some, like this retro Chevy, stand out for their good looks -

    Old Ford
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    And others for their charmingly bug-eyed ugliness like this ancient Dodge -

    Old vans never die
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    Moving closer, though, it grows on you.

    Bug-eyed Van
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    Almost at the end of my stroll, returning homeward on the rural lane which separates town from country, I have to stop, once again, to admire the neighbors’ mechanically-themed mailbox -

    Motorcycle Mailbox
    by MiguelATF, on ipernity

    And that, is, literally, the end of this trip around town. All good things must come to an end, and when one gets there, there’s really only one thing left to do. And, thanks to the tiny fixed f/8 fisheye Olympus BCL, or Body-Cap-Lens, I can

    Suburban STOP
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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    There's an "off beat" vibe to these shots that I really like.
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  3. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Great series Miguel. I am not sure why but I liked partII better.
    Taken as a whole the images add up to something beautiful. I feel I would like to visit your neighborhood.
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  4. Thank you, Steve ;)
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Great stuff Miguel. Every town, large or small, has lots of little details and tucked away spots that you have to live there a while to start to notice, or at least to appreciate. You obviously have a keen appreciation for your town and a real artist's eye for portraying it. I was particularly struck by the seemingly incongruous BLM sign off to the side of the second shot in this second set. The OTHER BLM is what I'd expect to see a lot more of in rural southern Oregon, but I was happy see this one. I'd think that neither BLM would be particularly popular around there, but the exceptions are what make the rule...

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  6. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Really enjoyed peeking over your shoulder. Reminds me a bit of William Eggleston's work.
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  7. Thank you very much, Don. Actually, to tell the truth, I originally tried to put all of the images in ONE post - but apparently the website software has a limitation on the number of photos or photo attachments that can be included in any single post. So after repeated attempts and error messages to do it all together, I wound up splitting them into Part 1 & Part 2, because it seemed like the only workable option ; - )
  8. Coasting

    Coasting New Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    Really njce slice of reality and especially liked your processing of the images to bring them alive
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  9. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    really good documentary feel about these shots.
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  10. Thank you, Ray. As a minor note, though I do live in a small town which still has quite a rural feel to it, it is something of an anomaly among small rural towns - its population skews towards eccentric and lliberal, so BLM signs are not that unusual. There has also been a large outpouring of community support, from most sectors of the community, for the uncertainty and potential danger which many immigrants currently find themselves in. These are troubling times, and it is heartening to see people stand up and try to support not just their friends, but people they don't know.
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  11. Thank you very much, Peter. I truly appreciate the comment, coming from you ; - )
  12. I just love the colour and mood of the pine cone shot. I visited your Ipernity and found that it was a GM5+20mm... I was expecting a Leica. Just goes to show you that in the right hands, a camera can do anything.

    Lovely Miguel... now somehow I missed Part1, so off to see that now
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  13. Thank you so much, Sue. The pine cone is one of my favorites in the whole series. Which, btw, was taken totally on the diminutive GM5 which is an underrated camera in my opinion. On second thought, the GM5 has its partisans, and in spite of its tiny footprint, has quite a good sensor. And plenty of praises have been sung about the tiny 20mm mu 4/3 pancake lens which more than rivals, optically and in that indefinable area of image quality, pedigreed lenses costing significantly more. Much of the time it lives on the GM5 body, though lately I've been exploring the range of the even more diminutive 12-32mm Lumix zoom. And your comment about a Leica made me smile: decades ago my first camera ever was an ancient Leica IIIf that I semi-inherited from my father and, though it may be sacrilegious to say, let alone think, the GM5 + 20mm comes close to me in this new millenia for having many of the qualities I used to love about my former IIIf: small size, simple unobtrusive controls, and a certain je ne sais quoi that made (and still makes) me want to take the camera with me everywhere.
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  14. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Lovely series. Miguel. Over here you'd have a hard time finding anything with rust spots on it or vehicles that are older than 10 years - you can guess the rest (zzz :sleep: ).
  15. Thank you, Brent. Eggleston is one of my long-term and all-time heroes and inspirations - so your comment is truly appreciated ; - )
  16. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I'm not sure whether your town has more than its fair share of quirky bits and pieces or whether you're just really good at spotting and capturing these interesting objects and connections. Probably a bit of both. It's a very enjoyable set of images anyway and I like the colours a lot.

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  17. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I've enjoyed this wander through your town and the retro colour adds to the feeling you've created:)
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  18. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Miguel, I love both series, although I must admit I'm a fan of your photography in general.

    I think that too often, I am guilty of just scrolling through photos and saying "Like, like it, love it, not for me, like it. With these, I really took my time. I made special note of your compositions and reminded myself that I ought to try a little harder in general....and specificly with regard to "filling the frame". I see too many photos (my own included) that suffer from "worrying about leaving something out". In many of your photos, we see a clear subject that fills the frame....even when you leave enough room for context and other elements.

    I hope that some of this finds its' way into my own photos. Even without your wonderful writing, the photos have a clear narrative.

    Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!
  19. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Really enjoyed the two sets of photos, Miguel. How do you find the GM5 in handling? One of the reasons I got out of Micro 4/3 was the cameras (and buttons) could be too small and hard to work, but a camera like the GM5 looks like it would make a good pairing for the Panasonic 14mm/2.5. I know there were some things I liked about the LX100 when I rented one some months ago.