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Nostalgia for sale, Miranda, California, 2009

Nostalgia for sale, Miranda, California, 2009

This vintage Oldsmobile Rocket 88, restored by a passionate mechanic in the tiny town of Miranda, on the Avenue of the Giants in California’s Redwood Country, was being offered for $3,800 the day I visited. I saw an entire era embodied in this old car, an era of where cars were designed and marketed as if they traveled as fast as rocket ships. I moved in on the famous hood ornament of the Rocket 88 with a 14mm super wideangle lens, bringing the glass to within a few inches of the thrusting chrome rocket. Yet the huge vertical field of view embraced by this wide a focal length allowed me to include an area from the grille badge at the bottom of the frame to the sale sign in the window as well as three other cars parked on this lot at the top of the frame.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
1/500s f/10.0 at 7.0mm iso100 full exif

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Phil Douglis07-Jul-2009 16:21
Thanks, Linda -- I've tried to express the feeling of flight here.
Linda Willets07-Jul-2009 02:53
cool image.
Phil Douglis04-Jul-2009 23:13
Thanks, Carol and Rose, for seeing both both the flight and fruit here. Such is the nature of the super widangle lens. It stretches the curves and makes the plane soar and the hood bulge.
sunlightpix04-Jul-2009 23:03
Nice shadows from the ornament. The hood seems curved like a giant watermelon.
Carol E Sandgren04-Jul-2009 19:07

That superwide really emphasizes that hood ornament which to me, looks just like a plane, taking off. The lines of highlight in the paint reaching out from the ornament to the bottom edge really creates a sense of motion.
And all that for a mere $3800??!
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