Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
Tom, these and the detail images are stunning!
Thanks, Bud. I wasn't sure how to shoot the bikes but they turned out better than expected. There are a few other very old and rare bikes on display that I want to photograph but I need the owner's permission and, most importantly, her assistance in moving them to my studio. If only I had a longer seamless background...
It's labor-intensive and heavy, but I used to paint the backside of inexpensive felt-backed vinyl flooring, and was able to create a 12 foot wide background any color I wanted at any length I wanted. I used to shoot ag chemicals on one roll that lasted ten years.
That definitely sounds labor-intensive and heavy! I need to find something easier to transport, and I think I know just the thing. The larger seamless paper rolls are too heavy and long to fit in my vehicle, so I need something I can fold up.
While you ponder the perfect, transportable background, I'll just admire these gems. I want that red-wheeled tricycle. The way I figured it, I started out with a tricycle, and I'd be happy to end with a tricycle, if it looked like that.Now, if only Photoshop, Lightroom, and cameras came with training wheels! New computers, too. After years of clunking along with Vista and Word 2002, telling myself it was "good enough," I finally made the move when I discovered my new camera and my old computer weren't on speaking terms. "She died of multiple learning curves" should look good in the obit.
When I bought my first digital camera I realized immediately that I also needed a new computer to process its images, a far more expensive proposition than the camera itself. Technology hasn't changed much in that respect since then, unfortunately. I saw a rusty old tricycle not long ago that I felt would be a nice addition to a big tree stump in our front yard. Alas, its price was completely out of my reach, but I'm still looking. At my age, a tricycle would definitely be my first choice in wheeled transportation!
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