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While out driving a few days ago my eyes were drawn skyward as the sun descended toward the horizon. It's difficult to ignore a colorful sky, particularly when the colors become very intense. With the sun this low in the sky, you have to find somewhere to setup quickly.

McCormick Farmall Tractor

Happy Labor Day! In honor of this U S National Holiday we have a look at one of the great tools that contributed to the agricultural growth and industrialization of this nation.

The McCormick Farmall tractor, first manufactured around 1922, has been a highly reliable and valuable machine to farmers for more than 90 years. Today, McCormick products are distributed to countries around the globe. There was once an assembly operation in Baltimore before being relocated to a new Duluth Georgia facility sometime after 2001.

The Farmall pictured below was photographed in Lancaster County Virginia.

McCormick Farmall Tractor
McCormick Farmall Tractor

It is nice to see this old workhorse still in operation. I have no idea what year this was manufactured but it has a look of the 1950s.

As often seen on this site, here is a black and white conversion below.

McCormick Farmall Tractor in Black and White
McCormick Farmall Tractor in Black and White

The image began as a hand-held HDR bracket (0, +2, -2) that was processed in Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2 before importing into Lightroom 5 for final retouching.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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iPhone Friday - Life's a Beach

Another week comes to a close and the iPhone Friday series continues with a quick trip to the beach. As summer winds to a close, the kids have returned to school and the Labor Day Holiday is upon us here in the U S. It's a time of mixed feelings as we reflect upon the wonderful memories of summer 2013. On the one hand, there is so much to look back upon and smile, while on the other hand, we are really not ready for the season to end.

Here is a memorable moment in time captured with my iPhone while on Paradise Island.

Life's a Beach
Life's a Beach

A typical beach scene as captured while I was at poolside one midday afternoon. Ahh, the memories of those days. Gee, seems so long ago. :-)

I sincerely hope you enjoyed the summer and had the opportunity to create a little magic to look back upon.

Quick reminder before we close out, The Topaz ReStyle introductory sale ends on August 31st.

Here is an example of some of this plugin's creative power.

Trees, an example of Topaz Restyle
Trees, an example of Topaz Restyle

You can read my full review here!

It is currently on sale for the introductory cost of just $29.99 but you must act now as the sale ends August 31st. Simply enter the discount code: restyleitduring chckout

The product can be purchased as a plugin for Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture or Topaz’s stand-alone product, Photo FX Lab. After the sale the cost will be $59.99.

Click here to -->> ReStyle your images now.

Thanks for visiting and have a GREAT weekend!

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1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon

In a previous post I mentioned how rare the 1949 Dodge Coronet was, with less than 300,000 Dodge passenger vehicles manufactured for that model year. Additional research indicates that only 800 Coronets were wood-sided station wagons. Yes, the 1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon was a rare vehicle from it's inception so finding one today, running and in good condition is really awesome.

I showed the front and grille section of today's vehicle in a bit of a teaser post here. Today we get a better look at this vintage car as I saw it on the parking lot of an automotive repair and maintenance establishment in Baltimore County, Spicer Motors.

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon
1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon

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So here she is in all of her 2013 beauty, some 64 years after leaving the assembly line. This car is stunningly elegant considering it's age and the fact that everything seems to be original.

One of the first post-war body styles offered by Dodge, the Coronet Woody Wagon was outfitted with a 230-cubic inch engine cranking out 103 horsepower and a top speed of 90 miles per hour.

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon
1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon

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Above is a shot from another angle that I processed with an artistic touch using Topaz Lab's Simplify plugin.

This wonderful vehicle must make it's current owner(s) quite proud every time they look at it. I understand that this very vehicle was once owned by the Gambino family of New York, adding another bit of history and intrigue.

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Steering Wheel
1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Steering Wheel

A quick peek inside shows the original steering wheel and instrumentation of the classic car. The odometer currently shows 32284 in this shot but with more than six decades under her belt, who knows what the true mileage is.

For some odd reason I find the pitted chrome on the horn section of the steering wheel attractive. Seems to add a little character and speaks to the vehicle's age.

I truly enjoyed seeing this car and having the opportunity to photograph it. I hope you enjoyed seeing the photograph's as well.

Thanks for clicking by!