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Watch Your Fingers

Watch Your Fingers  :::::  Cab-Over Semi Chassis

Watch Your Fingers ::::: Cab-Over Semi Chassis

Back from another wild and crazy workshop at Paul’s Junkyard!  Incredibly windy on the third night, and it got so bad the following night, the CHP ended up closing Highway 14 thru Lancaster due to “zero-visiblity conditions” so we cut out at just the right moment.  My eyes got so full of sand they still squeak a little when I blink.  A physically and mentally demanding 3 days to be sure, but it was still way more fun than any day job.

This is a semi-truck chassis without the body and wheels–just an engine, gas tanks and exhaust stacks, sitting in the sand.  The wind was slowly spinning the fan on the front of the engine, so I spun it faster with my hand and lit it with a flashlight.  There’s also red flashlight from many other angles on the rest of the parts.  82-second exposure, done in the total darkness before moonrise.  I also adjusted  the crooked horizon and keystone-ing in Photoshop.

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  1. David Lewis May 31, 2013 1:36 pm #

    What a great idea. I was shooting a tractor this past moon and a slight breeze was spinning a fan on it. Sometimes only rocking it back and forth slightly. It was enough to ruin a few exposures. Maybe I’ll try the spin technique. Amazing the thing still spun so effortlessly; it was probably from the 1920’s. Looking forward to seeing more of Paul’s Junkyard images!

    • Troy May 31, 2013 3:39 pm #

      Thanks Dave! Lots more Paul’s (and other locations) images in the can.

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