Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Chrome Shadows


From sunny Brisbane, Hey Harriet offers the meme Shadow Shot Sunday that is fun work that never tires us. We search for unique shadows almost incessantly, and without warning they appear, yet not always apparent at first glance.

Regular readers know I like old cars. Here the intrepid photographer sees a restored 1955 Ford Fairlane, resplendent in a rich burgundy paint. And with blindingly bright chrome that these old land yachts carried acres of. The shadow I am interested in is in the curvaceous rear bumper. The thin shadow follows the curb (kerb?) from the sidewalk over and up, following the edge of the shiny steel contour. Of course, the photographer leaves a shadow on the sidewalk - why not participate in this shadowy world, too??





The front bumper sits on the sunny side of the street, so the shadows are even less apparent. The most obvious one sits under the chassis, with the equally curvy contour replicating the 1955 stylish Ford arc. The more subtle one seems the be the reflection of (who else but?) me. In my 'chair, I seem to be surrounded by a snaky shadow created by the brilliant sunny orb in the background.

Yes, looking for shadows is a task we never tire of. See the great photo artists from all parts of the globe at this most fun meme!


31 comments:

Sweet Repose said...

My first car was a cherry red Ford Fairlane fastback, can't remember the age, but I do remember it was a sled, as I had just moved to the mountains of Colorado and winding this boat around those tight mountain trails was an accident waiting to happen. My next car was a Horizon...I NEVER got stuck with that lil' gem!!!

Cool shots!

fredamans said...

Very cool pics!!

A festive shot for me....

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2009/12/shadow-shot_12.html

Catherine said...

beautiful shots - love the distorted images in the chrome that create a whole new surreal world for our consideration!!

Jen said...

Happy SSS to you Ralph.
Very cool to see the shadows in the reflection on the bumper!

Sylvia K said...

What fun reflections, Ralph! Love them and their surreal effect!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

32˙North said...

These are fabulous!

sarayutouched said...

love the unique shapes of today...bendy curvy shadow shots. very cool ralph...made me take pause to really see what i was seeing...happy sss.

bobbie said...

these photos are just amazing. love them!

Jonny Hamachi said...

Disco

Pam said...

These are unique and very creative shots, Ralph. You have a wonderful eye for photography.

Martha Z said...

These are very unique shots of shadow and reflection. I had to enlarge to see the photographer, his image distorted in the chrome.

Hot Fudge said...

Very clever shots - and thanks for bringing back memories of the Fifties with the big, brassy cars.

Joops said...

Interesting captures man..

During winter, its good to look at pictures during summer

Jacqui said...

What brilliant shots - such a wonderful retro, movie vibe going on here.

Beverley Baird said...

What a beautiful vehicle! Great shadow/reflection!

maryt/theteach said...

I love photographing beautiful cars Ralph! Very nice job! :)

Leora said...

You do see some fascinating things in ordinary places, Ralph. Great eye.

ramblingwoods said...

I love the Ford Fairlane. I had one as a teenager that was such a nifty manual transmission fast car. Loved it..sigh...

Ralph...the fire was in a blogger friend's Mom's house although my Mother has had two fires in her home due to careless smoking....Michelle

Felisol said...

Lovely curves and shadows in these chrome bumpers.
You've got an eye for intriquate details.
From Felisol

Hey Harriet said...

Others have already commented about you having such a great eye, and I totally agree! What a unique, arty, zany and fun perspective! I LOVE the distorted reflections best of all. Great shots!

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the undulating warped reality in the first shot! Amazing how much is crammed in that tiny space on the shiny chrome!

Sam said...

These remind me a little of fun fair mirrors - so cool! The detail is gorgeous!

Serendipity said...

Great shot!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Ford Fairlane’s magic—
gaze into the shiny chrome,
see yourself anew.

My Shadow Shot

Dianne said...

I love the term 'land yachts'
cool photo reflections
chrome makes a wonderful canvas

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

You and Raya (of Washington, DC) seem to have an affinity for capturing car art! The clarity of line and colour is fascinating!

storyteller said...

What delightful creative shadows you've captured! This would be a marvelous post for Weekend Reflections too ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
My Shadow Shots

Tom Hilton said...

Very cool shots...and that is one beautiful car.

Jane said...

looks like everything is melting

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Awesome! We've got a '67 Chrystler Newport...but we can only dream of these beauties!
Fabulous shadows Ralph!!

Paula Scott said...

Yowsas!! These are absolutely fantastic! Love those chrome shots-so psychedelic! I love old Chevy pick up trucks. Up until about 1952 or so.