Saturday, January 28, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sculpted and Shadowy Chrome

ShadowShot Sunday arrives courtesy of our three hosts, allowing us to present the artistry of shadows, when and wherever they may present themselves.

Obviously, I prefer warm weather to cold and like cars as much as I like shadows. As a winter cold front is passing through, the look at past and nicer seasons warms things up. My affection for old iron shows up in these two scenes, and the shadowy world playfully intrudes into both.

First is this curvaceous 1958 Chevrolet Impala. Its sculpted flanks throws arcs and angles about, causing contorted shadows and reflections that fall over the chrome gazelle. Shadows of a tree and the reflected lawn show up - both of subtly seen...

View two is from a 1953 Hudson Hornet. The stylish interior has its share of 1950s flair - the dashboard showcases that material that reflects its era - chrome. The dazzling brightwork is retro cool.

The shadows add a nice contrast, falling over the two-tone green upholstery and steel. Compared to modern vehicles, the safety and driving dynamics are not very good. But for artistry in steel, the new does not compare. See shadowy style at this always fun meme!

24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a great looking old car and it does indeed bring back memories! Wonderful shadow shots for the day, Ralph, as always! And I am so tired of cold weather, too!!! Hope you and Patti have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Sylvia

colleen said...

I love the warm bright colors in the first shot and the shadows in the next one.

Kelly said...

Ah...I see 1958 was a good year for the Chevy Impala as well as for me. :)

The old ones might not have the safety features of today, but there's something to be said for the solidity of all that steel.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

One thing's for sure: They don't make cars the way they used to!

Catherine said...

the colours in that first one are spectacular...

sarayutouched said...

agreed...nothing like the old cars. love the warm shadows ralph!!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hello Ralph! Love your vintage cars...oh for it to be summer & to be able to drive around in either of these two!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph now those were cars to look at weren't they ? I still remember my father's Ford Fairlane 500, black on the outside with red leather upholstrey .. and actual seat belts ! LOL
It was a sexy beast indeed ;-)
Very nice warm shots !
Joy

Paula Scott said...

Now, THAT is a fabulous shot! And, what a classic the Impala is. Nice shots!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love your presentation of artistry in steel! The car interior in the second photo is beautifully highlighted by the slight fall of light and atmospheric shadow!

Riet said...

I love those old cars. Great shadow shots

forgetmenot said...

Our family had a 1963 Impala--lots of good trips and great memories in that car. Nice post, Ralph! Have a nice Sunday. Mickie ;)

chubskulit said...

I love the insignia of the impala!

In behalf of Gemma and Magical Mystical Teacher, I thank you for playing Shadow Shot Sunday 2. - Rose

Carletta said...

'Artistry in steel' - very well said Ralph!
Just peeking through the window at the interior of the Hudson you can see such lovely lines and sparkling shine. They do not make them like they used. I so remember the long bench seats as well - comfy for long trips.
Your warm shadows do make me wish for warmer brighter days.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Fantastic shadow shots Ralph..

LV said...

A neat. cool post of vintage shadows.

Joan said...

My husband has many stories to tell with he and his brother "borrowing" their parents Impala! LOL
Love the sterring wheel on the Hudson Hornet.

BLOGitse said...

I can say this again: 'those were the days my friend...'
You asked about the snow: they drive most of it into the sea! But when...oh, that's an other story. We have less and less parking space when there's a lot of snow. We have a garage! :)

Costin said...

Great car. Beautiful shots.

Kay L. Davies said...

Love the cars of my childhood, Ralph. Always happy to see them. Haven't thought of a Hudson in years, though, but I do drive a Chevy (50 years older than this Impala).

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Jewaicious said...

What a creative capture of color in the first photo. I love the lines and contrasts. So nostalgic, so lovely

Cassie said...

Are you SURE you are't my Patrick's long, lost brother??!! Car Shadow Shots are right up his alley. NIce. Happy SSS.

Anne said...

I always enjoy your photos of old cars - we just have such glamorous ones here!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes