Day 94 (3 April 2012) Rings of . . .

Ford. Not Saturn. These ‘rings’ are from a brake job I did tonight on my friend’s Ford station wagon. You may not know much about cars, but when the brake rotors get grooved and warped like these ones, they need to be replaced (because they don’t stop your car very well).

I’ve been working on cars since before I knew what a car was, handing my dad tools as a little kid and then learning and doing more as I grew older. Now one of my hobbies is working on cars and restoring my 1973 Chevy El Camino. I also do work to earn a little money and help out those who can’t afford it. Or in this case, trading auto work for some hair cuts with a friend who is a stylist. This is what I call a win-win situation 🙂

Rings of Ford

60 mm, 0.8 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Rings of Ford)

Brake Rotor

60 mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Brake Rotor)

Day 16 (16 Jan 2012) All Stop

A friend & initial photography mentor and I decided to do photography challenges periodically, and for this week, he chose “red.”  I’ll get to choose the next challenge.

So today on my way home I was thinking what I could shoot that is red or has to do with red.  And as I was sitting at a traffic light, it dawned on me that the reason I wasn’t going anywhere is because the light is red!  It was a fairly long light, and the though came quickly, so I grabbed my camera and tried to capture a red light at night.  The shot I like best (or am least unimpressed by) is one that I took out of focus.  You can see the three stop lights and the brake lights of the car in front of me.  It would have probably turned out better had I parked and set up the camera on my tripod and took my time, but that will have to wait for another day.

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55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 (Red Traffic Light)