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Pontiac Chiefton, 1953

I’m not a car person but I do appreciate an old car that hasn’t been restored. The rust, dents, torn upholstery and broken glass show the long history and get me thinking about the day the car was brand new and the owner cherished it. Did the entire family jump in for their first ride, all feeling bigger than life, did the owner wash and wax it regularly. This car lives outside Hagerstown, Maryland and looks pretty good after 56 years in the elements.


  • tracy - September 15, 2009 - 10:24 am

    I do the same thing. When I pass a home that has fallen into disrepair, neglect. I wonder about the story of the people of the people who live there. I love this picture but mostly I love that they are not my next door neighbors : )ReplyCancel

  • Jen Rinaldi Photography - September 15, 2009 - 10:27 am

    I just did this recently on the side of the road in NC for a wonderful old Buick.

    You processed it wonderfully! The treatment is wonderful – a beautiful texture applied.ReplyCancel

  • Tommy Lynch - September 15, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Great image Ferrell….and I like how you described it and the imagination of what it’s owner may have done years ago……Love the texture used here!…congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Big John - September 15, 2009 - 4:38 pm

    Fantastic Ferrell!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Messick - September 15, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Killer Image, and I do also wonder about the lives of those who had passed through the doors of that old car. Dad had a 1948 Ford in 1956 when he bought our first house, I was just a tot but that car took us to a new place! I am sure that one has lots of stories in it. Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Dan Dorland - September 15, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    I too just can’t resist the old grungy dirty look, it’s way more interesting than a new car, and more fun to tweak in post-processing, which you did very well by thew way!ReplyCancel

  • Andy - September 15, 2009 - 7:09 pm

    Fun processing.ReplyCancel

  • Nadia McIlhany - September 16, 2009 - 8:20 am

    What a perfect scene. Another great one Ferrell!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheldon gilchrist - October 26, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    I’m in the process of reading u’r book ‘High Dynamic Range’. As someone getting back into photo/video, this is a great new way to take stills. Thank you! U’r pictures are great, I would have bought it for the pictures alone.
    Thank you again,

  • mrsammy7 - December 16, 2009 - 10:05 am

    Just came across this image. It Rocks!

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