November 18, 2010

Skip's Junk Yard


This past Saturday I joined other members of "Club Blatz", a group of intrepid photographers in the Greater Cincinnati area, for a photo safari at Skip's Junk Yard. Skip's, which can be found on Wooster Road outside Mariemont, is an emporium of old motorcycles and cars...a paradise for those needing parts as well as photographers! For our $10 "admission fee" we were given pretty much free rein over the entire establishment for 2 hours. So at 12 noon we all descended, paid our fee, and the air was filled with the sounds of joy and shutters going off...



Now I have driven by Skip's on any number of occasions over the years, always wanting to get inside with my camera, so the day was a dream come true! I didn't know where to start!!!  Overwhelmed, I stood there for a couple of minutes taking in the sight of old motorcycle after old motorcycle lined up, old cars posing...waiting for their moment...like "Big Blue" here. Taking a deep breathe, I took my cameras out of the bag...and went to it, reminding myself that with digital I had at least 1,000 exposure at my command...so go ahead and shoot!!!

The only downer of this session wasn't discovered until two days ago when I processed the color film negatives I shot using my plastic Diana. It was  as I took these rolls of film from the processing tank that I realized that something terribly wrong had happened...there was nothing but light leak flares on the negs!!!  Checking the camera, I discovered that seemingly the exposure lever on the bottom of the lens had been moved to the pinhole setting...which meant the aperature was well, pinhole size! So next to nothing got in.....three rolls of film wasted!!! Now while I fault myself for not checking this setting, I rarely move it from the cloudy setting so this had to happen when I took the camera out of the bag. Of course, I really think "Diana" did it herself as she was jealous that I was giving more attention to my digital Nikon.  She has now been taped up with black tape to prevent the lever from moving...and to take care of some of the light leaks. I hope she's into bondage and black tape...

I've only posted a couple of the photos but if you would like to see more, please go to my Flickr site and you can see them all: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clearerreflections/

2 comments:

Erika Lee Sears said...

I love old junk :) beautiful pictures.

Dave said...

Thanks! This place was incredible...like being on "American Pickers"!!! I want to go back with a bunch of cash and buy things...like this hood ornament...