The fireworks tent

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 4 July 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The fireworks tent was pitched in a local mall parking lot. As I drove past yesterday, this old Ford, waiting for its owners, caught my eye, so I stopped and made some images. The car must have lived through a lot of 4th of July's in its lifetime---as well as events that make the celebration more poignant and important as time goes on.

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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Love the old, hand-colored postcard feel this has.

4 Jul 2011 7:12am

@Arnd: Thanks! The processing did not start out that way, but seemed to develop a life of its own.

marci from Morocco

Happy 4th to you!!

4 Jul 2011 7:24am

@marci: Thanks, Marci! :)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a stunningly different - but very appropriate - statement this makes for the 4th. Have a great day.

4 Jul 2011 11:14am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie! There is that underlying seriousness to the day that we tend to bury beneath all the color and lights.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful shot and processing - happy fourth!

4 Jul 2011 12:07pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks, Jason! I hope your 4th was a good one.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That is a gorgeous old car so well set off against the brightness of the tent

4 Jul 2011 12:52pm

@CElliottUK: Thanks! It was one of those moments when one thinks, should I get out into the intense heat or continue driving in the air conditioned car....I got out.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nicely done, I like the white vignette.

4 Jul 2011 1:05pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly! The vignette helped diminish some more modern elements along the lower edges.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Now that's a vintage look! :) Great one! We can't even have sparklers because of the drought and wildfires. We'll watch a big public display though.

4 Jul 2011 1:39pm

@Barbara Kile: :) Wow, not even sparklers...that certainly shows the seriousness of the situation. I read about the drought conditions you are all suffering through. I wish I could send you some water from the Missouri !

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is a perfect shot for the 4th. Well done. I'm right next to Ft. Worth, and like Barbara said, we can't do fireworks, but there will be a few public displays. I'm glad I got my firework shots last month. ;-) Happy 4th to you!!

4 Jul 2011 2:12pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara! Two Barbara's not far from each other...have you two met? I am catching up with Am3 this week, so will be exploring your site as well. I hope your 4th was a good one!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent ! I like the treatment... Happy (belated sorry) 4th of July :)

5 Jul 2011 5:00pm

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara, for your comment and wish. Belated wishes are good, too!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice. fine vignette

5 Jul 2011 10:04pm

@john4jack: Thank you, Jack! I appreciate your comment very much.

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This looks fantastic! Great capture and processing Karla!

6 Jul 2011 11:08am

@Thea: Thanks, Thea! It was fun to come across that car and tent together.

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

It is so enjoyable to have this rich platform for expression and reporting of the scenes of our surroundings, (our lives) and places we visit. I love to write also, so this is a doubly fulfilling outlet for me. I really am found of my followers, and the growing list of those I follow. I am inspired and learn from their artful work and captured gems.

It's a kick to just begin a brief description of an image and then find myself excitedly writing a story or anecdote around it. I'm just grinning real big after reading your impromptu comment on my Wacky Fence. Now there's someone after my own heart!, I thought.

Sure love this fun image and how you have treated it, very artistic, that expresses tradition and America's loud and colorful soul. LIke a time machne episode, the car is totally unchanged, "untreated." (I am on the 5th night of fireworks in my neighborhood keeping me awake - but the joy, and intent of celebration of freedom outweighs my groggy head.)

6 Jul 2011 2:20pm

@Twojays: I feel the same way! I am very thankful for the group of people who offer their insights and skills, heart and soul bared and shared, through photography. Your writing skills come through your expressive choices in every sentence you write, which makes visiting your site an extra joy.

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great work!!!

8 Jul 2011 8:46am

@Tinx: Thanks, Tinx! I love finding the unexpected and then discovering the picture brings the experience to life in another way.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

super frame and processing :)

8 Jul 2011 1:14pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much, Mariana! I love old cars and the colors of the tent caught my attention as well.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Love the color..the vintage car..how you've framed and processed this. Well done!

8 Jul 2011 4:33pm

@Marcie: Thank you very much, Marcie! It was fun trying to decide on processing. As you know, there are many ways to present the moment.

Nilla´s photo shoots from Östergötland, Sweden

Wonderful! I like the red/white stripes against that black car. Good idea with the white frame.

8 Jul 2011 5:18pm

@Nilla´s photo shoots: Thanks, Nilla, for your comment and visit. Finding that car right there was a surprise. Sometimes these moments catch me with no camera at hand, so I was very excited that I could stop and take make a few images. Love those old cars!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Really nice framing, with interesting contrasting lines and colors.

9 Jul 2011 12:27pm

@Julie Brown: Thanks, Julie. The tent stripes were what caught me first, and then I saw that car!!!

Nikon D300
1/250 second
F/16.0
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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