A Weathered Truck on the Prairie

I was exploring the country roads that divide up the fields along the prairie west of Calgary and found this old Ford 350 farm truck long since abandoned overlooking a river valley.  The truck looked like it had been left where it finally broke down, just past a cattle guard on a dirt track that led down to an old farmstead. 

With the deep blue sky of the early morning, the weathered reds and oranges of the cab and the hood made a nice contrast.  I liked working in the white line on the horizon where the Rocky Mountains are still covered with snow.  I will be back to this lonely Ford again soon to work in some star trails and light painting.  When the new green grass comes in, I’ll return to work with the three strong colors (two primaries – red and blue, and one secondary – green) as they will allow for some dynamic compositions by varying the amount of each color in a frame.  A great subject to find and I suppose it will be returning to work after having had at least a few years rest.

In the image below, I de-saturated the sky to emphasize the color in the truck (both the body and the rust on the bed’s frame.  It creates an interesting feel to this image as the relationship between the truck and the surrounding environment is different.

In this final picture from this set, I walked down towards the valley so that the sun’s position relative to the truck changed from behind and streaming over my shoulder to behind the truck backlighting the truck and throwing a lot of reflected light  towards the camera.  The washed out color that resulted allowed for an image very different from the others.

5 responses

  1. Pingback: Prairie Ford « Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Well done…

    May 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  3. Love these, Chris! The weathered truck has great texture and the mountain range is beautiful. I also like the contrast between the orange cab and blue sky.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

    • Thanks Karen – strong colors are always fun to work with, I’m glad you like these.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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