Abandoned, Rusty, Eye Candy

Ford logo on a rusty car
Ford logo with rust and textures

I sympathise if you don’t see this as eye candy. Well, kind of. I’m sharing these pictures for HeyJude’s Textures challenge, so if you don’t like rusty old cars, you can blame her.

This week’s prompt was:

Get close to your subject and capture just the texture itself, without the context. Then zoom out so that you capture both the context of the texture as well as the texture itself.

Abandoned Ford with vine
Abandoned Ford being gradually encroached

When I first assessed this set of pictures, I narrowed down the five I’d taken of the Ford to two. But when it came to sharing them, I thought it might be worth taking a quick look at all five, lightly processing them, cropping them and reducing their size.

Vine exploring an abandoned Ford
Vine exploring an old Ford

Now I find myself sharing the other three, the ones I’d initially rejected. It pays to keep an open mind when processing pictures, assuming you have time to experiment.

I’m adding a couple of other pictures taken the same afternoon in the Mississippi Delta. It’s tempting to go overboard, because it’s such a great place to enjoy texture, but I’ll keep it brief.

I added a filter to this one, to keep the focus on the sign (and because otherwise the colours were a touch blah):

Rail road crossing sign
Rail road crossing sign

My final shot is another rose – a good, romantic one with just the right touch of wildness. I could be wrong, but I got the impression it largely cared for itself. It is quite a contrast to the royal rose I shared yesterday, but I love them both.

Rose growing against a porch in the Mississippi Delta
Wild(ish) rose

33 Replies to “Abandoned, Rusty, Eye Candy”

    1. Some plants have an unquenchable spirit – that metal must surely get hot when the full sun is on it, so perhaps it is sun pruned!

  1. At my age, I take rust somewhat personally, but that makes these images all the more compelling. Melancholy perhaps, but that close-up of the vine “exploring” makes the old jalopy almost garden art. “Almost” being the operative word. I do love the contours of those rose petals accented by the darker pink. Textures aplenty!

    1. I have a soft spot for that rose. I like the cultivated ones to look plump and well fed and the wilder ones to be prickly, sparse and atmospheric. My sister and I used to play in an old abandoned car left in a field on one of my Dad’s allotment walks. I’d love to see what that looked like with adult’s eyes. There was an old apple tree nearby, I remember.

      1. Something tells me that your adult eyes aren’t too different from your girl’s eyes, and in that you are blessed! I can only imagine how much fun that old car was.

    1. I’m glad yours is still serviceable – and hope it doesn’t spend as much time in the garage as my sweetheart’s F-150.

  2. well I am more than happy to take the blame for this series of photos being shared. I love rusty old cars and the colours are fantastic. The rusty tractor, the fading sign and the crinkly rose. Perfection!

    1. I wouldn’t have thought to share the full shot without your prompt, but it does give context. Thanks for hosting – and blame taking!

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