“Don’t mind the weeds, the car’s still driveable…”

As we approach the deadline for many of my Competition Season entries, I’m still looking for an awesome infrared picture to get into the mix.

Now with color infrared film, you definitely want some mixture of organic and non-organic subjects in the picture.  You know … something with a little creeping ivy, or a bit of foliage next to an inanimate object…

And when you’re driving up Clinton Avenue in downtown Albany, you’re supposed to be staring at the road in front of you, not looking left and right at possible photography subjects.

Yep, look left, look right, look straight – hey, what’s that on my right?  Is that a car parked on the sidewalk?  No wait, it’s a car parked in front of a vehicle repair shop.  And it’s been there a while, because there’s a bunch of weeds growing all around the –


My Rolleiflex Automat MX had several shots of CIR 120 color infrared film in the chassis.  Certainly I can snag a shot or three of this little parked car.

BMW with a few weeds. Rolleiflex Automat MX camera, CIR 120 infrared color film with yellow filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I took a few shots from the car front.  Damn, how long has this car been parked here?  A few more weeks and you could actually harvest crops around the side skirts.

Okay, now it’s time to take a profile shot of the car.

The Beemer. Rolleiflex Automat MX camera, Infrared CIR 120 color film with yellow filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I took another shot.

A man walked up to me.

“You want to buy it?” he said to me.  “I know a guy who can sell it cheap.”

“No thanks,” I smiled.  “I just want to get a picture of it.”

“It’s got good mileage.”

“I’m sure it does.”

“I can get you a good deal on it.  I know a guy.”

The car’s got weeds growing all over it, and this guy wants to channel his inner Kara DePaula.

“Looks like a 2009 BMW.”

“It is,” the guy said.  “Don’t mind the weeds, the car’s still driveable.”

I’m sure it is.  Maybe just a little STP, a little RoundUp…

“What would you pay for a car like this?”

“I’m good, thanks.”  I have my pictures.  I leave.  “I’m more of a Chevrolet man.”

But if anybody wants to get a 2009 BMW with only a small amount of foliage growing around it … hit me up.

I know a guy.  😀