Robert Lussier14mm f2.8, Cars, England2 Comments

This is an image from almost two years ago. It was shot at the Transport Museum in Coventry, UK.

This is the ThrustSSC (Thrust Supersonic Car). In 1997 it became the first car to officially break the sound barrier. It did so in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert with RAF fighter pilot Andy Green at the wheel. The display is one of the only things that you have to pay for at the museum. For a small fee you get to sit in a little chamber with cockpit POV video of the record breaking ride. The accompanying motion and sound effects sorta-kinda make you feel like you were there. It was definitely cool.  But not as cool as actually seeing the car as you exit the chamber. After all, that is the reason you shelled out the couple of Euro for the ride.

As you exit the chamber a curtain rises and you are looking at the SSC, basking in constantly changing colored lights. And a video, If I recall correctly.

The cool thing about this shot is the cool thing about the Transport Museum. It is very photography friendly. Camera. Tripod. No questions.  During busier times, I suspect I would have been ushered out after the first viewing of this awesome machine. But the place was slow on the rainy Friday my son and I were there.  I set up my tripod low and shot several sets of brackets to capture a good range of light in a variety of colors.  I was able to stay set up in the same spot through two or three cycles of the SSC ride until I was satisfied I got what I needed.

I picked what seemed to be a logical set of brackets to create this HDR/composite.



Robert LussierThrustSSC

North Canal Sunset

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My plan to go over to the Everett Mill to catch sunset last friday almost didn’t happen. Not because I didn’t want to go, but because the cloud gods seemed to be conspiring against me. The spotty clouds that were prevalent through the day seemed to be giving way to a heavy cloud cover. It didn’t look like sunset was going to amount to much so I almost stayed home.  But I figured an hour shooting in the mill was a worthwhile endeavor regardless of the conditions outside, so I went.

By the time I got there and set up the clouds broke and nature treated me to this scene.  I am particularly fond of the flock of birds that decided to fly over Canal Street as I was shooting.

This shot is a single exposure processed entirely in Lightroom.

Robert LussierNorth Canal Sunset

The Reclamation

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Yesterday’s post (here and on Facebook) featured an image of a old Irish shack I stumbled upon on my trip back in 2008. That prompted a friend of mine to email me. He shared a story about his own trip to Ireland and what he learned there about these old stone structures. I don’t think my friend will mind if I share his story.

The trip to the farm was very cool and there was a house like the one you posted.   I asked [the owner] how long this old thing had been there. He thought for a moment and then told me the last people moved out in 1987!   I thought he would say 1887.   He went on to explain that when the thatch is not maintained it quickly rots and the roof falls in and then it isn’t very long before things start growing inside (dirt floor I believe) and 30 years later you have something that looks ancient. 

He invited us to look around and told us that when he was a child many more people had lived in this area, but most had moved away.  Strange as an American to go to a place that has become MORE rural over the last 75 years.  Just doesn’t happen over here….

After reading that I recalled another image I captured on the trip — today’s image, above. I noticed this old cottage in a sheep pasture as we drove through The Burren. With the shrubs aggressively overtaking the building I assumed it had been empty for the better part of a century. Perhaps only a couple of decades?

Processing on this was done in Nik SilverEvex Pro.




Robert LussierThe Reclamation

A Shack in the Countryside

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I’m going way back into the archives with this one.

It was shot on the first day of a vacation to Ireland in 2007.

I remember it vividly. My family and I took the red-eye from Boston, arriving in Dublin at around 7:00AM local time. We had a three hour drive to the cottage we rented, but we couldn’t check in until 3:00PM. That left us with four hours to kill. We stopped to eat twice walked through a couple of villages whose names escape me right now. We were all running on fumes and I wasn’t very motivated to do any shooting. But I did pull the rental car over to grab this shot.

I know. It is not your typical breathtaking, lush green Irish landscape, but it brings back some fond memories.

Robert LussierA Shack in the Countryside


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Last Saturday my friend Steven Perlmutter and I conducted our first Historic Mills Photography Workshop of 2014. About a half dozen photographers of varying skill levels converged on the Stone and Everett Mills to explore the space with their cameras and improve their post processing skills.

As familiar as I am with these buildings, I never grow tired of shooting them. I see something new almost every time I set foot in them. And seeing the mills through other photographers’ eyes has only increased my desire to return.

When we conduct the workshops we guide our participants through the space. We teach them the basics of photography,  help them master their cameras, help them frame images, process them, etc. And sometimes we just point them in a direction and just get out out of their way.

And sometimes we get a chance to do our own shooting. Here is one of the shots I got last Saturday.

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Home is Where the Heart Is

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It has been over about a week since I’ve posted anything here (bless me father, for I have sinned). Or on Facebook. Or GooglePlus. The primary reason is illness — I had been down for the count for most of that time with the flu, or something like it. But even in moments of lucidity, other things got in the way. PLUS, I haven’t been doing a lot of shooting. So any lucid-blog time was spent poking through the archives for blog worthy images. Which brings us to this one.

It’s a shot from my Nevada trip back in 2012. While driving through the town of Kingston I stumbled upon this little abandoned homestead.  It consisted of a couple of small trailer homes, a car and a shed. Probably an out-house as well.  Behind the door of the van in the foreground was a table with a stack of rusted tin cans. Opposite it (not seen in the image) was a fire pit.

All things considered, it seemed to be a pretty comfortable place!

The sun was harsh that day so I thought I’d embrace it and give this a contrasty BW treatment.

Robert LussierHome is Where the Heart Is

Mesa Arch

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Last night I went back to my Moab images and did a little bit of visual reminiscing. Looking at the images I took at Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point, Colorado National Monument brought back a flood of great memories with good friends.

This one is from Mesa Arch. It was shot about 20 minutes after dawn when most of the other photographers had cleared out.  My recent obsession with black and white made me process it this way. Hope you like it.

Robert LussierMesa Arch

Sunset over Lower Manhattan

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This was taken at my wife’s cousin’s wedding a couple of years ago. The reception was held at a restaurant on the East River at the Brooklyn end of Williamsburg Bridge. This was the view at sunset looking west towards the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

The image was processed using Photomatix 32 bit plugin and Lightroom and finished in Photoshop and Nik AnalogEfex.

Robert LussierSunset over Lower Manhattan