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Morning Fog Pictures at Old Car City USA – A Photographer’s Paradise!

The season is short for early morning fog in the northwestern Georgia town of White where Old Car City USA is located. Photographers would do well to schedule their visits around those times when early morning fog settles in among the old classic cars and trucks here.

Photographers are welcome to shoot early morning fog pictures at Old Car City USA!

Old Car City has the distinct privilege among all the many car junk yards in America as a mecca for the creative photographers of the world. We have these artisans flocking to Atlanta’s nearby International airport specifically to visit the “world’s largest known classic car junkyard.”

Some of the greats who have come are:

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Perfect time for photographers to shoot in the early morning fog at Old Car City USA!

How does early morning fog develop, you ask?

…in general terms, fog formation is exactly the same process involved in the formation of clouds . . . fog is simply a cloud that forms over the ground…

…Fog is possible, but not entirely guaranteed, if the relative humidity is 100% (when RH% = 100%, that means that the air is saturated)…So, fog is the result of a “moist” air mass near the surface, which has reached saturation. (Source)

According to the information gleaned from the link in the quote above, fog in the north Georgia mountains might be more common because of how the air is saturated in low lying areas. It would behoove the photographer seeking to have early morning fog for pictures of our old classic cars to check with the meteorologists in the area and see when the fog is likely to occur.

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It’s a photographer’s paradise in the early morning fog at Old Car City USA!

Early morning fog photographs have a certain mystique. At Old Car City USA, we love how photographers can take a car junk yard full of old classic cars and find treasure after treasure in almost every shot!

As in the case of one artist listed above,

Courtesy Gulfport Studios – Cheryl Grogan

Cheryl Grogan, her photos combined with her talent with painting portraits become one-of-a-kind masterpieces. One such photo, shown here, hangs proudly in Mayor Deano’s office in Old Car City USA.

Remember everyone! Old Car City USA opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. If you desire to take early morning fog photos, please make arrangements to be there when our doors open. We welcome you with open arms!

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Top 10 Reasons Why Old Car City USA Exists as the World’s Largest Known Classic Car Junk yard!

To the naked eye of the first time visitor or passerby to Old Car City USA in White, Georgia, it looks like a junk yard. A car junk yard.

But once you step into the property and take a look around how the cars are situated, you begin to see something that’s missing in other car junk yards around America, possibly the world!

10 Reasons why a car junk yard like Old Car City USA is so special!

In this blog, we’ll look at ten videos currently on YouTube that show car junk yards of various types and conditions. We might say a little about each one, but as you will see, Old Car City USA stands apart as more than a car junk yard. It’s a “national treasure!”

Reason #1 – A Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth car junk yard in Alabama

In this video, the narrator tries to be funny with his overview of this car junk yard owned by Stephens Performance, a “Mopar-only dealer of sheet metal for Mopar cars (Chrysler family of cars) from the muscle car era.”

As you will notice, some of these cars have been picked through like elephants in a bone yard. Worse, the “carcase” of the car is left behind with little to determine what it was originally. Such is the case for the typical salvage yard today.

Reason #2 – Modern cars are made of plastic in this car junk yard

Old Car City USA might have a Corvette or two and other cars with fiberglass bodies, but 99% of the cars in the video below are made of plastic. There’s little plastic on cars before the mid-1970’s. Old Car City USA has cars dated from 1918-1977.

Reason #3 – Any old car junk yard does not a museum make!

This next video is of a lot in Minnesota that claims to be around 100 acres. That is a lot of cars. Actually, if this car junk yard contained only classic cars, which it doesn’t, then it could claim to be the largest classic car junk yard in the world. As you see how it’s laid out and the narrator seems to appreciate craftsmanship of the earlier era of automobiles, you also see, and hear, his apparent ignorance thereto as well.

Reason #4 – Don’t let titles confuse you about it being a classic car junk yard when it’s not.

This video was produced by the same guy in video #3 and was titled “Exploring classic cars…” The problem is, it’s more classic trucks and fire engines and military vehicles than cars. Still this car junk yard has some attention to detail worth viewing for your entertainment. It’s just not a very big attraction off the road as Old Car City USA is in northwest Georgia.

Reason #5 – Old Car City USA is not a car junk yard where profiteers are seen or allowed to take parts home.

Granted this car junk yard in Canada is all its name implies, a junk yard. Still, the video below shows that people looking to profit from what they take away leaves a gaping hole in the vehicle they left behind. Not exactly a photographer’s paradise, I should add.

Reason #6 – We’ve had people visit this car junk yard from around the world who came to take lots of videos and photos.

This video has had the most views and apparently has a “French” connection. It is also the oldest, dated from Feb. 24, 2007.

Reason #7 – At Old Car City USA, videographers combine fine music and thoughtful photos to make this car junk yard look more like an auto museum.

This videographer, in my opinion, exhibited Old Car City USA with the perfect blend of music taste and appreciation to detail…down to the hood ornaments.

Reason #8 – Old Car City USA is more than a car junk yard. It’s “the promise land for junk yard dreamers!”

These men in this video give justice to appreciating the value of detail in how the cars were originally crafted. Hood ornaments and special windows never seen in later models are pointed out as well.

Reason #9 – For this car junk yard, pictures are worth a thousand words each, but…

Reality is worth a thousand pictures! This video is a culmination of only 500 pictures showing various images, though I’ve limited the time to about 5 minutes. Not too many other car junk yard videos feature so many personal videos and photographers as Old Car City USA.

Reason #10 – When has a car junk yard like Old Car City USA ever had a Sunday morning news magazine program pay a visit?

That’s exactly what happened back in 2015. The honorable “Mayor” of Old Car City USA, Dean Lewis, had the distinct privilege to be featured on CBS Sunday Morning in August of 2015. Tracy Smith interviews Dean and highlights the fact that this car junk yard has, among other things, “two-ton flower pots.”

Bonus video: Russian narration

We don’t have a clue to what this man is saying, but we will assume that it’s like all the other flattering videos about this car junk yard many miles away from his homeland in Russia or the Ukraine. If anyone can translate, please add to comments below! Thanks.

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CBS Sunday Morning, August 9th

This Sunday, August 9th, at 9:43am, CBS Sunday Morning will be airing a piece on Old Car City USA featuring Dean Lewis and his family as they discuss the history and meanings behind Old Car City.  Earlier this summer, Tracy Smith from CBS Sunday Morning, came to visit Dean and his family at Old Car City.  They spent several days touring and filming in Old Car City and interviewed Dean and the family as well as photographers who were making images at Old Car City.  So if you are up and moving this Sunday, please tune into CBS Sunday Morning on you local CBS affiliate.

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Great article about Old Car City by Pete Collins

Here is a link to an article written by one of the “Photoshop Guys” Pete Collins.  I mentioned his visit in a previous post.  He wrote this article for Scott Kelby’s blog.  Check out the article here:  Old Car City….Potential Bucket List

Thank you for the kind words Pete.  Hope to see you out at Old Car City again soon.

Clint

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Some Interesting Visitors

Over the last several weeks, Old Car City has seen some interesting visitors drop by to interview Dean about Old Car City and to just take some fine pictures.  I was fortunate enough to be able to meet both visitors and spend a little time with them.

 

Our first visitor is a celebrity in the Photoshop circles.  Pete Collins is one of the “Photoshop Guys” at Kelbyone training, which is an online training resource for Photoshop.  Pete also is the co-host of Photoshop User TV and has a regular column in Photoshop User Magazine.  Pete was about midway through a week long photography trip with some friends when they stopped by to shoot at Old Car City.  I look forward to seeing some of his images from Old Car City being used in some of his new tutorials.  Pete is a great guy and I highly recommend his workshops and classes.  We had a great conversation about layers and using some of the great rust and patina on the cars as a texture layer.

 

Our next visitor was Marissa Gawel, recipient of the National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant.  Marissa, along with Penn Greene, are traveling throughout the country seeking out and documenting America’s Road Side Attractions.  From Marissa,

“We’re looking to understand the role of the attractions we’re visiting-withing their cities and withing the greater context of American culture.  The creators of the sites built their museums, homes, and art for reasons that vary from the spiritual to the entrepreneurial, but, regardless, have brought their towns new narratives and new business.  I’ve found the creations we’ve seen so far are incredible, and speak to the creative spirit of this country”

Marissa has a great blog documenting their journey, here is the article with images they published about Old Car City:  American Attractions, Old Car City
While you are there, read through the other post about all the wonderful places they have visited.  What an incredible trip, I am so jealous, I would love to take that kind of road trip.
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Great Light!

Looks like tomorrow will be a great day to head out to Old Car City USA to do some photography.  Mostly sunny with no chance of rain and a high of 60 degrees.  With the leaves gone and the changing angle of the sun, the light has been great in all areas.  You can always find a spot with great light, but you may want to hurry up and shoot because it changes fast under the trees.

Hope to see you out there tomorrow.

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An Introduction

Hello, my name is Clint Brownlee and I am a local photographer in Woodstock, Georgia.  I have been going to make photographs at Old Car City USA for a while now and I am now helping Mr. Lewis by writing and managing content for the Old Car City USA website.  I will be posting several times a month to keep everyone up to date on all the exciting things that have been happening and will be happening at Old Car City.  Of recent note is the article that Hot Rod Magazine wrote for their website about Old Car City.  I happened to be there when the photographers from Hot Rod were there shooting a spread for the December issue.  They were so interested in Old Car City, that they wrote a great article about it.  Go here to read the article:  Hot Rod Magazine, Old Car City USA

There are some very interesting and exciting things that will soon be happening at Old Car City in the coming months, so we will keep all of you up to date on the latest news.

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