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Volkswagen de Cayey

“When I was growing up, a guy across the street had a Volkswagen Bug. He really wanted to make it into a Porsche. He spent all his spare money and time accessorizing this VW, making it look and sound loud. By the time he was done, he did not have a Porsche. He had a loud, ugly VW.”
Steve Jobs

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve learned previously that I like old Volkswagen Beetles. So when this sweet VW Beetle truck conversion came rolling down the street in Friday night’s Car Cruise event at Kissimmee’s Old Town, I took a photo. It wasn’t until later, when I was working with the photo, that I noticed the Puerto Rican flag hanging from the rear-view mirror contained the words, “SOY DE CAYEY.” I learned that this means, “I am from Cayey” — a small town in Puerto Rico. I became curious if that statement applied to the car, its driver, or both.

I had a little fun in post processing and gave this image a bit of a vintage look. I played around with color saturation levels using OnOne Software’s Perfect B&W from Perfect Photo Suite 7. In the real world, the car is actually the bright green you see on a can of Sprite. I like it better this way. And speaking of Perfect Photo: as a relatively new user, I have quickly become a big fan of this powerful and versatile editing suite. Its integration with Adobe Lightroom fits great in my workflow, too. I look forward to version 8, releasing later this month.

"Soy de Cayey" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 4000, f/2.2 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

“Soy de Cayey” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 4000, f/2.2 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

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Dodge Dart

There’s a brown 67 sedan standing in the rain
With a blown transmission and a broken timing chain
She used to take me everywhere I went
Now her doors are rusted and her rods are bent
Why’d you have to break my heart? Dodge Dart
– Neal Gladstone, Dodge Dart

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/25 sec at 5/11, 50 mm

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