Franschhoek Motor Museum

I spent Saturday morning at Franschhoek Motor Museum. This amazing place has a collection of over 200 cars, ranging from the 1800’s right up to some of the fastest cars in the world. They have over 200 cards, but only 80 are in display at any time.

This was a perfect opportunity to take some photos (esp HDR photos), so here are the first few.

In my excitement I did not keep note of what cars they are, so you will just have to enjoy the pics without explanation.

Red convertible.

Happy Birthday Les Paul

One of my regrets is not going to see Les Paul playing in New York. Now it is too late (he would have been 96 today). Not only did Les Paul pioneer multi-track recording which is fundamental to any recording studio in the world, he invented the solid-body electric guitar. The Gibson Les Paul electric guitar is probably the most famous guitar in the world.

Gibson Guitar Wall, shot at the Hard Rock café, Times Square, New York

Just some of the bands and artists that have used the Les Paul are:

  • Led Zeppelin
  • The Doors
  • Nickelback
  • Jeff Beck
  • Eric Clapton
  • Pink Floyd
  • George Harrison
  • Brian Jones
  • John Lennon
  • Bob Marley
  • Garry Moore
  • Paul Mc Cartney
  • Mike Oldfield
  • Keith Richards
  • Carlos Santana
  • Pete Townshend
  • Muddy Waters
  • Ronnie Wood
  • AC/DC
  • Frank Zappa
  • And of course Mike from tuesday’s child (my old band)

So next time you listen to your favourite band, spare a though for the man that helped make it all happen.

Thanks to Sally for reminding me of his birthday.

The tin monster

There is a John Deere dealership that I drive past everyday on the way to work, and I have been wanting to take a few shots of the tractors for ages. Ok, so I would love to drive one, but I will settle for taking a photo or two. This HDR shot is of the 7930 tractor that was sitting in the field.

He reminds me of a mix between a Stephen King novel, and the tractors in the movie Cars (and yes this tractor is a he). Although he does not look that big, this guy a monster. The back wheels are bigger that I am, and you have to climb a short step-ladder to get into the cab. He probably digs holes even faster that Emily!

My knowledge of tractors is basically nothing, so here is some info if you want to find out more.

Stonehenge; one from the archives

Stonehenge; one from the archives, found on a backup CD from years ago. Minor photoshop tweaking required :-)

I probably took the picture around 2000, on a trip to Salisbury, taken on my father’s 35mm Pentax SLR camera :-) While this shot is tone-mapped, it is not a true HDR in that only one exposure was used.

If you have not been to Stonehenge you should visit it, it is a magical place.

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