I motored east out of the suburbs bordered by the Southlands Mall, soon making my way down the dirt road bordering the Blackstone Country Club and Golf Course.
Today I was going to shoot pictures not only with my Panasonic Lumix Camera but also with the built-in 5 Megapixel camera in my company-issued Droid Smartphone. I wanted to see/compare the qualities involved.
I left this area and motored in a southeasterly direction, tracking on dirt county roads and just letting my mind wander and my eyes gaze at the absolute lack of people. Just the occasional ranch house, some horses grazing in the fields and the ever present gusty winds.
I found pavement again, after several county roads, and headed East on CO86. I spotted what appeared to be a used car dealership on the right as I rode, and with Gary France's recent posting in mind, my eyes zeroed in on what appeared to be a Pierce Arrow!
First though, I had to head into the town of Kiowa to refuel. That task accomplished, I continued East just a bit more to pose Natasha near the town's water tower.
No Droid Camera version here, Natasha appeared to be a dark blob in the pictures I took using the phone.
Now heading back West, I transited back through the small town of Kiowa, under the watchful eyes of the local police car. You have to make sure you obey the speed limits in these small towns, unless you want to make an offering to the town coffers through a "performance award".
So, about halfway between Kiowa and the town of Elizabeth. There is located a small establishment called A1 Specialty Sales. It was this row of cars along the side of CO86 that had first attracted my eye and with the owner's permission, I posed Natasha along the front car row.
From this point on, the pictures were all taken by the Droid Camera except where noted. My Lumix camera battery indicator was flashing red at me and I saved its remaining charge for just a few photos.
This fire truck was actually not part of the first row but I thought it interesting enough to pose
Natasha by it. It's a 1971 Ward La France Fireball.
Not a bad looking color for this old time Chevy, no info on the site about it, sorry.
I'd never heard of a Kelmark GT Kit Car, it's a 1978 and apparently quite sporty
I remember as a kid, watching Herbie win races on the Sunday night showings of the Disney Show
This one is a 1971 Super Beetle.
According to their website, this is a 1936 Chevy Two Door Coupe Street Rod.
I liked its curving fenders.
Now we come to the car which had drawn my eye, it's headlights seemingly sprouting out of the front fenders, much like the Pierce Arrow that Gary France admired so much in his posting.
1988 Tiffany, hand-built by Classic Motor Carriages of Miami, FL
Apparently a replica of similar cars built back in 1941.
These first two pictures were taken using the Droid Camera, I would end up tilting back
up the right side fog lamp for the Lumix Camera's turn
Here's the Panasonic Lumix's rendition of the Tiffany motorcar
The sellers claims its one of only 600 made! Who's got a spare $29,500? Gary?
Not quite up to the standards set by the Pierce Arrow of course, but still quite the entrance once would make into the Country Club with something like this eh?
I returned home via the usual county roads, the sun had come out by then and it felt almost warm as I enjoyed the wooded and rolling hills scenery. Natasha got a small workout, about three hours of riding with perhaps 50 miles covered. I hope you liked the pictures, what did you think of the Droid vs the Panasonic?
I don't think I'll be using the Droid as the main camera any time soon, but it came in handy today when I set off without a fully charged digital camera!