Round Rock Car Show

There is a monthly gathering of car enthusiasts in Round Rock and I stopped by one beautiful afternoon back in late October to meander around the parking lot. A hectic schedule late in the year created a backlog on my photo culling and processing. I’m trying to get caught up while I have a bit of vacation time over the holidays. As you can see, I’m doing a lot of black and white work in my automotive photography. This is typically an area where I can see an advantage to color images in a lot of cases. However, I find that monochrome images are my true preference. When I look at other photographers’ work, it is almost always the black and whites that I find myself lingering on.

My eye was again turned to details more so than the vehicles as a whole. Most of my time at the show was spent looking over the cars for interesting shapes, logos, lines, shadows, and shiny things. I attend gatherings like these regularly and I’m always searching for new ways to capture the experience. Here are a few of my favorites and if you like these, you can find more images on my gallery site. All photos were captured with my Fujifilm X100F.

British Invasion

I noticed that there was an all-British car show going on in downtown Round Rock, TX a couple weeks back. Always a sucker for a good car show, I headed down with my Fujifilm X100F and newly acquired TCL-X100 II conversion lens. This was as good an excuse as any for this car and motorcycle buff to try out that combination.

Normally I'd opt to shoot at a car show with the X100F's native 35mm-ish FF equivalent lens. A 35mm equivalent focal length is kind of a Goldilocks lens for me when photographing cars. Not too wide, not too constricted - just right. a 50mm equivalent using the conversion makes things a little more difficult to compose but luckily there was plenty of room to move around and back up as needed. If the future, I'll swap the conversion lens off and on but being that this was my first outing with it, I wanted to give it a thorough workout to get a good feel for it.

There were lots of beautifully restored machines out there. While I'm not a particularly huge Anglophile when it comes to cars, I do appreciate a good classic car of any origin. I enjoyed walking around and seeing all the Austin-Healeys, Triumphs, Jaguars and other great British marques. They aren't common sights in these parts. Enjoy a few of my favorite sightings.

Autos

Details

All photos were taken with a Fujifilm X100F with TCL-X100 II conversion lens (~50mm FF equivalent), Acros film simulation. Check out more photos from the show on my gallery site.

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Dia De Los Muertos in Round Rock

Halloween was yesterday and while that is a fun holiday, I tend to get more excited about Dia De Los Muertos. The "Day of the Dead" is a Mexican holiday that actually spans a couple of days - the first and second of November. It's a time to remember loved ones who have passed on and to invite their spirits to come back for a day and enjoy fellowship with the living. November 1 is centered around children and the 2nd is for adults. There are always celebrations in these parts of Texas that usually include parades and parties in the street. I got to attend Round Rock's event and join in on the fun.

I'm from San Antonio originally and while I was familiar with the holiday, I didn't know much about it. When my mother passed away a few years back, the priest who presided over her funeral services asked me for a photo of her for an altar at the church. That church kept an altar that they assembled for Dia De Los Muertos up for the whole month of November. As I learned more about it, I found great comfort in the customs of this holiday. The Mexican people have a beautiful way of looking at death. It is an inevitable part of life and Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration of the lives of our loved ones who have passed on. They are invited to return and enjoy life amongst their families and friends for a day. There is no grieving. One of the most beautiful things I've heard said about Dia De Los Muertos is that there can be no tears because we don't want to make the path back to the living world a slippery one. So instead we dance, we laugh, we remember, we eat and drink, we celebrate life. 

Dia De Los Muertos celebrations are a mix of customs and influences from Catholicism and Aztec rituals. It is popular for people to paint their faces to resemble whimsical skulls and wear colorful clothing. Some celebrations, such as the one in Round Rock, emphasize Aztec ritual garments and dancing. They are lively events with lots of happy faces. Here some of my favorite images of the beautiful living souls who attended.

All images were taken with a Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 50mm-140mm lens and Classic Chrome film simulation.