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Foto Friday #11

October 14, 2011

As a kid, I was always thought earth moving equipment like bulldozers, front loaders, backhoes, etc were cool.  I can remember when houses were being constructed down the street from my house and my friends and I would ride our bikes down and walk around the construction site.  We would explore the half constructed houses, looking for scrap wood that we could take to use for building our forts. Of course, I’m sure there was some law or code we were breaking by doing that, but we didn’t know any better.  There would always be some kind of equipment parked there just begging for us to climb up on it and pretend we were operating it.  I think one time, we even found the keys for one machine and started it up.  We were too scared to move any of the controls though and turned it off right away.  I guess there is something about the dirty, rugged earth moving machinery that appeals to boys.

I was out at the Colchester Rec Park a couple of weeks ago and sure enough there was a big ole’ front loader just sitting there along with a huge pile of dirt.  I’m not sure what the dirt was being used for, because they sure didn’t fix up the nearby baseball fields with it.  Of course, I had my trusty little Nikon D60 with me and grabbed these shots.  I ended up applying a preset in Lightroom to really emphasize the grittiness of the machinery.  It’s a little over the top, but it’s fun to push things a bit.

I hope you have a great Friday!  I know I will since my new iPhone 4S is showing up today.  🙂

Nikon D60 AF-S 18-55mm VR @ f5.6 ISO 800 1/100 - 1/320

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