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P.S. Dean Huggins’ Old Wagon

Dean Huggins, of Newman Lake, snapped this photo in the Hauser Lake area. Dean tells Huckleberries: "A local hobbyist rebuilds old wagons on his property in his spare time. He was generous with information about the names and dates of the wagons he had on site. I did not know for instance that Studebaker made wagons before they made cars. Also John Deere made wagons but they were not painted the John Deere color back then. Now the wagon colors are 'old wood' and 'moss.'"  You can read how Dean set up this shot in drop-down box. (You can view more of Dean's photos of his Facebook wall here.)

For this shot, Dean was tripod-mounted and tried to capture the most technical part of an old wagon, the axles, suspension, and wheels while still trying to maintain the sense of 'old.'" Dean: "I used a wide angle lens up close to exaggerate the wheel stance and keep the cropping close to take out the unwanted subjects such as the neighbors yard and large trees. this was one of the angles I chose for that reason. I shot this in digital, full frame and 25 mega pixels. I then processed the RAW image in photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro to get the old film feel without the film grain look. I vignetted the edges to give it an even closer crop."

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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