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Pearsonville Junkyard @ Twilight – Pearsonville, CA

February 16th, 2011 by Stu

Pictured Above: “Floating Headlights” - Night photography from Troy Paiva - 1963 Chrysler Imperial at the Pearsonville Junkyard (Night, full moon, 2 minute exposure, natural and lime-gelled flashlight, red-gelled strobe flash)

Another amazing crop of night photos from the dark prince of automobiles Troy Paiva. This time around, Troy explored the legendary Pearsonville Junkyard, known by many as the “Hubcap Capital of the World.” In case you haven’t seen Troy’s emotive twilight snaps on Man on the Move before, allow us to fill you in. Troy stalks and shoots abandoned places and junkyards by the light of the full moon and uses flashes and flashlights to light the scene during the time exposures. And to you all you naysayers out there, the photos you’re seeing are not Photoshop creations. Some minor digital adjustments are made to a few of the photographs (multi-exposure compositing, contrast adjustments and minor cloning), but the lighting FX and color are all done “in-camera”. Here is what Troy has to say on Pearsonville…

“Once home to 4,000 vehicles and a popular quarter-mile race track, Pearsonville has been almost completely cleaned out in recent years. Still, there is a whole range of interesting and rare 50s-70s iron in here. There are NINE Edsels in here alone! Sadly, Pearsonville is in the process of being liquidated and is about 90% gone at this point. Tragic I know, but at least it gives the work more poignancy.”

We agree Troy! Thanks for the awesome batch of photos.

“Bucket Express” - A 50′s vintage bus at the legendary Pearsonville Junkyard. Once home to 4,000 vehicles, it’s been 3/4 cleaned out in recent years after old man Pearson died. Still, there is a whole lot of interesting iron in here for a geek like me to shoot. No telling how long this place will be around .

“Series Sixty-Two” - A 1956 Cadillac converted into an RV at the legendary Pearsonville Junkyard. Once home to 4,000 vehicles, it’s been 3/4 cleaned out in recent years after old man Pearson died. Night, full moon, 2 minute exposure, red-gelled strobe flash, natural, red and blue-gelled LED flashlight.

“Rasta-Ribbean” – Mid 50s Packard Caribbean at the Pearsonville junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, red-gelled LED flashlight.

Source: ©Troy Paiva / Lost America (images used with permission) – These images shot in March, June, July, October 2008, March, October 2009 and March, April, September 2010.

“Hover Ram” – 1957 Rambler Cross Country wagon at the Pearsonville junkyard in eastern California. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon red and lime-gelled strobe flash, natural LED flashlight.

“Ten Years Apart” - ’53 and ’63 Lincoln-Mercury products at the Pearsonville junkyard. Night, 90 second exposure, full moon, natural and lime-gelled LED flashlight.

“Breezeway” – The bizarrely canted “Breezeway Backlight” on a brush-painted and tattered ’63 Mercury Monterey at the Pearsonville junkyard. That window rolled up and down. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, natural LED flashlight.

“Beak” - 1971 Ford Thunderbird at the legendary Pearsonville junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, red-gelled strobe flash, natural LED flashlight.

“Blood & Guts” - 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo at the Pearsonville, California Junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, red and blue-gelled flashlight.

“Gangster” - 1948 Packard at the Pearsonville, California Junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, natural, green and lime-gelled flashlight.

“Dia-Log” – Heavy-duty, post-war International Truck used as a cable and wire install vehicle at the Pearsonville, California Junkyard. The back of this truck opens like a roll-top desk and there’s a huge spool in the rear. May be a one of a kind vehicle. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, red and purple-gelled strobe flash, natural flashlight.

“The Gilded One” - Late ’60s Cadillac Eldorado at the Pearsonville, California Junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, orange-gelled flashlight. Tungsten balanced.

“The Three Ed’s” – Three 1959 Edsel Fords parked outside the abandoned racetrack, totally forgotten at the Pearsonville, California Junkyard.

“Super 88″ - You fans of my car work are in for a treat: I went back to the amazing Pearsonville junkyard for 2 more nights in June. Here comes the start of a massive blast of new automotive images. 1961 Oldsmobile.

“Bullet Bird” – 1963 Ford Thunderbird at the amazing Pearsonville junkyard.

“Dart Seneca” A 1960 Dodge at the Pearsonville junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, red, blue and green-gelled strobe flash.

“Leaping Newport” – A 1962 Chrysler Newport at the Pearsonville junkyard. Night, 2 minute exposure, full moon, natural, red and lime-gelled flashlight. Combination of 2 exposures.

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