SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 059

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s stroll on memory lane is another quick one . . .

The photos are from THIS, and THIS Galleries, and both are from my pre-WordPress blogging days. That means that while a few of these photos might have appeared on random blog posts, there is no specific post related to these galleries . . . I think.

All the photos are from 2009 . . . it seems like ages ago, certainly more than saying “14 years” . . . I mean, yes, it’s more than 5,000 days ago, but so much has happened that it’s difficult remembering what we were doing (we were living in Colorado, I had a full-time job driving 90 miles a day — Monument to Woodland Park, Melisa worked part-time at William-Sonoma, we had a cat, I was still playing racquetball and golfing, my camera was still the Nikon D100, my phone was a Palm (the Centro, I think), and probably other things I don’t remember).

At the time, we thought the world was going to shit . . . while now we know it is.

There’s a lesson buried there . . . don’t fret about what’s currently happening because ten years from now, things will be worse, and these will be “the good-ole days!

Anyway, the first gallery is about a John Deere Model “B” that I used to see in an open field near where we lived (it’s now a subdivision).

John Deere Model “B”

I was still in the mode of showing some restraint when snapping photos — memory was still expensive back then — so the gallery only has ten photos, but it includes some neat winter shots.

Such is the weather in Colorado that those were taken about a week apart.

The second gallery showcases the new Camaro of a coworker. It was me trying my hand at product photos.

I’m trying to duplicate shots one sees in brochures and magazine ads . . . evidence for why I’m not in high demand when it comes to product photoshoots.

In my defense, I never claimed more than moderate talent in any of my hobbies.

The obligatory ‘weird angle’ shot

It may be worth noting that despite being a guy and having spent 30+ years working in the auto industry — or maybe because of it — I never had the urge or inclination to purchase a sports car.

Next up are the slideshows.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec (I didn’t include the captions because some are very long), but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. It will make it easier to read the captions.

I highly suggest watching these slideshows in full-screen mode, but that’s just me.

You’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug if you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the John Deere Model “B” Gallery — (10 photos)

Slideshow of the Non-transforming Camaro Gallery — (12 photos)

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