This is the passenger side door handle from my beloved (and no-longer-extant) 1970 Volkswagon Beetle—a plain Beetle, none of that ‘super’ stuff—that was destroyed by a nice woman in a 1984 Ford Bronco in 1998 or 1999. I’m not really sure of the date any more…

I think the police must have brought me the handle, because I had to chase the nice woman down, and this went spinning away and skittered around the highway after she hit me and then tried to flee the scene. (Thankfully, those Beetles were tough little cars, and I was able to chase her down despite the Bronco-shaped dent in the side, and despite being covered in glass, bleeding from various safety glass nicks, and with the passenger door practically in my lap.)

Or maybe I picked it up later, when I went to visit the Professor in her final resting place. I don’t recall. But I’ve carried it with me ever since.

Anyway. I was hunting around for something to shoot, and I spotted this on the bookshelf. I shot it about 80 times in a box made out of 4 sheets of white foam core that I picked up at the Michael’s earlier today (2/$3 for 20x30inch sheets at the Michael’s on Greenville, near Lover’s, if you’re nearby and in need of some).

I was not particularly happy with any of the pictures I made.

Anyway. As I was postprocessing, a thought occurred. Why not shoot just this one thing for a full week, try out different lenses, from different angles, with various light modifiers, under a variety of conditions, etc.?

Brilliant, yes? I think so. We’ll see if it’s still recognizable by next Saturday…

D7000, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, ISO100, 1/250th, f/8; SB-700 at 1/64th, I think, but that’s about all I remember about that (remind me to take notes…).

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