single frame: Cormorant hood ornament


Cormorant hood ornament
Pentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-M
Kodak Tri-X 400 (at EI 200 by mistake)

Early Packard automobiles had an array of stunning hood ornaments. You might think this bird is a swan, but you’d be wrong; it’s a cormorant. You’d find cormorant hood ornaments on the finest Packards.

If I had not shot this at EI 200 by mistake, I might not have gotten just this perfect look.

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10 responses to “single frame: Cormorant hood ornament”

  1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    This is a lovely shot Jim. The out-of-focus higlights (I hesitate to use the term “bokeh balls” :) ) in the background really add to the image.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh thank you. This is one of my favorite shots of all time.

  2. brandib1977 Avatar

    Moody and beautiful. This is one of your best! Not to mention, I’ve never seen a hood ornament quite like this one. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! I really love this one. The hood ornament is off a Packard, which had many different and equally lovely hood ornaments in its day.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        There’s a Packard Museum in Dayton that I’ve been meaning to visit. Now I want to go just to look at hood ornaments. Lol.

  3. Reinhold Graf Avatar

    Wonderful 👍

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you!

  4. Dan James Avatar

    Brilliant Jim, as I’ve probably said before I think your classic car images are your best photos I’ve seen.

    I seem to recall that in the 60s many cars over here had these kind of figurines – Rolls Royce and Jaguar being amongst the best known. I also seem to remember that due to some health and safety law they were banned on new cars due to potential damage to pedestrians in the case of impact.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There has been a lot of redesign of car front ends to minimize harm to pedestrians on impact! It’s radically changed car design, actually; it’s part of why cars have such high sills now and therefore smaller windows on the sides.

      1. Dan James Avatar

        Ah I see. I have a Seat Altea, which has pretty high doors, with less glass than you’d expect, I think this is what you’re talking about. I need the Seat “jacked up” quite high to be able to see clearly out the side windows.

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