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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single frame: Cormorant hood ornament

A Packard hood ornament on Tri-X.


10 thoughts on “single frame: Cormorant hood ornament

  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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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