Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “Pioneer Acres

Steam Motion

Steam Motion

 

There really is nothing like standing next to one of these monsters. The piston fires and the flywheel spins, and the whole unit shakes. I hoped to convey some of the action by capturing some of the movement by blurring with a slow shutter.

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Tractor Show

TRactor show

 

The tractors are on display on the ground at Pioneer Acres near Irricana, Alberta but the display in the sky was also spectacular.

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Wooden Tracks

Wooden Tracks

 

Metal tracks can be very rough and give a harsh ride. Someone has added wooden planks to the track pads on this machine.

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Weather Worn

Weather Worn

 

Tires are an expensive part of maintenance of farm machinery. As they age, the rubber becomes less pliant becomes cracked and weathered. It makes for interesting patterns.

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Caterpillar

Caterpillar

 

Everyone knows the familiar yellow construction equipment. This was the original Caterpillar logo. It was used from 1925 to 1931 and I suppose represents a creepy crawler.

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Building A Head Of Steam

Build A Head Of Steam

 

These old steam tractors are some of my favourite pieces of machinery. Standing next to one you can feel the power and the potential. I wanted to make the motion of the piston and flywheel visible, so I used a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second to get just a little bit of blur in the moving parts while keeping the boiler sharp on a handheld shot. I hadn’t noticed the dust spots on the lens and didn’t want to try to clean them all up, so I decided to leave them in and go for a more old timey image.

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Old Canadian Kenworth

Old Canadian KW

 

I’m not sure the exact year of this old Kenworth truck but I would place it from the 1960’s. Unfortunately he was just leaving as I showed up. The cue that you can’t see is the narrow grille. Some that you can see are the butterfly opening hood and the integrated fender fuel tank.

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Grey Horse Portrait

Grey Horse Portrait

 

There are some times when you just make a connection with an animal. In this case, a horse looks you in the eye and acknowledges you. All I can do is take it’s picture and capture the moment.

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Four Horse Power

Four Horse Power

 

This four horse team of greys had two that were nearly white and two darker horses. This team was waiting patiently in line to parade the cultivator and packer in front of the grandstands. Taken at the annual Reunion at Pioneer Acres in Irricana, Alberta.

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Buick Fins

Buick Fins

 

Cars from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s carry a certain fascination for me. I really like the body lines and styling which is unlike anything modern cars have to offer. Buicks with their cowl mounted port holes and this one with it’s jet exhaust style tail lights, symbolize, for me, the best of Detroit at it’s finest. Taken at this year’s Reunion at Pioneer Acres in Irricana, AB.

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Ready The Team

Ready The Team

After obtaining permission, I approached the front of the stalls to watch this horseman harness his team.

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Old Steam Tractors

Rumely Oil Pull

This old Rumely Oil Pull tractor is still running as it makes it round in front of the grandstand.

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It’s A Massey-Harris

Massey-Harris Model #44 "Orchard"

This is a rare Massey-Harris model #44 Orchard number 25 out of 125 produced.

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The Green Machine

Waterloo Boy

Founded in 1893 as the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company. The original intent was to sell John Froelich’s gasoline tractor. Only four were produced in the first three years, and all were returned by their buyers. The company reorganized as the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, and focused on selling stationary engines. The company re-entered the tractor market with its Waterloo Boy tractor in 1913. Deere & Company purchased Waterloo for $2.34 million in 1918.

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My Favorites

Diamond T

This Diamond T pickup truck is probably my favorite of all the vehicles that I saw on the day at Pioneer Acres in Irricana, Alberta.

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Tractors You May Not Know

Hart Parr

Pioneer Acres in Irricana, Alberta is home to some great old tractors. Well known brands and also some lesser recognised names. These may not be known to you.

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Built Like A Mack Truck

1912 Mack

In 1911 Mack merged with Sauer Motor Company and became the International Motor Truck Corporation, not to be confused with International Harvester the maker of International trucks.

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Gee Our Old LaSalle Ran Great

LaSalle Flying Lady

The LaSalle Flying Lady is possibly the nicest hood ornaments of all North American cars.

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