This old, rusty toy fire truck has been parked in deep in the backyard behind the rental house we visit in Fair Harbor, Fire Island for a few years now. It’s turning into a planter all on its own. But this year I noticed a washboard placed alongside for decorative purposes, leaning up against a tree. I have no idea if this washboard is a reproduction or an antique, but it has a very rustic, weathered charm either way. The morning after a rain storm–ground and leaves still wet–was the perfect time to compose and capture a few images of the scene. I processed the above photo in sepia with heavy vignetting and some added grain for that old-timey look. Here’s one of the truck in black and white, without the washboard:
And here are two very lightly processed versions of the same photos in color, to give you a sense of what the damp, post-rain backyard scene really looked like.