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My name is Art Smith and I am a retired business owner living here in Austin Texas.
I sold my Electronics business back in 2002 to spend more time with my family and to pursue my hobbies.
My two absolute favorite hobbies are Classic Cars and Photography… naturally, a LOT of my pictures are of Classic Cars and Automotive related stuff.
I am an amateur photographer still trying to learn how to take a decent picture.



A wonderful photographer,  Russ from Dervish Images ( ) has nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award !
I am deeply honored that a photographer and artist as good as Russ would like my work enough to nominated me…….. Thank you Russ !

   The Rules Are:

1) Thank the person that nominated you — and link back to their blog

2) List seven random things about yourself

3) Nominate fifteen other blogs

4) Notify the other nominees

5) Put the Award Logo on your blog

So here we go……………

1) Thank you again Russ from Dervish Images

I am married with two grown children and one granddaughter

I love dogs

I love being around the water (coast, lakes, rivers, etc)

In retirement, I have MORE friends now than I ever had when I was working – guess I just have more time now

I enjoy music a LOT !

I plan to take my wife on a surprise trip to Italy (hope she doesn’t see this)

My Granddaughter makes me happy when I am around her


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  1. 08/5/2012


    I am liking you site and your photography more every time I check it out. Nice style.

    • 08/5/2012

      Thank you VERY MUCH Too Low !
      I really appreciate your comment and your return visits !

  2. 08/16/2012

    I like your photos! they have really good colors and happy feelings. 🙂

    • 08/17/2012

      Thank you VERY much Dawn — that is a very nice compliment — and I really do appreciate it!

  3. 08/17/2012

    Very nice photos, I think you can at least call yourself an Advanced Amateur.

    • 08/17/2012

      Well Thank You Chuck — I really appreciate your saying that !
      It sure is a fun hobby — and I learn more each time I go shoot…..

  4. 08/18/2012

    Hi there Art,

    Thanks for stopping by The Legion of Door Whores and for leaving a like for one of my images, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time, please take a look at my blog sites and , I do hope you will take a look and enjoy what you see there!..You have a really nice site here, certainly one worthy of a follow. Thanks again, Regards Mark

  5. 08/18/2012

    Hey artsmith7 … I’m an 85 year old curmudgeon living in Kerrville, Texas and doing my thing making digital images, slide shows and now I’m struggling to branch into video and movie making. My daughter just recently set up this WordPress account and I’m slowlin learning to post and navigate the troubled waters of cyber travel. My specialty is movie reviews for a group of senior folks. Happiness is doing and I believe one of the last thing we can do is watch movies … so it goes. Talk later.

  6. 08/19/2012

    Art, I came upon a comment you made on a post about Ford and technology. Your gallery style blog is terrific! Just wanted to share that I have a friend in SC who is also retired, a hobby photographer, and a classic car enthusiast. He has four vintage Fords and is part of a car club. Just thought it was an interesting coincidence. : )

    • 08/19/2012

      Honie — an interesting coincidence indeed ! I think there might be a lot of us old retired guys out there who are trying to re-live our youth — ha
      Thanks for your comment !

  7. 08/19/2012

    Hey thanks for enjoying my blog yesterday of at KeysNKeys. Hope I can continue to be a source of Tech and cars news for you in the future and it always good to meet a Ford fan!

  8. 08/21/2012

    A great passion of mine is classic cars so I’ll be following your sight with interest.

    • 08/21/2012

      Great — will post more cars soon then
      Thanks for your comment

  9. 08/22/2012

    Love your blog, Art! It’s right up my alley! Great photos.

  10. 08/22/2012

    Hi I find your blog a very interesting place to spend time I have nominated you for a One Lovely Blog award, for more details please see here:

    • 08/22/2012

      Russ — Thank you so much — I am honored by your nomination. I will figure out the rules and participate asap. Thank you again

  11. 08/23/2012

    Adore that entry!

    • 08/23/2012

      Thank you Linda ! That is exactly how I meant it to be too — the “entry” to my site —
      Nice catch — loved your site as well Linda. My wife is a BIG flower person — so I showed her your site — and she was in love !

  12. 08/23/2012

    Thanks for liking my page “Beauty is Simple”. I appreciate the visit.

  13. 08/25/2012

    Terrific photos, Art.

  14. 08/25/2012

    Have had a quick look through your lovely images and I will be back. Really nice stuff!

  15. 08/26/2012

    Thanks for dropping by at my blog and liking my post. Love your photos. For me they are just perfect. Love the states and your culture 🙂 I share your passion for classic cars and photography. Have a look at my galleries if you like. All the best, Artis/ Alex Christopher

  16. 08/26/2012

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Beautiful photos!

  17. 08/27/2012

    Some really cool photos you have up here – keep it up!

  18. 08/28/2012

    Hey Art! I’m with ya on the Classic Cars and Photography. I live north of Houston and there is a parking lot car show that I have been itching to go to. I am also an newbie photographer, & got some books but still very green. Growing as a photographer will be very rewarding and I wish u all the best. God bless!

  19. 08/29/2012

    Ooooh! What VIVID captures! You know how to create a pin-up – – *SWOON*

  20. 08/29/2012

    Mr. Smith,
    Thanks for following Sunset Garage. We are just getting started so it is nice to know that you were already able to find us. We have lots of great content coming soon, so please check back often. We also had a look at your photos and they are beautiful. They are attractive and classy and we are big fans of your work. So much so, that we would be happy to have you as a contributor to Sunset Garage.
    Thanks again for the Follow.
    the Sunset Garage team

  21. 08/30/2012

    Absolutely gorgeous work for being an ‘amatuer’! I love how when we get to your blog, it looks more like a website w/a slide show!

  22. 08/31/2012

    Your work is excellent

  23. 08/31/2012

    Hello Art. Thanks for stopping by again and liking my post Mimicking. What are you using for your slideshow may I ask?

    • 08/31/2012

      I bought the Premium Theme “Photography” and the slideshow is built in Art

  24. 08/31/2012

    Decent? I think you have a very keen eye for colour and composition (being a car buff is bonus points!) – Keep on shooting and thanks for liking my blog.

  25. 08/31/2012

    I believe you’ve moved way beyond the “decent photo” stage! Your photographs are wonderful … such clarity, true color, great composition. I am happy to have found your blog. I am a seventy-year-old woman from Victoria, Texas.

  26. 09/1/2012

    You’ve long surpassed “decent”! I love your art. You have a new fan from Australia!

    • 09/1/2012

      Thanks Mirella ! I would love to come see Australia some day — never been there.

  27. 09/1/2012

    You’re doing a great job – keep it up!

  28. 09/2/2012

    Love your photos!

  29. 09/2/2012

    Thanks for the visit, Art!

    Come on over to The Muddy Kitchen and snap some pics! My old friend (a photo buyer for ad agencies) just wrote me and said, “I love you’re blog, and please don’t get offended by this, but your photos suck!” I wasn’t offended because I AM a naturally terrible photographer! Actually SKILLED at the art of the bad photo! She’s right!

    So I NEED you, Art! Please stop by.


  30. 09/2/2012

    Thanks very much Art for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award……… its a greatly appreciated honour. I shall be very interested to have a look around your blog in the coming days. Regards, John.

    • 09/2/2012

      Your photography is GREAT John — you deserve it sir

  31. 09/8/2012

    You have a really nice blog!! I plan to look at more of your pix when I get some minutes, but I especially liked a couple in the small town texas section thus far! The washateria and the interior with red walls in particular are really splendid!

  32. 09/8/2012

    nice photos you have here, and i agree with one of your followers here that indeed, you are already an advanced amateur photographer.



  33. 09/11/2012

    You have great shots here, like it!

  34. 09/11/2012
    dave the muse

    Love your photos and have bookmarked your site. Will be returning. Promised.

  35. 09/13/2012
    Dorothy Lynn

    Your photography is wonderful! So clear and direct!

  36. 09/14/2012

    Dear Art, I was absolutely surprised of your photos and site. You have a special sense of seeing things and about your technique…you’re not amateur at all!!! And above all…because of your images, I wanna visit, Texas…:)

  37. 09/14/2012
    Allan G. Smorra

    I like your site and your photos, Art. The Austin Power plant really speaks to me.

  38. 09/14/2012

    I spent a little time looking at your photos of windows. We don’t think much about them even we look out of at least one everyday. Windows have a lot of character and you captured that.

  39. 09/17/2012

    Enjoyed your photos!

  40. 09/19/2012

    Excellent photographs and photo stories Art! Very enjoyable to browse through.

  41. 09/22/2012

    Thanks for liking my post.I love the classics.They just don’t make cars like they used to.

  42. 09/22/2012

    I enjoy visiting you gallery. I get ideas on how to set up my personal website.

  43. 09/23/2012

    Art – You have amazing photos! Love them!

  44. 09/23/2012

    Learning how to take a decent picture? 😉 That is the best understatement I have seen lately. Your pictures are darn good!
    And thanks for taking the time to browse my page.

  45. 09/24/2012

    You have beautiful photos! I look forward to following your blog.

  46. 09/24/2012

    Your work is beautiful!

  47. 09/26/2012

    Hi Art
    Thank you for reading my blog. I thought I would pop on over and have a wee look at what you are about and WOW!! Your photos are simply beautiful. Each one tells a story and I love photography like that. I am a total amature and aspire to one day be able to capture images like yours.

  48. 09/27/2012

    Oh, I don’t think you are an amateur photographer. Your work is quite good.

  49. 10/2/2012
    A Table in the Sun

    Hooray for a happy retirement. I’m almost 54, but longing to join the slower pace of retirement. Now….about that lottery ticket……


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