Sometimes when in pursuit of a particular image, I come across something that turns out to be better than what I was looking for. My good friend and fellow photographer Geraint Smith and I were in southern Colorado looking for subjects when I happened on this old bulldozer parked in what appears to be its final resting place. Caterpillar produced the RD - 7 from 1935 to 1940 and it was the predecessor to the D - 7. I'm sure it would have some stories to tell if it could talk.
While there were several aspects of the dozer that were visually appealing, this is the one I liked most. I used a wide angle lens and positioned my self low to isolate the yellow of the tractor against the blue sky. The late afternoon light gave some nice shape to the various textures on the front and helped emphasize that the machine has been repainted multiple times during its long life. The size of the radiator and the vertical bars in front of the radiator screen let you know right away that this machine did serious work in its day.