Ok – I’ll be the first to admit, I am not mechanically inclined or particularly interested in cars (old or new – it takes desperate circumstances for me to consider buying a new car). BUT for some reason I am drawn to classic cars – it must be the colors, the shapes, and all of the shiny surfaces. I convinced Peter to spend a Saturday evening at a classic car show near us, and armed myself with one lens – my very old and very precious 50mm.
Some things I found out:
- People are everywhere – and the shiny surfaces reflect them all. In many of my photos you will see people standing around me (and you’ll also see me).
- I used the 50mm at it’s lowest aperture which was great at blurring the distracting backgrounds.
- Lettering on the cars is difficult to get sharp, especially if you are using a low aperture to mask some of your surroundings and get faster speeds in low light.
- I preferred the close-ups and details than trying to get the whole car in the shot. Which would have been close to impossible, because they stacked one right next to the other.
- I liked trying to convey movement like in the cover image – by capturing the tail light and side detailing, but blurring almost everything gave you a sense of the car in motion.
- I’m still having fun with my special processing actions from JHP Actions. I like the vintage looks, but also, some of the really modern looks that are contrasty.
The only injuries I had to avoid were people tripping over me as I got low to the ground (and spilling beer all over my equipment).
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