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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Lovely images. I had the unexpected opportunity to take photos of vintage cars recently (including a Batmobile – seriously) and I had the same problem with unwanted self portraits because the cars were so well maintained! My efforts simply don’t match the standard of yours though, wonderful stuff!
Thank you for the kind words – I would have loved to see the Batmobile! Is your photo posted anywhere?
I really like these! Vintage cars just are so sexy and curvy! You did these justice.
Thank you so much – I am now on a quest to find more (hopefully in more scenic locations ;)).