Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not
Jul18

Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not

“I love cold, rainy weather.”—Catherine Bell There are a few photographers that don’t want to venture out in the rain, afraid that their cameras and lenses, or perhaps their own delicate selves, will be damaged. (After all, look what water did to the witch in the Wizard of Oz.) Don’t be afraid of getting wet. You can always cover your camera with my old stand-by shower cap that most decent (anyway) hotels provide in...

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Summertime Means it’s Racing Season
Jun26

Summertime Means it’s Racing Season

I often get questions about photographing racecars and while most of those questions are about capturing on-track action, that’s only part of the deal. The part we don’t often talk about is safety when around fast cars. Some of this advice may seem obvious but if you follow these tips, I’ll guarantee it will result in better images because there won’t be any distractions. Park your vehicle in a designated parking spot in a designated...

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Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO
May26

Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO

One of my favorite car shows is the annual Classic Rock Cruise-In that’s being held on June 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event is held on streets of Castle Rock, Colorado, which was founded in 1874. Castle Rock is just off Interstate 25 and is 28 miles south of Denver and 37 miles north of Colorado Springs, making it easy to get to from anywhere in Colorado’s front range. Space is available for 300 cars and while I didn’t...

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Wordy Wednesday #442: Homage to Jerry Garcia
May17

Wordy Wednesday #442: Homage to Jerry Garcia

“I’m gonna beat it on down the line.”—The Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. He performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995.). The VW Microbus was also a symbol of the 1960s....

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Wordy Wednesday #430: It’s All About ‘Patina’
Feb22

Wordy Wednesday #430: It’s All About ‘Patina’

A patina is a coating of various chemical compounds, such as oxides or carbonates, that are formed on the surface of metal or other material. Usually this is simply caused to exposure to weather and time. The word itself comes from the Latin word meaning “shallow dish.” Under natural weathering, patina in old cars takes many years to develop with those in damp climates developing patina layers faster than ones in dry areas. Material...

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Wordy Wednesday 427: The 427 Cobra
Feb01

Wordy Wednesday 427: The 427 Cobra

“I thought it was stupid to have a 1918 taxicab engine in what Europeans like to call a performance car when a little American V-8 could do the job better.”—Carroll Shelby Is their a more iconic number in the automotive world than 427? Especially when combined with the words Shelby Cobra? These cars are million dollar collectibles now with one model—the first Congra built—selling for $13.75 million dollars and it...

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Wordy Wednesday #233: “Old Truck on the Plains”
Oct26

Wordy Wednesday #233: “Old Truck on the Plains”

A barn find is a classic car or motorcycle that has been discovered, often in derelict condition. The term comes from their tendency to be found in places such as barns and outbuildings where they have been stored for many years. Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 10-22mm lens and an exposure of 1/320 sec at f/11 and ISO 400. Tweaked in Google’s free Vivenza software. Tomorrow on my automobile photography website/blog,...

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