Transportation Thursday: Photographing Your Own Car

Automobiles make great photographic subjects. Whether photographing a Ferrari on a road course or enjoying the quiet elegance of a vintage Packard Sport Phaeton parked on the manicured grass of the 18th Hole at Pebble Beach, cars and photography are a natural combination. Get out your camera and lets make some pictures of these cars!

On any given weekend there’s a car show or Concours d’Elegance happening somewhere. You will find information about these shows in newspapers, enthusiast publications, and the Internet. A growing phenomenon within America’s car culture is impromptu shows not associated with a special event or organization but occur on a regular basis at a local donut shop or burger joint. These gatherings are harder to find but make the effort because they are smaller in size and attract a different kind of enthusiast and cars. Visit shops that cater to cool cars, such as tire and wheel stores, upholstery, or paint shops, in short anyplace where you see interesting cars parked outside. Ask about upcoming shows and locations, including those informal get togethers.

Tip: There isn’t always a car show scheduled so why not shoot your own car? The top photo of my old Mercedes 320 SLK ( my wife still misses that car) was made in a local park using a Casio EX-F1 and the camera’s 16×9 ratio capture mode. Exposure was 1/640 sec at f/8 and ISO 200 in Aperture Priority (Av) mode. It was temporarily parked between two “No Parking” signs, so I “temporarily” parked it jumped out, and made a few exposures before jumping back in and motoring on.

I invite you to visit my car photography website and see some of automobile photography that’s collected into four galleries. It includes it’s own how-to blog (separate from this one) that’s regularly updated.

Author: Joe Farace

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