Local Car Show

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Robert Watcher, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    It was a good night heading down to the beach - turns out there was a local car show there.

    I had my E-PL3 with 14-42 kit lens as well as my 40-150 lens and switched them out as I took shots of a few cars that had character. Boy am I ever loving the flip out screen and used it for a majority of the shots. Not only did it allow for better angles without bending and contorting - but the look and size of the camera as well as my looking down composing on the horizontal screen - - - disarmed the car owners and people hanging around so that they didn't even pay attention to me.

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  2. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  3. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  4. zammer

    zammer Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 9, 2012
    Like the composition of those Robert...sometimes less is more!
     
  5. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thank you. :smile:
     
  6. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    With the last shot - - - while I loved the lines of the car, I wasn't going to bother taking the full shot (I took quite a few detail shots of it) because it was stuck in the middle of other cars and it created lots of clutter. Several years ago I shot a Love Story session using an old Lincoln in a very small garage - where I took out the background and gave the one full length shot more of a graphic look - - - as so I decided I'd take this shot and do the same with it. I loved the way the sun was coming through and wanted to leave the trees in front of the car, and so I just layed a gradient over the rest to make it stand out. I suppose I could have put a background in from some other place, but it probably would have looked fake anyway.

    From this shot and the others that I took with the sun flare coming into the shot - I am quite pleased at the way this 14-42 kit lens handles it - - - especially when compared to my 12-60mm which produces a terrible look.

    This is the shot straight from the camera, where I positioned the car in the top part of the frame for the visual that I had in my mind of how I would process it:

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  7. zammer

    zammer Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 9, 2012
    Interesting to see the actual shot vs your idea and how it turned out, looks good, thanks for the explanation.

    I used to get out to a lot of shows but its been awhile, lookin forward to using my e-pm1 and seeing what I can capture
     
  8. Uwharrie

    Uwharrie Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 10, 2012
    North Carolina
    Lynne Ezzell
    Love shooting old cars. Thanks for sharing!
     
  9. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I appreciate your replies. :thumbup:
     
  10. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    At first glance #1 looks like it could be a mirror image with the vertical line running almost right down the center.

    I really like #9. A crop of that shot would make a nice avatar photo.
     
  11. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    #1 is definitely a favorite of mine. It does have the apperance of bing a mirror image now that you mention that. I like your suggestion for #9. Thanks
     
  12. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I printed some of these images on my recently updated Epson R2000 yesterday. I must say that they look even more impressive in print at the large sizes.

    The angle that I photographed shots #1 and #6 (aided by my use of the E-PL3 screen folded down and viewing from above) - has given me the idea to create a series in this same style - - - where the hood ornament is front and center, fading off into the hood and windshield. Hopefully I'll be able to find some other car shows take place in a similar settup and lighting that seems to work, in getting the look and tonality that I got with these shots.

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