Classics – Vintage Airplane and Trucks

When I am taking photographs either black and white or color, I am constantly visualizing the most interesting way to frame “the shot”. My framing visualization is always looking for interesting angles and unique presentations, not necessarily to show entire subjects or broad landscapes. I try to peak the viewers interest and evoke an interest in what they are seeing. The best example I can think of is macro shots of flower blooms and buds. By taking just a section and focusing on that portion only, you see the detail of the bloom that you wouldn’t necessarily see when included with a garden shot or total plant shot.

I used the same approach with the attached three photographic art prints.  The common theme between them is two-fold: they are all classic/vintage forms of transportation and all three highlight specific shapes and colors to draw your eye in.

We start with “Black Propeller”. This is a single engine prop plane from World War Two. I took a  number of shots of this plane from almost every angle. I kept coming back to this “macro” shot of the propellers. The thing that drew my eye in was the color of the black propellers in front of the bright yellow casing of the engine. That was the starting point and then the intricacy of the engine and finally the detail reflected in the chrome center cap of the propellers. You can see people and their shadows looking at this plane.

“Green Classic Truck’ was another shoot that I did from all angles. This shot in my perspective told the story best of the truck (what you don’t see are items in the back flatbed that weren’t pertinent to the era this vehicle represents). This particular shot and the angle tell the story of this deep green classic/vintage truck with the wood doors and curved running board becoming the fender. Your eye gets pulled to the bench front seat over to the windshield with the single wiper blade. I also liked the positioning which allows a peak of the activity behind the truck. The people under umbrellas at tables added an additional element.

We end with “Pale Green Classic Chevy Truck”. Of course I had to present the front grille to start the visual journey of this beauty. From the grille your eye travels down to the wide white-walled tires up to the visor at the top of the windshield. I was fortunate in this shot that there wasn’t any distracting items or activities immediately around the truck to take away from the look of this classic/vintage vehicle.


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18 thoughts on “Classics – Vintage Airplane and Trucks

  1. Sandra

    Loved these photos! Tried to like, but for some reason, for the past week, none of the like buttons work for me. Great shots though.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Darlene….I think part of the irony to me is that classic cars like these that have been rebuilt to their hay day are actually nicer looking than the originals in most cases! Love the look so not complaining!! Thanks for stopping by Darlene!!

  2. Sue Slaght

    Kirt that is such a great tip about not trying to show the whole of an object. I love the idea of creating intrigue. Taking that tool and putting it in my back pocket the next time I’m trying to frame something that doesn’t really fit.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Always look for the aspect that really appeals to you and work at framing that in an interesting way…thanks for the feedback and you of all people see some really beautiful and intriguing things across the planet!!

  3. saymber

    The Classic Green Truck really stood out for me but they are all top notch as always. I understand what you were talking about with trying to find interesting frames for your pictures. It is a challenge!

  4. Diane Henders

    Love them all! We were thrilled to discover that there’s a huge classic car club in our area – hundreds of vehicles of the same vintage as the ones in your photos. You’d have so many great subjects, you wouldn’t know where to start!

  5. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Kirt, I enjoyed your commentary at least as much as the beautiful photos. Yes, that light green truck is a real beauty! I see what you mean by the angles. Particularly on the plane, a very subtle difference from facing it “dead on” but it made a huge difference in the artistry of the image. Marvelous post, my friend. Hugs.


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