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Car Curves – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This week’s photo shoot comes from an air show I attended last weekend. As part of the activities there was also a classic car competition. I love restored classic cars from an aesthetic viewpoint. It seems that “back in the day” automakers almost sculpted the lines and curves on cars. Fenders weren’t just part of the side, they were a statement to themselves. Let’s not forget the front grille, they weren’t just a ventilation system for the engine; they were a calling card about what the car stood for. Was it a muscle car exuding power or a luxury car selling that sleek curvy look?

From my perspective, the lines and curves of those great classic cars are an artistic opportunity. I try and shoot elements of the car to tell a story. With that being said, I have attached three separate shots in color and black and white. They both bring different elements to a photograph and tell different stories. The last two shots are not as dramatic between the two as both of those cars were black to begin with.

Car Curves 1

Car Curves 1

This first shot is a beauty. Look at the color and the pristine condition. I love the curve of the fender up against the curve of the hood. The shine is so clear; you can see the photographer in a reflection on the hood taking the shot.

Car Curves 2

Car Curves 2

Same shot in black and white. Since there isn’t any color to pull the eye, the lines stand out more. The grille is sleek conforming to the curves of the fender and hood.

Car Curves 3

Car Curves 3

This shot is a classic for me; I so remember this grille as a kid. It has a strong, sinister look that I know the automaker looked at as a statement of a powerful engine, but to a kid it looked like something coming down the road that could swallow you whole.

Car Curves 5

Car Curves 5

Same shot in black and white. There isn’t much difference, since the car is black and I’m not pleased with my composition. I know I was trying to cut out a person that was in the frame on the right side of the car, but the end result still needed to be symmetrical from this perspective. Not one I will use, but wanted to at least show the massive death grinning grille.

Car Curves 5

Car Curves 5

The last shot is a focus on the headlight and bumper. The bumper looks like it’s packing a torpedo; can anyone say “James Bond”?

Car Curves 6

Car Curves 6

Again the black and white isn’t much different since the car was black to begin with, but it pulls the eye to the curves and contrast between the chrome and black.

Thoughts?

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The Unexpected Classic Car – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I wanted to share two shots I took of a classic car. I say classic, because it sure looks classic. I have no idea what type and year this car is, but it looks great and makes for great photography. The real story of these shots is where they were taken and how I happened to come across the opportunity.

Classic car 1

Classic car 1

A couple of weekends ago, my wife and I took a quick road trip to the northern part of Arizona to get out of the desert heat. One of our stops was an old mining town called Jerome. What makes Jerome unique is the topography in where this town was built. It is literally on the side of a mountain with Main Street looping itself back and forth in switchbacks. Imagine the elevation change between the blocks of buildings. No matter which street you are on, you are looking over the top of the buildings of the street below you. It truly is a photographers dream place, because of all of the interesting historic paraphernalia throughout town from the buildings themselves to old mining cars, etc. We stopped and started exploring. I came across a steep staircase along the side of one of the buildings that led to a deck overlook of the valley floor below. Once I got down to the deck, I saw a door that led into what would have been a basement two stories below the street level with large windows and more viewing areas to the valley below. Imagine my surprise to find a couple of little shops, an artist studio and this classic car in this lower level. I have no idea what the purpose or point was, but loved the look of the car and snapped off a few shots. At the time, I was thinking these will make great black and white prints, so I tried a number of different angles. The two I have attached are my favorite. I did convert them to black and white, but realized that the high gloss and the strong reflective glare from ceiling lights really looked good in the original color shot. Thoughts?

Classic Car 2

Classic Car 2

More unique shots from Jerome coming next week!

 

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