Good Guys Spring Nationals, Automotive Details Pt. 1

T1i at 1/500 shutter, 4.5 aperture ISO 100

I will add more pictures to my behance profile, but here is the first part of a series of photos that I have taken.  I have always enjoyed taking pictures of cars, but after looking at what seemed like very similar pictures, I started thinking about what work goes into making each vehicle that I see.  Having been through five years of automotive design, I think that heightened that appreciation  led me to focus on sections or “details” of vehicles.  That and the slightly competitive desire to take better pictures of cars than those seen in the glossy publications dedicated to the subject.

Specifically with regard to above picture, classic, and vintage cars make for very intriguing pictures.  Although the design of vehicles today is interesting, there is a certain “safe” feeling to them, with many of them seeming similar or dare I say it, generic.  In success and failure, the older vehicles show how people tried to be different and daring with the technology they had access to.

Going to this show is the chance to see these vehicles in the steel.  Many are re-imagined by their owners.  Some are left as they are, and some become true gems of ingenuity.  It is a true gathering of vintage petrol heads.

The moon

taken with the standard lens that comes with the T1i

Since this is the closest the moon has been in 18 years I thought it might be prudent to test out the camera and see what it can do.  I had to do some sharpening with photoshop to get the detail.  What do you think?

Ford F150 Alternative

Its hard not to fall in love with the macho romance of trucks.   They’re big, they’re loud, they haul stuff (when that rare occasion occurs) and have big engines, and give you the chance to pretend you are wearing Stetsons and a Resistol hat or going to a construction site.  My first vehicle that I owned when I moved to Texas was a ’98 Dodge Dakota.  They are overall fun and unless you’re into “mudding”, they don’t get you into too much trouble without giving you a chance to get out of trouble.  I have a open desire to own one again.  Although having a sporty sedan is not a complaint (especially with today’s gas prices) that too gets old sometimes.

Anyway, here’s a F150 I sketched up a while back.  Throwing in some retro into a modern shape.  What would J. Mays think?