On Saturday – we decided to walk through the Philomath Classic Car Show. Not only was it a good day to get out as summer has finally arrived here in the NW – but, as it turns out, I haven’t leveled a camera on a group of cars in some time.
To be honest – I find car shows one of the single most difficult places to photograph. Why? Well – for starters – most folks have an idea of what a ‘55 Chevy truck ought to look like. It’s a tall challenge to create a compelling car photo. And creating one at a car show – with people and clutter and more cars in the background is simply that much more of a task.
That said – every now and then – I like to go to a car show with a camera and see if I can possibly create an image or two.
For this one – I decided, for the most part, to restrict my tools and I shot most of the day with either the Lensbaby Sweet 35 or the Sigma 10mm fisheye.
The Lensbaby Sweet 35 (for folks not familiar with it – it’s a selective focus optic) is great for melting the back ground away in that Lensbaby blur. On the other hand, the fisheye requires a completely different approach – and I was often shooting just inches from the car in an attempt to eliminate background clutter.
When shooting classic cars (and really anything) – B&W can also be a pretty good tool to help eliminate background distractions.
And yes, my proof sheet has a whole bunch of bulbous bumpers in it from the fisheye – but I decided to save you from them. 🙂
If you check out the Camera47 Instagram feed – there’s a few more photos over there, too.