I’m not really into cars – well not in the sense of talking about engines and cylinder heads down the pub. If mine starts in the morning that’s all I need to know about it.
Morgan + Lensbaby plastic lens + barely perceptible chromatic aberration
However, cars do offer a real opportunity for some creative shooting. Some talented designer has spent months getting the perfect body shapes and colours. A looked after car has nice glossy paint, shiny glass and chrome so should look gorgeous. Even a rusty wreck should look good too.
So here are my best attempts so far – though it must be said I don’t find shooting cars that easy. Modern cars didn’t work that well, so these are all old ‘classics’. Don’t ask me what make/model they are – apart from the Jaguar, Morgan and the Jeep I haven’t a clue.
First a few shot on Agfaphoto APX100 developed in Rodinal 1+50 which gives it’s usual nice mid tones.
Jeep Steering Wheel
Another steering wheel on a military vehicle
APX100 toned in DXO filmpack
Just a wing mirror but a nice abstract
Don’t know what this is but it makes another nice abstract.
Second set is from some 1950s/60s cars, shot on the Lensbaby and run through the Canon 60D’s ‘Toy Camera’ creative filter. Other than these shots the creative filters haven’t been used that much, but it seems to work here.
Next a simple shot of a Jaguar headlight – can’t mess around with a classic.
And finally one from inside my car using the image in the side view mirror – just to be contrary.
As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.
Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.
I really must think of a better way to finish each article!