Playing around in garage ...
... 'cause way too cold to be outside
Hints: for 'shape' rotate image 90 degrees CW and imagine putting camera against car looking forward (door handle), for 'curves' get really close to the tail lights-the part that wraps around to the side of the car.
Used a 105mm micro lens to get really smooth blurring.
A weekend ago there was an Indycar race in Newton Ia. The Drive up was not so good but once there we liked theseats (up in the glassed in area) and theview was great (above the start finish line). Got to tour thegarage and see how the garage doors were setup showing which drivers belonged to which cars. Then it rained and the pit lane gotsoggy. Finally cars camerolling out and next what we all were waiting for, the green flag . Of course there's always an Ooops - nobody hurt. The race ended after midnight and I didn't wait for the victory lane celebration - too tired.
Tried to add this as comment with no success:
Tried the whole panning thing but it didn't turn out well for several reasons. First I was pretty far above and away from the track which meant cars crossing the start/finish line were 'below' the concrete barrier (out of sight). Second, the race was very late at night so very low light and I was shooting through glass. That meant high ISO and low shutter speed. Being in a glassed-in suite meant lots of people very close together so it was hard to get enough room to pan with the cars coming around turn 4. The few shots I did get of cars racing ended up with both car and background blurred. You are correct catching a race car at 170mph is tricky. Haven't managed it yet.
Bi-Weekly Challenge: Not the Camera
Thought I would get the cell phone photos out of the way first. Turned out to be a bit of an ordeal to find the disk that came with the phone and loading it and uploading the photos off the phone. I saw these little cars at the store; reminded me of a parking garage. I messed with the Topaz presets and had one called Dark Night and thought the effect made them look a little more real and looked like some of the cars had their headlights on. Not a biggie but fun.
I've been meaning to try to learn how to do good panning. Now that I have a spiffy new (er used) Nikon d50, I figure it was time to start. I found a pretty good tutorial on how to get started right here.
Panning 5 -Gray Car (wondering if this person was going back for a spot?)
It isn't the greatest composition, after all these were taken from my 3rd story window and, hey, it was practice. All and all out of 97 shots, I managed 9 that were postworthy--not too shabby I guess!
(edited 9:39pm pdt - added one more :-)
I've had themes to the rest of my posts when it came to the redneck rumble, but this last post is just a hodge-podge of shots I liked. I'm not positive I saved the best for last, but I definitely saved some of the more interesting shots.
Again, thanks for giving all these shots a chance. Tomorrow, we head to the fair for a few days!
Reneck Rumble Deluxe
Redneck Rumble Deluxe IV
From the Front
Another round of shots from the redneck rumble. Thanks for all the feedback on my last post, you all are swelling my ego! But I won't let it get out of control.
Sticking with focus on details, I also had a collection of the front ends of the car. All the different hord ornaments catch my eyes, and sometimes there are some I don't recognize.
Thanks for looking! Comments of all shapes and sizes are appreciated.
Bonus: Pat asked about a full length shot of the thumb: Here ya go!
Back to the Rumble
Thanks everyone who commented and looked at my 500th post. I'm so very happy to be able to share all my shots with you. And speaking of sharing, we're going back to the Redneck Rumble. SG, you said something about more subject. Well, these may be to your liking. Again, I was trying to "think outside the box" a little and there are so many customs things in these cars it's amazing not to look at the details. Even if the details are all over the inside of the cars. Which leads to the next installment: Interiors.
Comments, critiques, criticism... whatever you feel like writing, I'll take it! Thanks for looking and Happy Friday!
Bonus: Two in B&W below
At the Redneck Rumble Deluxe IV
Most of you guys were aware that I went to Tennessee this weekend to attend a car show and some of you know that this is a repeat event that has become a yearly trek for my fiance and I to attend. What you may not realize about the car show is that it's dedicated to the rat rod builders of the world. Not only are the makes and models a sight to behold, but the details that some of these custom builders take time to assess. I tried to get more of the details this year. I actually don't have very many full length car shots (or not many that I would consider to be anything than just a shot of a car). Having repeated this subject and event three times I try to push myself to focus on certain things, or look at different areas of the car. Find things that catch my eye. One thing that ALWAYS catches my eye but I've never really photographed at the show is all the rust on some. Some builders leave them this way, and some bring them to the show each year continously developing the look of their future rat rod.
Here's a collection of the rust that intrigued me this year:
I went into the spill about details and not just car shots hoping to pull in people who don't normally look at car shots (gnome ;-). I'm hoping that maybe I'll have found something of interest to everyone. I fully realize that if you're just not in the subject matter, that you're not. That's fine. But I will have more posts to come (I'm trying to pick the best of the best so I don't tire out the subject). Anway, thanks to all who look! Comments, critiques and criticism are always welcomed!
Last of Bug Blast
Yesterday I hinted there was a Celebrity at the Bug Blast, I'm sure you can guess who that would be. Herbie of course! And he brought his not-so-famous brother Hubbie! It was so cool getting to meet a real celebrity and he and hubbie were just so nice.
My last two shots are my attempts at taking something just a little more than a typical car show shot. So you can critique these if you feel so inclined.
Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed Bug Blast '09!
Let's go for a ride
As I stated last week, it was more than just bugs at the volkswagen show. There were all sorts of old volkswagens (and a few new ones). I didn't get pictures of everything, but I did get plenty of the buses! Especially the Westfalia's! What I wouldn't give for one of those on camping trips. They're so neat. And of course, the homage to the hippies was played out across the back of the bus with bumper stickers galore. But not only an homage to the hippie chicks, but also the west coast and the beach!
Thanks for looking, just a few more posts (a few shots of a celebrity and some nitty gritty details) and we'll leave bug blast 2009. Thanks for looking!
Bug Blast 2009
Before you get too far
I just have to ask one question, had your tetanus shot lately? If so, please continue looking. Otherwise, watch your step! It's the bugs au natural, rust and all! I showed you the spiffed up pretty ones yesterday but they weren't alone. Some people decided that a bug should be left to it's natural state, but some still came with slight modification.
Next week, more volkswagens!
Happy Friday everyone!
Bug Blast 2009
It's all groovy, baby
As I stated in my challenge post I went camping this weekend. But camping was only a side effect for the real reason we were in a park. That park happens to be the annual meeting place for Bug Blast. No, not those bugs! Volkswagen Bugs! Decked out, scrubbed up, painted, shiny, and EVERYWHERE! It was sooooo much fun. The decorations for some were just too cute, and the modified ones were just too cool. Bug Blast went on from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After the show ended, we set up our tent and then went and hung out with all the other bug enthusiasts for a grill out and 100% relaxation (or for me, a walk in the woods with my cameras).
Tomorrow, the not so spiffed up beetles. They're au natural, rust and all. And sometime next week, it wasn't just a "bug" show, it was for all volkswagens!
Thanks for looking and stay tuned!
Sorry for so many, I didn't want to break out a slideshow for obvious reasons. I promise the next posts won't be so loaded.
Bug Blast 2009
A few weeks ago, Seattle was blessed with about a foot or more of snow. All these were taken on the "lesser" camera because quite frankly, I wasn't planning on being gentle with the camera :-)
I took all these while going on a two mile walk at 5am to take the lady to work. I'm rather impressed I was able to get shots that were this focused. As I said though, I wasn't very nice to the camera and used telephone polls and newspaper boxes to steady the camera. Since I didn't have a lens wipe on hand, there are probably little blurs where snow melted on the lens. Later that day, I saw somebody cover their camera with an umbrella... nice idea!