Classic Automobiles

I’ve attempted photographing vintage autos before, and featured them on the blog. These were in black and white, such as last year’s Summer Stroll. A gentleman at a camera show earlier this year told me that he found color film photography to be “flat, and uninteresting”. I recommended that he try, of course, Portra. The colors here really make me think that I gave him the perfect response. From last month’s Block Party, with the Canon AE-1, and the 50mm f/1.4 FD. I know very little about vintage automobiles, other than what I have read, and from collecting Matchbox’s and Hot Wheels as a kid. So, I really tried to photograph what caught my eye. Any caption corrections or clarifications are much appreciated.

Plymouth Road Runner hood and grill.

Plymouth Road Runner hood and grill.

American Motors AMX. Gorgeous paint, colors that no film could do any justice to.

American Motors AMX. Gorgeous paint, colors that no film could do any justice to.

Side view.

Side view.

How can one of these shows not have at least one Ford Thunderbird?

How can one of these shows not have at least one Ford Thunderbird?

This Galaxie 500 convertable had a meticulously restored and maintained interior.

This Galaxie 500 convertable had a meticulously restored and maintained interior.

Chrysler Indy 500 pace car, with Hemi engine.

Chrysler Indy 500 pace car, with Hemi engine.

Next time, should such subjects present themselves, I’d love to go wide, maybe with a 24mm, or 28mm. And, close. But the 50 really does give a nice perspective, and brings out the clean lines, and beautifully sculpted body panels, with little, if any, lens distortion.

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