Bringing kinja into focus, one frame at a time
Bringing kinja into focus, one frame at a time
Illustration for article titled Little side project, opinions welcome

And by side project I mean all of my photo stuff.

I'm waiting to hear from a shop about my car being fixed and whatnot, and in the process, have gotten to know them pretty well. Well enough in fact that I'd really like to do photography for them.


Because they do crazy builds, I'd really like to be able to do either video work or photography for them (I wouldn't mind doing both either!). So to entice them a little, I'm taking the chance to use my cars as subjects, because they know what my garage is and my cars and all, and now's my chance. I've been able to catch wind of some of the builds that they're in the process of planning out, and each one has high 3 digit or into the 4 digit horsepower range. Now, while I don't need that for myself, as a shop, they'd certainly be able to benefit from having pictures taken by just about anything other than the average potato.

So I've been scouting out locations for some sweet looking photos that are not very far from their shop. Each location could either 1) have the car trailered to or 2) would be a nice test drive once the car is finished.


The above photo was a bit of a "dine and dash" picture, because I'm still unsure of whether I'm actually allowed to go here, so location is my secret.

I quickly hooked my U-Turn, parked the car, and grabbed the camera. Here are the settings:

Canon 7D

Sigma 50mm f1.4

Shutter: 1/800

ISO: 100

F-Stop: 4

Shot in Raw.

Now, I'll likely go back and see if it's still colorful enough to re-shoot this, but as a whole, I have a few reserves about it. Despite the abundance of color, the background got a little messy. Luckily, I can easily go back to the original and figure out how to keep that sharper by trying a smaller aperture. Additionally, what I may try doing is stepping back even farther, and using a longer lens, in an effort to "compress" the background a bit, allowing me to retain a few more details. Lastly, I paid the least attention to the sky above. With few clouds directly above the car, it worked out very well, but the lighting was just daylight. I may try shooting a little over-exposed in an effort to get more detail on the shadows of the car, without moving too far into HDR territory. I'm a fan of HDR, but for a shop that would be showcasing their work, I don't want to include so much detail that the car gets a bit lost in the picture.


I would have loved to shoot this closer with the 10-20mm, however time was short, because I'm not sure if it's a private drive yet. I've driven past it countless times, but don't know where it leads, so I'll have to check Google Maps to see what's at the end, or if it's just a railroad service road.

Ideally the wheels and glass on the car would be freshly detailed, and at least going over the car once with a microfiber would have helped as well. Having the car parked at an angle also helped me reduce the reflections in the glass to a minimum, which is a very big help. I had left the headlights on, attempting to draw more attention to the car, and may experiment with turning on the lower driving lamps as well next time.


A colder, foggy day would have been amazing for this shot, to get the exhaust rising behind the car, as well as the fog rolling through the headlight beams, but next time, right? It also looks like I really need to clean the lens and the camera.

Second Edit (a different picture):

Illustration for article titled Little side project, opinions welcome

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