Posts Tagged ‘classic cars’

Cruise Night

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Another Wednesday night, another set of cruise night photos! My favourite thing about these cruise night photos is the ability to shoot into the setting sun. The timing, direction and background are perfect for creating fantastic sunstar and lens flare effects:

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There is also the other row of cars that face into the sun. While these aren’t as much fun, they do provide for some very good high-contrast shots:
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All of my cruise night photos are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carmichaels/sets/72157629764006232/

Cruise Night – a love affair with curves

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

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20120704_CRC338120120704_CRC337820120704_CRC3439I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I like about photographing the cruise nights in Galt on Wednesday nights. You can see previous posts here and here. On previous occasions it has been the colours I’ve noticed most, but this week it was all about the curves. There were several Corvettes from the mid-sixties present this week and if ever there was a car with great curves, it’s a pre-1980 Vette!

I was surprised at the number of folks who showed up because it was very hot and sweaty that night – even at 8pm. Lots of people milling about makes it difficult to get wide shots and even the closeups are sometimes ruined by a reflection of bystanders. I have found, though, that you can only really appreciate the curves when you get really close. From ten feet away a ’68 Vette is just a beautiful car but at ten inches it’s a beautiful curve contained within another curve.

The wednesday night cruise nights have rekindled my love affair with cars. Twenty years ago, though, it was about horsepower and cubic inches. I have now discovered the art of automotive – and you have to get up close to see it.

You can see the full set of cruise night photos, including the 18 from this week, in this set on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carmichaels/sets/72157629764006232/

Cruise Night #2

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Since my first cruise night post, I’ve been down a few more times and snapped a few more shots. The cars make great subjects because they tend to sit still for you. ;)

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Cruise Night

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

20120516_CRC_0191Taking a bit of a break from my Malawi series, I wanted to share some photos I took last night at the first Cruise Night of the season in downtown Galt.

I should note that these were taken with my new D7000 (that I’m very excited about) AND that the lens I used here is a 15-yr-old entry-level film lens that I bought on Kijiji for $75. The Nikon 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D lens was the standard kit lens for the last of the film cameras and was as ubiquitous in its day as an 18-55 AF-S is now – but it is a great little lens!

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