Show and Shine – cars

My final Show and Shine gallery, cars. Rather than attempt a full three-quarter view I decided to concentrate on capturing a range of front grilles. I didn't spend time removing reflections in the chrome in post, however I did apply a retro 'instamatic' style filter to give a different feeling to the series.

The Show and Shine mini-project was fun, made me think more about the point of the activity and prompted me to put more thought in to shooting differently. I'm enjoying reacquainting myself with manual control after too many years of simply compose and shoot.

Show and Shine – Inside Story

The inside story of Show and Shine

Continuing my Show and Shine series, I shot a set of interiors through the nearside window. The only post was minor tweaks of the jpeg as I'm not looking for perfection, simply the practice of returning to manual and thinking about what I'm doing. It's a very valuable process as I'm slowing down and thinking more about what I'm doing. I'm confident that the more I shoot, the better the composition will be. 

As I begin my journey in to commercial photography I want to explore many genres until I home in and hone what I'm good at, what I enjoy and what my commercial style is.

The range of interiors on these show cars was amazing. The detailing, the materials, the colours, the smells; quite a heady blend. It's not a stretch to visualize hours of tlc spent on these cars, either at home or in a shop. The results are a petrolhead (gearhead) delight.

Show and Shine People

It's all about practice, practice, practice.

On a blisteringly hot, cloud free day there was a Show 'n' Shine car meet at a local casino. I wanted to take the opportunity to capture the occasion as a learning project. I'd only decided one thing before heading to the show, that I'd shoot manual apart from focus. This was about thinking before releasing the shutter. Once on site it was obvious that I'd struggle with 'whiteout' as, even at 10.30am, the sun was busy bleaching everything it touched. 

Rather than capture cars as complete as possible I decided to shoot from one angle, around 45 degrees to the front, taking in a wheel and grille. Another set of images would be interiors from the nearside window, focussing on the steering wheel area. My final series would be street style and, that's what I'm showing here.

In terms of post, I've simply cropped and adjusted the jpegs rather than dive in to the RAWs. Learning is a gradual and iterative process and I wanted to keep things simple. The lighting was always going to be challenging, there's a lack of definition, the images are not as crisp as they would have been on a more overcast day. However, I stuck with manual to continue reacquainting myself with the shutter/aperture relationship. It's all good learning.