I love old cars. Beautifully restored or rusting junkers, I never miss the opportunity to capture a beautiful old vintage car. Either as a nostalgic throwback to a yesterday that I was too young …
Month: April 2014
100+ Examples of Vintage Car PhotographsUncategorized
100+ Examples of Vintage Car Photographs
Click through to check out my gallery of over 100 classic vintage cars.
Photography Tips: Shooting Vintage CarsUncategorized
I love old cars. Beautifully restored or rusting junkers, I never miss the opportunity to capture a beautiful old vintage car. Either as a nostalgic throwback to a yesterday that I was too young to remember (except in the movies or TV show) or simply as documenting beautiful textures of pitted metal, cracked rubber and rust – my camera and I are there!
1. Watch out for reflections -The shiny waxed finishes on a restored vintage car can be a nightmare to photograph because of all the reflections. Often the photographer ends up in the shot! Time to be creative with angles as well as being on the look out for distracting elements such as reflections.
2. Get in close for details – Fins, wheels, emblems, interiors, engines – there are all kinds of details that can be captured on a beautiful old car. Besides typically at at car show its hard to get the whole car with all of the people milling around.
3. Ask for permission – At car shows you might notice that the car owners get a bit nervous when you approach their car. Basically this is their baby and they spend a lot of time polishing and buffing these beauties. What they really don’t want to see is someone marring the finish with fingerprints or horror of all horrors, scratching the finish with a belt buckle. Be friendly to the owners and chat them up a bit. Gain their trust and them perhaps they’ll be more inclined move the “for sale” sign or take out their lunch from the back seat so you can get a great photograph.
4. Get creative with angles – Go low, go high, get an interesting angle.
5. Get creative with crops – You don’t always have to show the whole car. Get creative with cropping.
6. Have patience – In a crowded car show or even on a cloudy day when the light is constantly change is pay to have patience. Come back to the same car on different occasions to see if the crowd is gone or plan to come early when the show is opening to avoid crowds.
7. Be ready at all times – Finding vintage cars in a beautiful natural setting is the greatest thrill of them all, at least in terms of vintage car photography. Twice now I have come across a beautiful vintage car parked at the shore. Once in Victoria-by-the-sea where a cute Minor 1000 was parked on the pier and recently down in Fort Myers, Florida where I found a mint two-tone red and white Chevy BelAir parked right up next to the beach. It was in a handicap spot and we had just been leaving the beach after snapping the sunset. Driven to parking lot by a swarm of no-see-ems, this beautiful vintage car was just sitting their basking in beautiful dusk light. I had to move quickly to get a number of shots trying to keep distracting elements such as garage cans and signs out of the shot and I saw the owner walking back from the beach. Be prepared and have your camera with you at all times!
Where to find old cars to photograph
- Car shows
- Cruise nights
- Local car clubs
- Car lots
- Car refinishers
- Auction houses
Edward Fielding at Dogford StudiosUncategorized
New series of “Pear” still lifesUncategorized
Now available on Fine Art America, a new series of still life images from fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding
Sold on FAA: A Star Is BornUncategorized
A pug dog wearing a top hat with bright lights of a party behind him.
Is he the groom? Best man? Master of ceremonies? Famous actor?
Fine art pet photography by Edward M. Fielding
Sold on FAA: Fresh Picked BlueberriesUncategorized
Sold on FAA: Fresh Picked Blueberries
Fresh picked blueberries with a vintage feel by photographer Edward M. Fielding
Tips for Still Life PhotographsUncategorized
I have a passion for still lifes! They certainly are tougher then they look. Good ones look effortless. Some have suggested that they want them to look like they just happened rather than were carefully arranged.
This shot was a response after seeing the beautiful window light in one of Amy Weiss’s fantastic images.
I built this shot up with a fake background wall made of rough pine boards. The “table” is the back of an old clock. Then the wire basket with apples and the rustic plates with main apples in the front. The “hero” apples are placed in one of the golden intersections of the rule of thirds. The apples were place to reflect light in a certain way. Also I studied some old master’s paintings and noticed how much more interesting the bottom of the apple can be. Many of the paintings I checked out showed the bottom of the apple.
I think the little extra details like the dried leaves and the rough edges of the plates are what give something like this a bit of umph. Also the three largest apples form a triangle with move the viewers eye around in that bottom left region.
I used a studio light. Small softbox directly from the left. I blocked out some of the light towards the back to keep the background darker. Poster board on the right to bounce some fill light back in.
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A recent discussion on Fine Art America’s forums and the terrible weather outside has reinvigorated my interest in the fine art photo still life. Still life photography by Edward M. Fielding
Recently licensed this creepy image via my agent Arc Angel Images for use as the cover of the thriller by Pierre-Yves Tinguely on the “Mature” versions of the book on sale in France.
Cover art by photographer Edward M. Fielding
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