Ford Edsel vintage car found on the side of the road

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Driving around my former hometown of East Haddam, Connecticut (one of many since I was an army brat), I came across a glorious site. Right next to formerly grand home in need of repair, parked along the railroad tracks of the Essex Steam Train and Valley Railroad and right across the street of the old train station now gift shop was this vintage beauty – a pink Ford Edsel.

The Edsel was an automobile marque that was planned, developed, and manufactured by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. With the Edsel, Ford had expected to make significant inroads into the market share of both General Motors and Chrysler and close the gap between itself and GM in the domestic American automotive market. But contrary to Ford’s internal plans and projections, the Edsel never gained popularity with contemporary American car buyers and sold poorly. The Ford Motor Company lost millions of dollars on the Edsel’s development, manufacturing and marketing. The very word “Edsel” became a popular symbol for failure.

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Despite the negative connotations of the Ford Edsel, it really is a beauty of a car. Decked out in all manner of extravagance from the excessive chrome, the elongated lines and distinctive shield like front grill.

I have to thank the owner for parking this beauty for me to discover.  A few days later I returned to the same spot but alas it was gone.  If there is one truism in photography it is to stop and take the shot when you see it.  Don’t expect your subject to be there the next month, next day or even the next hours.

I’ve had countless experiences where I’ve returned to a spot to find my subject moved, demolished or otherwise just gone.

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A chance encounter with an American Beauty

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A chance encounter with an American Beauty

Recently I had a chance encounter with a real American beauty – a completely restored vintage 1957 Chevy Bel Air in mint condition at the beach of all places. The location was beautiful, the light was amazing (sunset) and the car was simply stunning! See more in my car portfolio on Fine Art America at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/edward-fielding.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=193562

Or simply click on the photograph.

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The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors in September, 1956. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range “two-ten”, and the “one-fifty”. A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the “Delray” was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car’s image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The ’57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon

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Photography Tips: Shooting Vintage Cars

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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.

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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

  • Museums
  • Car shows
  • Cruise nights
  • Local car clubs
  • Car lots
  • Car refinishers
  • Auction houses

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