I have an interest in motor vehicles. I like cars, trucks, motorcycles…even boats, I suppose. And I like photography. There are endless subjects and opportunities to combine these things. I started reading photography and car forums online to see what are the proper techniques and to get some pointers on how to take good photos. Let me tell you right now, it’s really hard to get the image that you want. Those magazine photographs were not done by mistake. It’s a little daunting to think about all of the components of really good photography. And there is a lot of material freely available online how to do it.
Here is a really nice shot I found online in a Canon forum:
It is really tough to shoot a black vehicle. The BMW above uses the light from the sky to nicely show the curves of the car. The wheels are shown at a very nice perspective in the photograph.
So, here was my first attempt at shooting my black Toyota Tacoma. I found an abandoned garage that still belongs to the State of New Hampshire. I spotted the location while driving past it one day. It is clearly no longer in use. I may use it for a location to shoot my 1966 BMW R60 /2, but we’ll see.
Well, it’s a start. I had taken about 60 shots that day. I discarded all but 8. I learned that reading is very useful, but it really comes together with practical experience. One has to get out there and apply the things learned in order to improve.