I noticed something about my photography yesterday morning when I stumbled across the car show. I found that the first 10-12 shots I took were pretty boring. They were normal stand-at-a-distance-and-shoot photos.... Like this.
How ordinary and not anything spectacular. The cars are so amazing - they deserve better than this!
So I went with the first thing I know. Get in closer! Look for the elements of design - line, form, shape. Pay attention to the backgrounds (or eliminate them entirely), watch out for the reflections, get high, get low. I also had to get over worrying about all the people staring at me taking pictures. As I went about my business and quit feeling self-conscious, they quit looking at me.
Here is where I went from there.
It seems that the passion that began to flow as I really focused on what I was doing was contagious. The car owners were thrilled that I loved their cars. As we began to chat, I told them what I liked about their cars and what I was trying to capture - the curve, the shine of the chrome, the tail light that's different than any other. The pride that flowed from these men was like a physical thing you could reach out and touch!
Photographically speaking, I began to notice that my shots seemed to center on tail lights, head lights and grills. So, I thought I'd try to find other interesting spots on the cars.
One of those last two were my favorites of the outing. For a person who is SO into color, it's interesting that my favorites are mostly black and chrome. I think that shows that the design elements are strong.
There are MORE - believe it or not! I just couldn't stop shooting! I'll share more later this week.