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Posh Beetle

By paulbroad  
Trying to get a car shot at a show with as little intrusion as possible. Old Beetle renovated as a pick up truck but with Nitrous Oxide injection, thus very fast.

Hand meter used, ISO200, 1/800 @ f8 on manual. EOS 40D with 10/20 Sigma at 10mm (16mm actual) Some work on surroundings with burning in tool and shadows lightened.


Tags: Wide Angle Car Transport Beetle

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
2 Jun 2013 8:47AM
This is a really effective shot of a highly photogenic car.

There are questions about framing: a little more on the right (to include all of the red car and the spectator) and less on the left (what looks like blank space) - I don't think these would actually make a better shot of it, jsut a slightly different one.

Maybe you could tighten the shot all round, just framing the car itself, and making the most of the bulbous appearance. Ideally, in camera, to exaggerate that look - but framing with an extreme wideangle is tricky, especially if you haven't got a 100% viewfinder and a tripod!

The exposure is spot on. However, under these circumstances manual metering will give little advantage over the old "One over ASA at f/16" rule for bright sun guidance that used to be in the box with every film. In this case, that would mean 1/200 at f/16, which gives exactly the same exposure as 1/800 at f/8! However, in less straightforward circumstances a handheld meter can give a big advantage, especially with an incident light attachment (often called an Invercone, though that is strictly only the right name for the lovely attachment for Weston selenium meters).

Looking at your profile, I am sure that you know this at least as well as I do, as you have more experience than I, and I reckon that you are a far more meticulous worker than I am!

The question "Why?" comes to mind: as a mode of transport, the Beetle was comprehensively outclassed as soon as the first Morris Minor took to the road. Somewhere in my archives, I have a shot of a V8 Minor pickup, shot in Newbury in 1972 or thereabouts. (And that had a bit of an air of "Why?" about it, too...)

I wonder about a companion shot, from behind, to show the load bed... Did you shoot more of this lovely and eccentric motor?
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2013 10:48AM
Yes, all angles. I was there with my son and his staff who had a trade stand. He owns a garage. The event was the VW camper owners day, but a lot of other VW's there.

Why? Everyone to there own I suppose. I'm a classic Mini man. We own a 1997 Cooper that has done less than 15K miles. On a SORN. At the moment and in storage. One went on Ebay a few weeks ago for in excess of 12K? Not often a car goes up in value.

Use a hand held Sekonic with incident light attachment a lot, but the classic bright sun exposure is usually right. Still have a Weston Euromaster with Invercone. Today's photographers are missing out on a lot.

iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2013 11:35AM
Good one Paul. Always a problem framing at car shows. The sunny 16 guide fits in too.
I had a few Minis including a 1275 s with weber carb, spotlights and white roof, great cars. I have never really experience the same thrill of driving in any car since. The garage at the back of us renovates them so I see them all the time.


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