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Romancing the Lines of an Automobile

March 13, 2014

“Cars are like rolling diaries, metal and plastic and paint tableaux of the last ten years of their drivers’ lives … every dent, every drooping slice of chrome, has a story behind it.”JIM ATKINSON, Texas Monthly, “Heaven on Wheels,” September 1984

Classic Hood Ornament #1

Classic Hood Ornament #1

The above photo is one of my all-time favorites and is a result of the homework assignment given during my Week #4 DSLR Fundamentals Class at Schoolcraft College.

During this class, I learned more about using the correct White Balance function on the camera.  I also enjoyed a “Photographer’s Tupperwear Party” when our instructor, Bryce Denison of Midwest Photography Workshops, brought out several of his “toys”.  He discussed at length options for buying cameras and equipment, both new and used, and shared with us his knowledge of extension tubes, macro lenses, tele-converters and lens filters.  It was an enlightening class, and needless to say, my “Wish List” has become even longer!

The homework assignment for our next class challenged us to “look for leading lines“.  Specifically, we were directed to shoot six automobile photographs focusing on the abstract and simply “romancing the lines of an automobile”.  We were given the option of photographing six different automobiles or one automobile with six different abstract images.  It was further suggested we consider The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, which has an extensive automobile display.  We were also encouraged to use a tripod and a polarizing filter to obtain the best possible images.

Once the decision was made to visit The Henry Ford Museum, I decided to rent a tripod for the assignment and visited PROCAM in Livonia on the way to the museum.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tripod recommended in class was on sale which also included a basic ball head.  I decided to splurge on the purchase and was rewarded further by PROCAM’s “no sales tax” promotion that day, which happened to be President’s Day!  I bought the Manfrotto  055XPROB-BH Tripod with 498RC2 Midi Ball Head Kit for a total of $199.99 which was further reduced to $184.96 after applying the remaining balance from a gift card.  I expect I will upgrade the ball head in the future, but for now, this will meet my needs nicely.

Upon arrival at the museum, I discovered it was a “Free Admission Day”, which was sponsored by Target, and save an additional $34 on the admission for myself and my husband, who was my equipment helper that day!  The museum was a little more crowded than I had hoped, but the cash savings on our admission fee made that bearable.  I spent about an hour and a half photographing a number of vehicles and the above image and the following below images were my homework submissions!  Enjoy………….

Classic Headlights #1

Classic Headlights #1

Classic Headlights #2

Classic Headlights #2

Classic Headlights #3

Classic Headlights #3

Classic Headlights #4

Classic Headlights #4

Classic Hood Ornament #2

Classic Hood Ornament #2

And finally, just for fun……….one of the museum’s main attractions, the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile:

Hot Diggity Dog

Hot Diggity Dog

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