I’m a bit behind here, so forgive the lack of timeliness, but one of the most enjoyable shoots I did this summer was the Labor Day Car Show in Madrid, Iowa. I love classic cars; be it the shined up beauties, the ever-so-cool muscle car that just screams “drive me fast”, or the rusted-out souls that may or may not make it to the next show, I love them all. You’ll notice I have a bit of a think for Chevy’s–especially the trucks.
Photographing car shows is a tricky deal. They are packed in like sardines, the backgrounds are not always very pleasing, and there are people everywhere that not only don’t want to be in your shot, but you don’t want them in the shot either. It’s a game of angles and crossing your fingers that the sun stays behind the clouds (p.s. it didn’t.).
This is the second time I have attempted to do photography at a car show and this time I felt much better about the images I got. I spent a bit more time on the details rather than trying to capture the whole car and found that I really liked the feel I got from the final images.
I also had the opportunity to photograph a group of men who had dressed up with their army jeep, the Ogden Arsenal, and were happy to pose for a photo for me.
I am continually intrigued by vehicles of yesteryear and plan to grab my camera and hit up a few more shows in the future. For the time being, I think I’ll see if I can’t find some of these unique beauties and rusted-out souls in the wild.