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Vintage (British) cars and cameras

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Vintage (British) cars and cameras

Postby melek » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:29 pm

It's really just vintage cars that I photographed, and to be specific, it was "The Vintage Triumph Register."

About 200 cars rolled into town over the weekend of the group's national convention. Its members stayed at a hotel just across the street from my workplace, and the actual shows was right here. it's an office park that doesn't get much traffic on the weekend, which made it perfect for this show. I didn't have to dodge traffic at all.

This was a competition, and I shot the cars that were being considered for "Best of Show." There were about 150 others that I didn't see. I ran out of time. I had to do some grocery shopping!

I loved the old Triumphs, and you can see how the design of each decade really reflected the fashion and culture of each era.

I shot mostly with an older 18mm Carl Zeiss Distagon for Rollei QBM. I shot a handful with an f/2.0 28mm Kiron lens and a few with the 50mm Planar in Rollei QBM.

The 18mm Distagon really shined in this situation, particularly when shooting the tight engine compartments and interiors, as well as the trunks. For the most part, I shot at either f/5.6 or f/8. This is an f/4 lens.

Because the cars were highly polished, I tried to be careful about not getting my reflection in the photos.

I used "focus peaking" for some shots, while for others I used the enlarge function.

I didn't sharpen or do anything with any of the photos. Each can use a bit of unsharp mask.


» More photos here (77 of them)
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Re: Vintage (British) cars and cameras

Postby Julio1fer » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:56 pm

Thanks Mike for sharing these.

My only encounter with Triumph cars was a friend that had one very similar to the three lined up in your third image. He took a lot of care of that little convertible and participated in classic cars regularity races (timed, not speed competition). Man at the service of the machine, so to speak.

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Re: Vintage (British) cars and cameras

Postby PFMcFarland » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:38 pm

All those Triumphs in one place! The ultra-wide lens really came in handy, especially since it has such low distortion. I did a hot rod show Saturday, and have processed 185 pics out of 240 for posting on Flickr. Still, like you I didn't see all of the vehicles, but it was more because of the heat getting to me.

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Re: Vintage (British) cars and cameras

Postby Santiago Montenegro » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:54 am

Nice pics of nice cars! Thanks for sharing.

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