2018 WEEK 33: VEHICLES (Flashback to August 2010)
Just like in the original challenge, we’re not only looking for great images of entire vehicles. Cars are a little like buildings in architectural photography, just like we can choose to photograph an architectural detail on a building, we can photograph specific details of a vehicle. This is all about having fun and tuning in your sense of observation on a specific vehicle that attracts your attention. From multiple vehicles to tiny specific details of a specific vehicle, it’s your choice for this Photo Challenge.
I’ll be the first to admit that cars are not my “thing”. The first time I did a car challenge, I grumbled all week and then took a quick snapshot of a tail light with my phone. My goal this week was to prove to myself that I could create a good image even if I wasn’t inspired by the subject. I always tell others that you can create an interesting image out of just about anything with a macro lens, so I decided to test that theory.
A friend told me about a junkyard that allowed photographers to walk around, so I spent a couple of hours there this morning. I went from being uninspired to total inspiration overload in a matter of seconds! I probably covered less than 10% of the junkyard, but I found a section with old rusted cars and trucks and was fascinated with all of the textures and curved lines.
I took over 300 photos and had a difficult time choosing which one to post. Ultimately I chose the one I did because (1) it is very different colors and processing than I usually do and (2) I added a texture that I took this morning as well.
I always forget how much less DOF I get with a 100mm lens vs. a wide angle. I’m not entirely happy with the image because the foreground truck is not quite in focus. If I had remembered the DOF issue, I could have tried focus stacking. (I’m not sure a smaller aperture would have been enough to fix the problem.) Alternatively, I could have used a wide-angle lens to give me a greater DOF, but then the trucks in the background would have appeared much smaller due to the nature of the wide-angle lens. If I were to return and retake the photo, I would try both options to see which one I liked best.