automotive

While the majority of the Midwest decided that the best course of action for a day that never even got close to cresting double digits was to stay inside, I did the stupid thing and joined a bunch of other foolish people to go rallycrossing in a snowy field in the middle of Michigan. I got pulled in to work as the trophy photographer, and spent much of my time on my feet out in the freezing cold trying to keep my camera battery and my digits from turning into icicles. For the first run group, there was plenty of undisturbed powder, so I made a beeline to a sweeper to shoot photos of cars doing silky snowy rooster tails. I like this shot quite a lot; I’d probably have the same grin if I was doing a sweet high speed drift in a car that could actually stand a chance of putting power to the ground. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-200mm f/4 lens.

I was asked to shoot photos at one of the muddiest rallycrosses I’ve ever been to. It was so muddy, in fact, that I didn’t get to run — it was decided that Stock Front, the class I was driving that was due to run at the end of the day, would be spared the hours of undercarriage cleaning that would inevitably be needed, and that the club would clean things up in an attempt to close down the site at a reasonable hour. The mud, while making the driving agonizingly painful and slow for the competitors, did make for some very nice photos at the end of the day. To get the sensation of speed in my pictures, I was dropping my shutter speed down to 1/80 and even 1/50 of a second. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens.

Sure, there were plenty of other brand new modern sports cars on the Detroit Auto Show floor, some even sitting in the Porsche booth, but this Singer Porsche was far more captivating than almost all the other cars present. I framed the shot such that the red swoop from the Dodge booth forms a little halo around the Singer. Picture shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I got a chance to take a close-up look at the 50’s GM concept car, LeSabre. A GM employee, Jacob, served as the car’s handler and brought it out to Cars at Corktown, turning on the lights for photo opportunities and even opening the hood so we could peek inside. Jacob made this shot possible by turning on the car’s headlamps and parking lamps. Shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with a 65mm f/3.5 on Kodak Portra 400.

I got a chance to take a close-up look at the 50’s GM concept car, LeSabre. A GM employee, Jacob, served as the car’s handler and brought it out to Cars at Corktown, turning on the lights for photo opportunities and even opening the hood so we could peek inside. This shot was made by wedging myself against the wall and trying to get as much of the rear bumper in the frame as possible. Shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with a 65mm f/3.5 on Kodak Tri-X.