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Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Sometimes the easiest things to photograph are the most complex. One chooses a focal point, frames the entirety of the image, and snaps. These photos offer much to look at because of the amount of objects in the photo, and often the photographer can help guide a viewer through the photograph with light and composition.

One of the things that is most difficult for me to capture are old cars, though I just can't seem to stay away from local car shows. To me, they're the ultimate in simplicity. Primary paint colors, metallic accents, and smooth flowing lines. They leave me drooling but also frustrated because it can be hard to translate those distinct features into images. At Cars on State in Madison in the spring, I saw a photographer creatively post-process vintage car decals and tire rims at unique angles and with radical colors. At the car show on Sunday in downtown Chico, I tried to emphasize the simplicity of these old cars, as shown in the photo below of a deliciously blue Studebaker.


Alternatively, one person brought an unbelievable old motorcycle with more than enough chrome to get the job done. The bike was a brilliant red (another primary color!) and forced me to the ground to emphasize the geometry of its construction.

Geometric Overload

The car show this past weekend reminded me that, when struggling with photo composition, it is best to make it simple even if it is not. Pull out a detail not everyone noticed or contort, twist, kneel, and jump to get the angle others missed.

Eric Lovelin Photography

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