From the 2nd Old Vehicle exhibition along the promenade of Lakki, Leros. The event was organized by the Motorcycling Club of Leros for only one evening (August 3, 2014) and attracted lots of local people and visitors.
This is a Chevrolet Bel Air that has surely seen better days and is kept for strong sentimental reasons.
For 1950, Chevrolet came up with a revolutionary style that would set a pattern for decades. The Bel Air Hardtop was styled as a convertible with a non-detachable solid roof. Models like this had been around since the 1920s, including early Chevrolets, with no degree of success. But the newly revised idea, sweeping the GM line from Chevrolet to Cadillac, had finally found its era. First year production reached only 76,662 as buyers cautiously tested the revised concept. The car cost $1,741 and weighed 3,225 lb (1,463 kg). Front suspension was independent, named "knee-action".
The first Bel Airs of this era shared only their front sheetmetal ahead of the A pillar with the rest of the range. The Windscreen, doors, Glass, and boot where common with the Styline DeLuxe Convertible Coupe, however the roof, rear quarters and rear screens where unique. The Chassis and mechanicals are common with the rest of the passenger car range, and the overall appearance is the same as the rest of the range except that the roof line is lower and the unique three piece rear screen give it a longer and more balanced look. The first Bel Airs were only available with the premium trim level and specification, and therefore were not designated as either special or deluxe by Chevrolet. They do however have all the trim features and details common to the DeLuxe models of the range.
I applied vignetting for the first time in one of my photos because the sky was too bright and distracting. I hope this is ok.
Thank you for visiting
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photographer_sg (3257) 2014-08-04 1:27
That is a very elegant composition with the vintage automobile. The colours and sharpness are excellent as always and the diagonal framing has brought out the best in terms of depth and perspective in this tightly framed photograph. The background is managed very effectively with the masts, the hill and so many interesting details.
Thanks for sharing this most enjoyable picture. And yes, the vignetting works perfectly and in fact effectively highlights the main subject.
Have a great new day.
holmertz (38041) 2014-08-04 1:42
Now you are breaking into the territory of Craig and John (macjake and tyro). I don't quite share their love of old cars but this Chevrolet on the promenade of Lakki certainly is a different kind of picture from your collection. The masts and the glimpse of the sea still keep you firmly on your own grounds. The vignetting works very well. It's so discreetly applied that I hardly noticed it.
ikeharel (53443) 2014-08-04 3:53
It is well kept, and has a marvelous blue color , Ourania.
With the bay just behind, boats and mountains, applied a wnderful photo, diagonally approached, combined sharp details, DOF and light upon.
snunney (79973) 2014-08-04 4:04
A vehicle that looks as if it belongs on the streets of Havana in Cuba:-) Clever pp work to lift it from the background. Very good rendering of the colours and textures of the coachwork.
jhm (136096) 2014-08-04 4:26
I remember this type car end of the fifties, than this was the car of the century, short after World WAR II.
A pity but these car must nice become restaured.
Excellent composition an nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Noel_Byrne (21684) 2014-08-04 8:34
This is a beautiful old car, amazing how fine it's paintwork still is for its age. It is plac perfectly I'm the frame, I bet when the car was first launched, they would have loved to have this shot for the brochure :)
The front bumper and grill look quite odd too, almost as if they are carved from wood or bone. Interresting feature. Nice work on the sky too, I am not familiar with this technique, but I must learn more as so many of my snaps have burnt out skies.
Best wishes from Ireland.
Fis2 (82732) 2014-08-04 8:50
I love old autos.
Curious Chevrpolet, curious color.
Good POV and composition.
Have a nice afternoon
ktanska (24322) 2014-08-04 9:46
Sky blue Chevy certainly catches attention on this dry brown landscape. Yes, it has seen better days, especially the bumper looks like it's in the melting point. Vignetting works well on this case I think.
Silvio1953 (117383) 2014-08-04 12:16
Ciao Ourania, favolosa vecchietta, siamo più o meno coetanei, splendidi dettagli, ottima nitidezza e bella prospettiva, brava, ciao Silvio
lousat (73197) 2014-08-04 16:01
Ciao Ourania,avevo pensato che fossi andata a Cuba..hehe.laggiu' queste vetture sono ancora molto attuali,magari il propietario l'ha recuperata laggiu'...ehhee...immagine eccellente con dettagli e colori brillanti ed un'ottima prospettiva.Buon Martedi' e complimenti,Luciano
jcpix (11938) 2014-08-04 16:27
Well now, talk about an unexpected surprise to see in your collection! :) I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't "seeing" things. ha
I'm not much of a car guy myself, but it's hard to ignore, or deny the beauty of these old classics. And what a fantastic setting to see something like this, the port backdrop is not one I've ever seen for such a display...and I must say, it's much more appealing than a showroom floor!
That entire front end is beaming with gritty character, I actually like the worn look and feel, especially as it contrasts with the smooth finish of the body. And of course, the blue color is always a fan favorite of mine. :)
This should certainly attract the car loving crowds, even if from oceans away and viewed solely through a monitor. This old timer was a great subject to photograph, and you've done it proud! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
P.S. the subtle vignetting works splendidly.
bukitgolfb301 (34706) 2014-08-04 17:11
Hi dear Ourania, how are you today?
Wow new subject, new appraoch from you!
Ya very very nostalgic vihecle that can be seen in the Haliwood cinema. Great panfocus appraoch via nice color contarst.
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
photoray (10629) 2014-08-04 17:54
Fine view of the 50 Bel Air, with a good paint job, but needing some other detailing. The chrome hood ornament looks like the Oldsmobile one, but I am not a car expert.
The cars from the 1950s and earlier if fully restored are worth big bucks. My Grandfather owned a new 57 Bel Air and it was a great car and very popular with collectors.
Thanks for sharing,
aliabazari (12689) 2014-08-04 22:33
Hi Ourania dear
I like this shot of an old Chevrolet. Car is always exciting for fans. Exposure and color, well done. Thanks for sharing
abmdsudi (40576) 2014-08-04 22:53
The mighty Yank irons looks catchy and hard to ignore the beauty of the bygone era minus all the aerodynamics. There's a nice feel of olde worlde atmosphere with good clarity, balanced and sharp focused image. Beauty a bucketful, Congrats, tfs
npecanhuk (61868) 2014-08-07 3:54
I love cars! I love driving!
That's a beautiful old model!
That's an interesting and attractive picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Cricri (102223) 2014-08-07 22:24
Belle idée de faire l'exposition près de la mer, bel angle de prise de cette ancienne voiture, j'aime son bleu et la brillance
macjake (53320) 2014-08-14 4:40
i've really enjoyed your mini series with these cars :)
i tend to keep coming back to them in your gallery.
the Chev Bel Air is a beautiful car when new, or when its restored. this one certainly has a few miles and a few dents in its frame.
that just gives it more character and more stores though.
excellent subject to post :)
mcmtanyel (11137) 2014-08-18 20:30
This is an excellent photo of this classical car. The POV is ideal and the color contrast between the Chevy and its surroundings is pleasant. It is a shame the car has not been kept in top shape, but you've gone a superb job presenting it.