Taken a couple of days ago at the annual Biggar Vintage and Veteran Car Rally, this is, as you can read from the registration plate, a 1957 Chevrolet.
This car is a Chevrolet "Bel Air", a Chevrolet model which ran in various guises from 1950 until 1975 and this is one of the "Second Generation" models which ran from 1955 to 1957.
As always at car rallies, it is difficult to take pictures of cars when there are crowds of onlookers and distracting backgrounds, so I took a page out of Craig's book and decided on a low viewpoint and a wide lens for this shot.
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cak (4923) 2013-08-12 19:28
very clear and impressive.and wide angel is a good choice
macjake (58992) 2013-08-12 19:33
Hi again John
well well well...what do we have here!!!
very kind of you to pass a dedication my way, and what better subject than a classic car at an auto show. RIght up my alley, too bad we couldn't be here together shooting the cars eh!
funny how the Bel Air is seemingly always in this powder blue color, it must be the most popular.
successful photo simply because you were able to wait out the people around you so there are no disturbing unwanted onlookers! its harder than people think!!!
and yes, you're totally right John, getting down low like this is such a fine way to show off the cars best feature. the grill and strong headlights, along with the 'chevrolet' are the focal points that shouldn't be missed.
you didn't miss them at all.
you even got the grill, which is surprisingly yellow/gold..don't think the car i photographed had a yellow/gold grill, i'll have to double check.
awesome subject and shot John
thanks for putting a smile on my face! haha
jjcordier (77870) 2013-08-12 23:42
Une image que Craig ne peut qu'apprécier avec une belle utilisation du grand angle et un bon choix de cadrage.
SnapRJW (31623) 2013-08-12 23:47
Hello John - Not being much of a car fundi, I recognised this one immediately as it's the twin of one I posted from the diner in Storm's River. here
I like the low vantage point and the way the lens has messed with the proportions of the car. You have some lovely reflections in the coach-work too. Nice job! Warm regards rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-13 2:34
knew Craig would like this, I do too! Why? - well when I was a kid I used to collect "Dinky Toys" and this was my favourite, so much so that it used to accompany me to school every day and be parked in my desk. I vowed to have one when I was old enough to drive, but alas never realised that dream. The closest I came was a drive in a later Chevy saloon in the late 70's when I visited the states for the first time. A superbly creative POV that gives us a real sense of the size and presence of this magnificent machine.
jhm (142067) 2013-08-13 3:28
I've as 16 year boy, the first time driven this type car, my neighbour boy worked in the garage on 500m of my home and we learning all drive with these cars, also the splendid Packard and Cadilac, we were proud!
The most beautiful cars all time, never got we yet the same cars.
Splendid picture John, I enjoy of the lovely remembrances.
Very well done, TFS.
MJR (3360) 2013-08-13 3:51
Much as I am loving the sheer convenience of my big zoom, I must say I am feeling a need to join the wide angle club !
And pictures like is why.
While more context in the frame would suit me personally, this is a wonderfully loud shouty kind of image, and is of course, marvellously executed. I guess the aged knees limited the lowness of your camera, as would keeping the 'windshield' in shot, but letting the trees slide out of shot would have be nice ?
I love the absolute clarity of your images John, the near glasslike shinyness you offer, that I merely aspire too. You must share your secrets with me in the Autumn
B.t.b. I am sure I would appreciate my 24-105 more if I corrected the camera's widgetry to suit. Using my new lens makes me even more sure my other lens is not doing as well as it might. I must look up how !
Kugart (1778) 2013-08-13 4:26
How right you are about about getting good shots at car rallies with nobody getting in your way or distracting backgrounds.
Great low level shot of the old Chevrolet,nice colours and clarity. Beautiful design and chrome work. The designers of these late fifties and sixties cars must have been inspired by all those American sci fi comics.
Noel_Byrne (26121) 2013-08-13 8:46
Your choice of angle here has worked perfectly, as you present this beautiful vehicle in a way that could not be beaten! I must say, the car is imposing and reminds me somewhat of the horror movie Christine!
All the best
delpeoples (54189) 2013-08-14 5:26
Ciao caro Giovanni
Well well when I first saw this shot, I thought Craig was sending you thought messages across the pond - or had possessed your body. it's a fantastic low POV and excellent wide angle, all traits that our Canadian mate is well known for. I also like the vivid colours, the effect of the chrome and reflections and of course the exaggerated perspective caused by the wide angle. you must be delighted with yourself, this is a cracker.
marabu61 (9081) 2013-08-14 6:03
What a beauty you have captured here. The shiny car in perfect condition, the strong, deep saturated colors and the low viewpoint, all add up to a gorgeous picture. One can only fall in love with this car.
have a great day
ktanska (25325) 2013-08-14 6:15
Strong shine and saturation go well together with this classic in perfect condition. Indeed, Craig is right. This angle makes very impressive car portraits.
annjackman (20385) 2013-08-14 23:11
What a shiny Chevy! Love the low viewpoint and wide angle effect - it gives the car a smiley appearance. Pin sharp and well saturated colours - excellent!
Kind Regards, Ann
amaryllis (35473) 2013-08-14 23:34
Superbe réalisation de cet avant de chevrolet de belle couleur, qui a gardé une "belle forme"
Soit bien entretenue et elle rutilé de tous côtés
bartekp (4746) 2013-08-15 13:59
oh superb car!!! Superb colors and light.
Have a nice evening
saxo042 (37596) 2013-08-16 10:15
I realise that I am old enough to remember this model when it was brand new! It still looks very good, after all these years!
agjika (3616) 2013-08-17 10:23
I am not too keen on this sort of thing but this is a superb shot. Optimal pov, exposure and colours.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2013-08-18 4:06
John. Classic. You've captured it superbly.
Silvio1953 (127002) 2013-08-25 0:59
Ciao John, great capture of fantastic car, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21184)
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- Date Taken: 2013-08-11
- Categories: Transportation
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