My day at a popular car show.

Part of a photography hobbyist’s job is looking for subjects to photograph, both as a leisurely pursuit or means of practicing the craft, and as a way of life if one gets paid money to take photographs. One of my favorite events to capture on film (or digital) are car shows, though sometimes it used to remind me of the car detailing place I used to work for as a receptionist. Click here if you want to check out their website. If you end up booking with them just say Kerri sent you there. The opportunities to fully expand one’s photography skills while meeting different people from various walks of life are some of the main benefits. Of course, it also becomes all the more special if you have a fondness for motor cars!

I remember fondly the motor shows I used to go to. There would literally be hundreds of cars spread out over a huge exhibition hall the size of several football fields. The car show featured various cars and vehicles of all makes and modifications, from new car models to the vintage and classic pieces, from the souped up sports cars to the outdoor off-road vehicles. There’d also be an area for show cars that showcase and show off the latest trends in car detailing and modification, like slick paint jobs and decals, sound systems, fancy wheels, snazzy interior detailing, and other accessories that may contribute to a car’s ‘wow’ factor. Organizers would normally designate different sections of the venue for a particular theme based on these categories, so there literally is a lot of things to see and do during a car show. Check the photo I took below. Awesome?

detailed car photoThe latest car show was held at Martin Place in downtown Sydney and the outdoor setting gave me a lot of photo opportunities using natural light and the spectacular backdrop afforded by the buildings in Sydney’s central business district. Gleaming cars from high-end European brands like Peugeot, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Range Rover and Alfa Romeo were displayed on one end of Martin Place. On the other side could be found the Asian brands Mazda, Lexus, Subaru, Infiniti, Honda and Toyota. The center of the exhibition space featured some exciting concept model cars that are fresh from the design studio and not expected to hit the market in the next three to five years.

Using my FujiFilm X100T Silver Digital Compact Camera, I stealthily made my way around the exhibition to try to capture each car in the best way possible. The nifty thing about this camera I’m using is that I have complete control of how I want to shoot the photo without relying on the usual bells and whistles associated with digital photography. While I still have manual control of the camera, this is made simpler for me by the advanced technology inside it. So, focusing is crisper and colors come alive. The X100 churns out 16-megapixel photos so I was sure all the little details of a shiny car can be discerned in the final output.

By the end of the day, I had filled a total of four 8 gigabyte digital cards with various photos of cars and vehicles, as well as some celebrities in the motoring world, a smattering of fashion models hawking the car brands, and tons of onlookers, event visitors and those just passing by but couldn’t avoid ogling at the display areas.

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