My Toyota Celica TA35/TA23
I've been dreading to do a photo shoot for my own car. If you have followed me on social media or this blog. I've been shooting other people ride for a while now. With other peoples car, I can see all the personal touches or interesting things done to their cars and I try to translate it to imagery. But when it came to shooting my own car, I really didn't know where to start. It is something I see every day and all I see are the imperfections, the things to be fixed. The misaligned lights, the scratches, the cracks, the rust and how everything looked so awkward in at the back of my camera. So most of the shots here will have no close ups :P
To be fair, I did take some documentary photos when I got the car. But that was when I didn't know the car. Every thing about the car looked interesting to me. Over the years I build up ideas on making the car into something I would consider my own. Turns out, I was just trying to fix the mess that was left behind by the previous owners (and try not to make a mess of my own) and just keeping the mechanical and electrical bits from falling apart.
After a long and disappointing stint in the spray shop, getting bodywork and new coat of paint done. The car came back to me shinier but not much better than when it went in. There were new bits of rust spots popping up very soon. I probably could have made a fuss and get the guy to respray my car but I can not risk just leaving my car there for another year. But that is something I do not wish to discuss in this post.
Lets enjoy some pictures.
It was heaps of fun shooting cars again tho. I did not have all my bag of tricks with me, many of my batteries died on me due to lack of usage. Most of my gear, I had no idea where they are (somewhere in storage). And my mind was all over the place. Coming back when I reviewed my photos, when I saw this picture. Another came into my mind, and I wish I had thought of it there and then. My mind needed more oiling.
After about forty minutes or so of sweating, we decided to call it quits and go for afternoon tea. But on the way out, I stopped the car and jumped out. The light was just beautiful that afternoon. I spent another 10 mins running around clicking away and hoping that no other cars were coming toward the exit.
Made it out! That was nice. Shooting randomly after quite a long hiatus. With gears missing or broken it was down to the bare minimum. With less equipment I had to make do also spending less time to set up each shot. One umbrella, two speedlight, one light stand, one human light stand (thanks wifey).
Hopefully soon will have chance to shoot more of our local cars.
Stay tuned for part two.