Cars

Berlin’s traffic in motion

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7269

I stopped under a railway overpass to photograph a small piece of the morning commute in Berlin.  It was interesting to see and compare the vehicles on a German roadway with what I’m used to at home in Calgary.

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7225

I have a lot of fun photographing things in motion and the half hour I spent on this street just outside of downtown was no exception.  Playing with the shutter speed to isolate subjects as they speed by is a good challenge and can make for strong, dynamic images.  Here then are a few more from that session beside the road.

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7238

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7223

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7250

Jetzt Ein Auto - Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7230-2

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7276

Berlin's traffic in motion - © Christopher Martin-7262


Muscle Cars – Grill Badges and Styled Letters

We met some good friends and their boys in Cochrane for a classic car show just outside of the town.  The kids had a great time looking at all of the roadsters, muscle cars, coupes and funny cars.  I was drawn to the emblems and lettering used on the cars from the 50’s and 60’s – there was a style that was spread across most makes and models that was very compelling.

Great lettering script on this Mercury Monarch Richelieu

Headlights from a Dodge Challenger

An amazing two-seater open-top sports car the Lotus Seven

A detail from a Ford Galaxie at the show

Chevrolet’s brilliant chrome past as found on a ’56 pickup

I love this classic Mustang’s grill, particularly the horse itself


Downtown in Motion

The morning’s are still dark when I’m downtown so the lights from the buildings and the vehicles create these illuminated pools.  With a longer shutter speed, I sometimes play with stretching these pockets of lights while capturing the motion of vehicles driving around Calgary’s streets.

I like photographing things in motion, particularly trains.  So, I snuck one C-Train long exposure in this post too.

 

 


Quartering a Window Taxi

Along 9th Avenue in downtown Calgary, Gulf Canada Square’s dark panes of glass often provide a large mirror that abstracts the traffic heading east on the one way road.

I watched traffic for a while, looking down from the 12th floor of Banker’s Hall, until this taxicab drove by distinctive and separated from the other vehicles in that moment.  The slight curvatures of the glass did the real work to create this warp of a simple scene.


Bel Air Wreck on the Prairie

This beaten down shell is on a salt pan in the middle of a barren stretch of prairie near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.  The country roads that connect all parts of the Canadian prairie hold many long forgotten photographic treasures like this car, farmsteads and weathered buildings.  I love finding these great locations and try to re-visit them whenever I can.  I have visited this car and a neighboring broken down farm several times over the past five years.

With a little down time so far this holiday, I have been working with some different software to test them out.  Here, I’m using Topaz Adjust 4 to process the photos for a saturated, over the top look.  The software integrates seamlessly into Adobe’s Lightroom (my main developing and cataloging software) and is reasonably priced at $50.  I am usually less garish in my post processing but it is nice to try some different looks.

 

In these images I have started with the Topaz Spicify preset as a starting point, then adjusted some of the levels to my taste within each picture and then re-imported into Lightroom to adjust some of the color channels and the edge smoothness.


Cruising in style

A neighbor has this lovely old hot rod that he’s brought up to show condition.  He takes it out for a cruise now and then.  Here is one of the photos I’ve made as he rolls past.

The blur is created by using a slow shutter speed on the camera and then panning with the car as it drives by.  Here, the shutter is set to 1/8 seconds using a 300mm lens on my Canon 1D Mark III.

 

In this second image, I have softened edges in the image to play up the painterly quality of this motion blur.  In Adobe Lightroom, I reduced the clarity to -84, set sharpening to 0, and adjusted noise reduction (luminance 100, detail 0 and contrast 0).  A different look, I’m going to print both to see which I like more.