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Old September 23rd   #1
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Places to get rollling shots?

I'm about to send in some pictures of my car to super chevy for there young guns section (readers under 25.........considering I'm about to turn 25 in a few months i need to get on this)

I really wanted to get some pictures of my car rolling and was trying to come up with a good way to do it as well as a place. I've got my truck that I guess I could just drive beside the car. Any idea's on a low traffic area that i could do this? or any other idea's on how to do it. I don't have some super bad camera, just my g/f's basic point and click digital one (yes that's right I don't own a camera.....lol). It does really good for the way I use it. I just know from previous experience it just won't work that well when i try and shoot the car when I'm standing still and it's moving, even at speeds under 40 mph.
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Old September 23rd   #2
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It depends on what you want the end shot to look like. Show me an example and I'll tell you how to do it.
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http://img38.imageshack.us/i/calvineas1280x8661.jpg/

http://img148.imageshack.us/i/calvineas1280x8662.jpg/

Perfect examples.........not to mention that car is sick.
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That's pretty easy to do. Doesn't require anything special. Here's one that was shot with my oldest camera by a friend on fully automatic back in the early part of the decade:



The key to a shot like this is lighting and shutter speed. The backdrop matters somewhat for the color, but that's about it. Since your car is a dark color, I'd use a wall as the backdrop. So you'll have to be driving somewhere with walls higher than your car. Then you need a fairly wide lens, preferably 28mm or shorter. The camera needs to have a fairly slow shutter speed and the operator has to have a steady hand. Lighting would preferably be soft, like it will be in the next two hours. Heck, if you and her are willing to drive to Athens before sundown (we'll need two cars to shoot it), I'll take the picture with her camera. Just feed me and we'll call it even.
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I'll see what I can come up with. Thanks.
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Be sure to post the final pics. I'd love to see them.
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Will do. Maybe they won't look to bad.
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Will do. Maybe they won't look to bad.
What's the model of the camera?
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No clue........like i said it's just a basic. All i do i just put in on auto and zoom to whatever looks good.........I don't take many pics, I'd rather spend the time doing stuff instead of taking pictures to remember......although quite often I need pictures to remember what i did the night before.....j/k.
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Oh okay. I was asking the model number so I could tell you how to set it if it has adjustments.

haha...I know the feeling. There are times I wish I didn't have any cameras, but it's a part of me. I'm seeing photos all the time, so sometimes I get caught up in the photography rather than the activity.
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If you want magazine quality pics, there are a handful of people around here that will shoot you some awesome pics for free or a small fee. (Samir included - if schedule allows)

I had a shoot set up for this Sunday, but my car won't be out of the shop until Monday.
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Beck is right. There's a lot of talent in this town.

One of the best photographers I know hangs out with the h2otuning group. His work has been in Performance VW numerous times and he's got the right equipment and knowledge to make stellar shots. I always love looking at his work.

Munchie is also fantastic, but I know he stays quite busy. There's a few others as well.

As quality camera equipment is now available to everyone (well, everyone with a grand to blow), you're going to see the professional photographer disappear as a full time occupation and as an industry. There are hobbyists that have regular bookings, and I know several, but full-time income from this sort of thing is a kind of a dream of the past. The rates have come down so far and supply has gone up so far that only the best hobbyists can pay for their equipment and time. And with hobbyist work rivaling full-time pros, well, the pros days are simply numbered.
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The four lane between Hwy 53 and Pulaski Pike is good to do that. You can normally ride out that way and not have a bunch of cars on the road. And there is a new road(4 lane) extension just past Farrow and Explorer's Intersection. Its right behind the target shopping center off Univ. Also a nice new road with little traffic
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Also just an added reminder...you don't need higher speeds (mph) to get good rolling shots. I have seen people shoot cars that are rolling at single digit speeds that have some of the best bokeh I've ever seen. Tuckers Honda Tuning rolling shots were done by them pushing the car I believe.lol
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Munchie is also fantastic, but I know he stays quite busy. .
Thanks for the kudos and plug. Coming from someone like yourself that really means a lot and I really appreciate it!
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Also just an added reminder...you don't need higher speeds (mph) to get good rolling shots. I have seen people shoot cars that are rolling at single digit speeds that have some of the best bokeh I've ever seen. Tuckers Honda Tuning rolling shots were done by them pushing the car I believe.lol
True, that does require a special rig, which I only know of one person in town that has one.
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Thanks for the kudos and plug. Coming from someone like yourself that really means a lot and I really appreciate it!
You've come a long way in the short time you've picked up the lens. And I'm sure you'll only get better.
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Thanks man. I was gonna start a thread on here like a "photography Showcase" or something, just to let a bunch of folks show off more than just our normal auto pics, but haven't had the minutes to get one started yet.lol
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Oh and as far as the Rig goes, I am looking into building one with my brother soon, but like Tucks car, a lot of my friends are too low for the rig while driving it as well. So we are trying to fab one up that would mount a little different.
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Here are some sample shots from (imho) one of the Kings of Auto Photography John Jackson of www.notstockphotography.com. He does such great things with post production and even just getting the right angles and such.




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