Vintage and Luxurious Automobiles

From time to time I like to photograph beautiful cars at auto shows or on a city street. Sometimes the setting could be a busy city street, other times a quiet neighborhood. I have found beautiful cars parked on a quiet street and could take my time taking photos. The best way to photograph autos is to avoid harsh light. Sunlight is fine so long as it is not in the middle of day.

If you happen to take a photo of an auto in midday-open shade may be your best bet. Be careful not to get yourself in the picture as the chrome and shiny paint finish can reflect anything in front. Taking photos at an angle may help. For stock photo purposes it will be necessary to clone out the logo as well as the flying eagle or Mercedes Benz star on top of the hood. Some cars like Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini are copyrighted and cannot be photographed for commercial purposes.

Many vintage automobiles are slowly disappearing. Back in 1998 I took photos of a 1930's or 40's vintage Rolls Royce. This type of car is rare as I have never seen one since. I shot the photo on film and scanned it just recently. Many places like Santa Fe New Mexico have shows featuring vintage cars. Perhaps there may be show in your neighborhood.

A good place to find beautiful cars might be los angeles as this city has a lot of rich people especially in Beverly hills. Todays cars all look the same with the same type of stying. Vintage autos give us a look backward to happier times when luxury and horsepower were unlimited. Future autos could be these tiny gas or electric powered cars designed to get 100 miles per gallon and just enough room for 1 or 2 people.

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Photo credits: David Omar, Stephen Coburn, Roza, Richard Gunion.

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November 13, 2007


Sorry to hear about your Lexus. I thought that was a good brand and reliable. Maybe the Japanese car makers are slipping. Maybe a 1957 Chevrolet might be good car.

November 13, 2007


Great cars, I myself own one... I've purchased from our city's (only) Lexus dealership, trading in my 1997 ES300 and paying the balance in cash. The defects began to surface by the second year of ownership. Nevertheless, last December, after the Lexus tail pipe and engine had to be replaced and I tried to trade in the car (with another Lexus because, with that history, no one else wanted it), Lexus (corporate) would not give any more than blue book value. All work has been under warranty and only the Lexus Service Department has touched the car. Each time it was repaired, I was told the car was now a "new car." However, the "new car" concept does not apply to trade in value.

This is my only means of transportation, and I'm just a bit uneasy about its reliability. I now own a car with 47K miles (and climbing) that has been rebuilt in the Lexus Service garage. And, since no other dealership / individual wants it, I have little choice than to buy another Lexus (?!). Call me old fashioned, but I had also expected to drive my car for a while, and hadn't planned and/or budgeted to replace it so soon.

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