Weekly Photography Challenge – Antique Cars

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Old cars – look around you, they’re everywhere.

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By PoL Úbeda Hervàs

Weekly Photography Challenge – Old Cars

Admit it – photographers love old things. The more battered, torn, peeling, weathered, falling down, beat up, rusted, broken and just in generally poor condition an item is – the more we love to photograph it. Right?! Tell me I’m not alone on that?

So your challenge this week is to go find an old car. It could be ancient and broken down like described above, or overhauled, in pristine condition, and well cared for by a car enthusiast. It’s your choice – or do both.

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By Craig ONeal

Shoot the entire car (or vehicle) or do some detail shots of important parts. Your call again.

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By Keith Midson

Where to find them?

If you can’t seem to find any old cars in your area here are a few places to look. Please remember not to trespass on private land and get permission before entering anyone’s property.

  • Junk yards (ask first)
  • Farmers’ fields (ask if you need to go on the property)
  • Vintage car clubs or car rallies. These are great as you’ll find dozens or hundreds of cars there on display for you to photograph.
  • Historic parks or museums – outdoor ones are especially good. If indoors ask about their photography policy before shooting and you may also need permission if you want to use a tripod.
  • Cuba – you don’t have to travel there (unless you want to) I just thought I’d mention it as the country is FULL of them, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my images from that amazing country.
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Added some texture overlays using Macphun’s b/w Tonality plugin.

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I loved the detail on the steering wheel on this car.

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You can even hire a driver and a car there for about $30/hour. Or just hail any taxi!

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Light painted using the light from a cell phone!

You may find it handy to have a tripod and polarizing filter (to cut reflections) and shoot later in the day if possible to get nice even light on the car. You might want to check out this dPS article as well: The 5 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Car Photographers Make.

Share your images below:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join her on an adventure on a photography tour to exotic locations.

  • Jay Doraiswami

    The engine in the world’s first car – a Benz from the early 1800’s. This one is a model in the Blackhawk Car Museum.

  • Peggy O’Donnell Nasser

    Thunderbird, Acworth, Georgia

  • DOROTHY

    Nice creation.

  • DOROTHY

    Nice.

  • DOROTHY

    This one tells a nice story’

  • DOROTHY

    Excellent photo

  • Jan Curry Fortier

    I have scads of classic car photos. I took this one yesterday. I think it’s my favourite so far.

  • Aneeta R Madhok

    At the Molitor Paris.

  • On the island of Bohol (Philippines) all the old “jeepneys” have their own face and personality. Check out my travel/photo diary on Bohol. – Thanks, Matt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthahnewald/albums).
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  • Ernest D’Andrea

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  • joe

    Nice.

  • Thank you, Joe.

  • Doug Ingram

    Dodge Gem in Bancroft, Ontario

  • Doug Ingram

    Flowers for a Dodge

  • John Gauntt

    I think it is red. Near Tupelo, Mississippi.

  • John Gauntt

    As cars go, perhaps 19 years old is only mildly old.

  • Sergey Kohl
  • jamesellis1960

    Driving by a used car lot, stopped, jumped out and grabbed some shots!!!

  • jamesellis1960

    One more from the lot!!!

  • jamesellis1960

    I like the HDRish look to the Bug

  • Stanley?

  • Harsimran Kaur Sethi

    Cantessa!!!

  • Thishan

    modified classic Chevy pickup

  • Guy Shultz

    great shots. would like to see your site, can you send me a link?
    thx gshultz@gmail.com

  • Guy Shultz

    nice shot! like the bw treatment too

  • Sarah Christine

    I’m not sure what car this is, but I know it’s old.

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