Sometimes a photowalk is closer than you think – as a photographer and aspiring professional I like to hone my skills which means take pictures of things I normally don’t as well as take them in ways that I normally wouldn’t.
I love cars – always have… I have owned many many cars over the years and if I won the lottery I would have 100 so it’s one of my favorite things to photograph when I have time and I normally just don’t have time ☺
I ended up a with a free day so I was looking for a photo opportunity so I looked for places around Tampa Bay and found the Tampa Bay Auto Museum which has a really cool story.
The founder of Polypak, Inc owns the Museum and he is a huge car lover like most of us and once he made it he started collecting amazing pieces of history. He decided to open the collection to the public and when I called and asked they were fine with me taking my camera equipment and do some photography one morning. They were really nice and it’s inexpensive to get it.
I didn’t expect what I found when I got there – you expect to see a few older cars and maybe a newer corvette or something. I was blown away by the collection from vintage, to new age to foreign built to local… it was an incredible range and really well taken care of.
I spent the day doing pieces and parts as well as working on depth of field… I was really not worried about taking full shots of cars and many people have done that and will continue to. I really was working on skills of DoF since there were so many details that I wanted to capture. I really believe this is one of the best ways to learn – find a spot with something you love and then take the challenge to work on one or two photography skills….
What I’m trying to covey in this article is my love for cars and mostly my love for learning new photography. While these pictures are quite older I like to go back to them and see how I have grown photography speaking. What I would do differently now with composure, lighting angles and even post processing. How would I have setup the exposure differently and many other questions I would have today that I didn’t then… Photography is a journey which I never think you get to the end of more of find another path to go down and see something more beautify than you did before.
I never considered myself an artist… I thought that was a painter or something like that. My point is you could and will create art if you continue to try, learn, fail, make mistakes and try again… Remember we are not going to take a photo that hangs on our wall everyday… but we can take one better than we did yesterday.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Museum I highly recommend it for car people like myself… it’s an inexpensive entry fee to see some amazing classics, a gem hidden in Tampa Bay.
I took 100’s of shots but here are just a few more from my day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickpalomba/sets/72157624348802463/