For some people cars are simply a machine that gets you from place to place. For others, automobiles are a personal statement that reflect individual personalities – some prefer sports cars while others gravitate towards large 4×4 trucks. I’ve always tended toward a more utilitarian approach for my personal cars, choosing function over form, except for the 1965 Mustang I had in my youth.
For the photographer automobiles present the perfect mix of form and function. Auto designers try to achieve beauty while engineers may seek to improve gas mileage or horsepower. What ends up on the showroom floor blends multiple competing goals into a single product. The challenge this week is to capture the essence of any automobile using black and white photography.
Car designers use many of the same principles of design for autos that we use in photography – strong leading lines, graceful C and S curves, and symmetry. Classic cars especially make use of sweeping lines.
You can choose to capture the entire auto, or just part of it. How you frame the shot is up to you, just pay attention to composition and framing.
You can also try to tell a story or convey some emotion. The challenge is “automobiles” so trucks, vans, buses, or just about any motorized vehicle will work for this challenge.
The rules are pretty simple:
- Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+, Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2016.
- The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.
For the active outdoor enthusiast that wants to keep their camera/binoculars at the ready and always secure. Go out and discover!