42nd Annual Street Rod Nationals

The 42nd Annual Street Rod Nationals East were held in York PA June 5, 6 & 7 and of course, I was more than happy to drop in to see some of the estimated 4000 vehicles roaming and parked within the York Fairgrounds. If you like muscle cars, hot rods and customs, this was the event to attend for those in the Mid-Atlantic Region

I attend several car and motorcycle shows each year (yes, I'm a gearhead) and although you see some of the same vehicles at different events, there is always something you get to lay your eyes on for the very first time. To see the best of the best, simply hang around the "Circle of Winners" for some true awesomeness. Anyhow, I took plenty of photographs as usual and will be posting up some of the goodness in future post. If you'd like to be notified via email you can signup in the right sidebar and new posts will appear right in your inbox. We don't spam, everyone gets enough junk already, right?

So, for today's featured image I chose this 1949 Cadillac fastback which you could not help but notice. I was hanging out under the comfort of a large and shady oak tree when I saw this beauty entering the parking area.

1949 Cadillac Fastback

I really love the sleek lines on this Caddy and the fact that the chrome side molding has been removed for a cleaner look helps to enhance those overall lines. After parking the driver exited the car with a huge smile on her face. She knew this ride was stunningly gorgeous. :-)

1949 Cadillac Fastback Rear

Now ain't she a beauty? The car guys, the car! :-)

My Dad owned quite a few Cadillacs over the years including one with tail lights very similar to these. I was a kid so I'm not sure what year it was, only that it was a sedan.

One of the challenges for photographers at these events is the lack of opportunities to isolate a vehicle. There is just too much going on and background distractions are the norm. Yes, there will be some isolation shots but they'll be few and far between. My solution for this is to create car abstract art by capturing as much of the vehicle as possible with the intention of cropping out all but certain sections to use as your topic. Here is an example of a vintage Chevrolet abstract below.

abstract car art - vintage turquoise chevy

Above I isolated the chrome billet grille and discarded the rest of the car since it was boxed in tightly on both sides and had a lousy backdrop of extraneous objects to distract the viewer. The only hint of the car model is stamped into the grille itself. Many car enthusiast enjoy these abstract art pieces because they stir the imagination. 

So that's going to do it for this post and I thank you for your time. I have plenty of shots from the 42nd Street Rod Nationals and look forward to sharing more with you soon.

In the meantime... Stay Creative!