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Any advice to shoot an event with 40 of the same car?

 
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Jan 01, 2015 05:53 |  #1

Hi,

So car photography is not my strong point. But I kinda like it. My brother owns a Toyota GT86 (external link). He signed up on a message board where he chats and meets with other owners and each year they organize a festival where 40 car owners participate. It takes place on two days. The cars are white, orange, red, blue, black and dark grey.

This year, the festival will take place in our region (in June) and two weeks from now we'll meet with the admin of the forum who is the main organizer and a few other owners who'll help organize. We'll discuss ideas such as activities, itineraries, etc. I know him and a few guys with whom I've hanged around on other outings (external link). They liked my pictures. Now I know a lot of people will take photos or snapshots at that event. I'm looking at doing something a little more elaborate and that may need some planning ahead. It's not paid, it's just for fun but I'm looking at it as a learning experience.

I'm looking for advice in terms of logistics, gear and ideas of shoots.
For example I'd like to shoot while on the side of the road and get back in the convoy either somewhere in the middle or in the last car. But that needs to be planned in advance. I'd also like to not have always the same cars on the photos; something I noticed happened during the other trips. There will be a convoy of 40 cars so that's gonna span on several kilometers...

Anyway. Any advice will be appreciated. :-)


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Jan 01, 2015 07:22 |  #2

Hi there. For shooting the convoy I suggest to look up at the road, where the convoy will be going and try to find a bridge or over-the-road passage, from which you can shoot the convoy from higher ground ( a helicopter or drone will be useful :D ). Other suggestion is to get another car, that is not part of the convoy and go alongside the cars for some rolling shots.
For the location shoots my suggestion is to get there a day or two before to observe the whole location and see if there any interesting places for individual (or group shots of different colors of the car) shoots


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Jan 01, 2015 10:02 |  #3

Are your photos something that will be shared with all the car owners?

While in some respects the cars are the same, in others they are not. I suspect that very few of the cars are unmodified "stock"

As someone who participates in events by a similar one marque car club, you need to take pictures of all the details that make one different than the others. Things like engines, interiors, wheels, body components etc. etc. etc. Those are the types of things that the car owners will appreciate seeing in the cars of their fellow enthusiasts to give them ideas etc.

I would also recommend getting shots of the owners in front of their cars and candid shots of the car club people hanging out and interacting with each other.


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Jan 01, 2015 15:22 as a reply to  @ LevelPebble's post |  #4

First of all, thank you for taking the time to share some very useful advice.
Yes, the photos will be shared between participants so that we can see one another's and yes, a lot of the cars are modified. I take note of that advice: to take photos of details. I'm thinking the 50mm f1.8 will be interesting for that? I had tried it in a previous meeting and I liked the results.

I'm not used to taking photos of people but that will be an interesting exercice for me if I manage to get some shots of the people hanging around together.


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Jan 01, 2015 18:49 |  #5

If it is like the Ford Capri Club I am in, most of the people go to the same meets together and have become friends over the years. So while the cars are what brings everyone together, it is also important to capture the atmosphere of the entire event by getting pictures of the people.

When people look back at the photos, they enjoy seeing pictures that capture the entire experience.


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Jan 18, 2015 06:29 |  #6

Okay so I have a little more details on how the weekend is gonna go since we've had our meeting yesterday. They officially named photographer for that weekend. :oops: They said I don't have a choice. ;-)a So I'm coming back to you for some more advice or ideas.

On Saturday we'll likely meet at a Toyota dealer (just waiting for their approval but it should be okay). So most of my work there will be to capture the people interacting with one another and the details of each car since most of them are modified in a way or another. I think the 50mm will be the lens to use. And maybe a little wider for more general scenes? So I guess I'll have to walk around with my two cameras... Any advice on that?

Then we will all drive for more than an hour to go to a restaurant and we'll take interesting mountain roads. We've decided to divide the convoy into four groups of 10 car (+ organizers.; probably one at the beginning and one at the end of the group). One way for me to do it would be to be at the end of the first group (shoot some pictures of the group from there), then they leave me on the side of the road somewhere. I wait for the second group, take pictures as they drive by. I get back into the last car of the second convoy that will drop me off somewhere else, etc. Does that seem doable?
Maybe I could also be in the first car of the group and shoot from the trunk while on little roads so that I can have pictures of the cars from the front...
So far I've used the 70-300 for shots taken from the interior of the car while we were driving. But when on the side of the road, I guess I'll need something like my 24-105. What would be your advice on carrying that gear (two cameras, with two or three different lens). I have a backpack but I doubt it will be very efficient if I need to change cameras quickly, etc. get out of a car, go back in another... That logistic scares me a little. -?

We'll have dinner together that evening (photos or not?) and then everybody goes to their respective lodging for the night (home, hotel, etc.).
On Sunday, we'll have a tourist rally where we think three cars will leave every 2-3 minutes. I think I'll be somewhere on the itinerary to shoot every car as they go by. Still thinking about that.

Others ideas : there will be a huge parking lot for midday on Sunday. And it's sloping. I'm thinking about parking the cars according to their colors (every red, every orange, etc. together) and I would be at the bottom of the parking lot. I need to be a little higher so I could use a ladder or something in order to have the 40+ cars on the picture. Any advice or ideas?


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Sep 09, 2015 15:12 |  #7

How did this turn out?


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Sep 12, 2015 15:19 |  #8

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How did this turn out?

Pretty well, thanks for asking. :-) I posted some "still" photos in a thread.

It was fun to be on the side of the road, shooting the cars as they passed. They often flashed their lights or waved at me which was nice. I've only had nice feedback so it seems they were happy with what I did. It's not professional quality but it was good memories for them and a lot of fun for me so I guess it was a successful weekend (if I forget about getting eaten by an insect on Sunday. It hurt for a while. ;-)a ).

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Nov 03, 2015 16:00 |  #9

Wow nicely done! Im loving the winding road shots


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Nov 07, 2015 16:42 |  #10

Some times like to have the camera closer to the ground.
Just don't get ran over.

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Dec 19, 2015 10:07 |  #11

I have seen other similar shoots where the cars are parked in a large lot in an arrangement that creates a symbol for the brand. That is then shot from a higher elevation looking down, something like a cherry picker, or from a taller building. One instance I saw was done on the top level of a parking garage and shot from the adjacent building. I don't have the links saved though.


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Dec 25, 2015 04:16 |  #12

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I have seen other similar shoots where the cars are parked in a large lot in an arrangement that creates a symbol for the brand. That is then shot from a higher elevation looking down, something like a cherry picker, or from a taller building. One instance I saw was done on the top level of a parking garage and shot from the adjacent building. I don't have the links saved though.

Yes they did that too with a drone two years ago.


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Dec 26, 2015 08:59 as a reply to  @ virginie24jb's post |  #13

You did a great job, I agree with Broxx, the winding road shot is great!

If you ever shoot these in the future just try talking to each owner. Car guys love to talk about their cars and the modifications they've made. Focus on displaying the mods and even if you have 5 cars that used to all be factory red stock the unique characteristics will help them stand out and possibly help you sell some prints to the owners.


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