Round Rock Rods

It was a balmy summer morning and I was running late to catch Round Rock's regular car enthusiast gathering. By the time I got there, maybe 11ish am, the lot was thinning out into a sparse collection of vehicles. It doesn't take long for the rapidly increasing heat of a summer day to chase away all but the diehard gear heads. I wandered around for a bit and snapped a few photos, spending my brief time looking more at details than the whole of the cars. There are interesting bits of Art Deco on some of these old machines that you just don't see anymore. 

Photos taken with a Fujifilm X100F, Classic Chrome simulation.

Misfits Ol' School for School

I was out for a ride down some back roads on my Road King and decided to stop in downtown Taylor for a drink, as a sweltering heat was settling in following an overcast morning. The Misfits car club was holding a school supply drive at my favorite watering hole, Texas Beer Company. Of course, I braved the sun that was starting to force its way through the cloud cover and wandered around a bit, snapping a few photos with my iPhone. I just can't resist classic cars.

All photos were snapped with the Blackie app on my iPhone 6s Plus. More photos from the event can be found on my gallery site.

Round Rock Car Show

I caught the monthly Round Rock car show a couple of weeks back. Car shows are a tough draw during the dog days of Summer and attendance by enthusiasts can dwindle. Luckily, it wasn't too terribly hot in the mid morning when I stopped by and I was pleased to see some lovely classics. My photographic companion was my trusty Fujifilm X100F. I had a fun time milling about in search of interesting cars and details.

It took me longer than usual to get around to posting some shots from the show. There was the fact that I was busy finishing up a summer class, along with keeping up with my regular job. I also spent a lot of time processing my files. While anyone who frequents my blog knows I love black and white, I do a good bit of color work on cars and bikes. I had a hard time choosing between the two this time around. First, I processed in all black and white. Then it was all color after playing around with some different looks in Lightroom CC. I finally settled on a mixture, giving each image what I thought it needed. Sometimes the choice can be quite maddening.

I'll talk more about my evolving new workflow in Lightroom CC in another post. I've got some thoughts about that which are best left to a dedicated discussion. Suffice to say for now that working in Lightroom CC has me reevaluating how I capture and process my image files. All images from the car show were captured with the X100F's Classic Chrome simulation and processed for color or black and white in Lightroom CC. If you like these, you can find more from the show on my gallery site.

Lonestar Round Up 2015

Last weekend was the Lonestar Round Up, a great car show at the Travis Expo Center that draws a huge crowd to see a lot of custom car creations. It was a busy weekend for me and I managed to get by the show for only a couple of hours - not near enough time to see everything. I tend to gravitate towards the classics and the rat rods. Here are a few highlights from the show. As usual, I shot with my Fuji 14mm lens on my Fuji X-T1 so that I could get up close among the crowd. Full image gallery is here.

Cruising the 2014 Austin Lonestar Round Up

The Austin Lonestar Round Up, an annual show for custom cars, was held recently and I stopped by with my buddy Mark to check out the sights.  I'm not a huge car guy myself.  Still, I can appreciate the art and creativity that goes into the making of a custom ride.  The sleek lines of more polished cars are great.  However, I tend to gravitate toward the raw, gritty, often rusty look of rat rods.

I decided to take in the show with a simple bit of camera kit.  Shows like these can be packed, making it difficult to get clean shots of the cars.  With that in mind I brought only my Fujifilm X-E1 with a 14mm lens.  This let me get in close and create the illusion of isolation even when I was surrounded by folks checking out the same car.

For a classic look I chose to shoot black and white - literally.  Rather than go the typical route of capturing in color and converting to black and white in post production I threw caution to the wind and captured B&W JPEG files only.  My X-E1 has a great feature of being able to simulate a few B&W filters so I bracketed a set of film simulations with the available filter choices (red, yellow, green.)  This allowed me to choose what looked best for the paint of the cars.  For the most part I tended to favor the red filter.

Here are a few of my favorites from the show.

One of the most fun things for me at custom car shows like this is to look for interesting and unique details that people add to their machines. I could spend hours looking over the cars to discover the creative and sometimes amusing little bits of detail that may not be apparent on first glance.

Mark found in previous years that as the show is wrapping up at the end of the day you can get some clean, isolated shots of some of the cars parked in a field.  We headed there as cars started to file out of the show and sure enough after a little while our patience paid off.  I was able to get a few relatively uncluttered shots that almost look like they could have been staged.