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.