Hot Rods and Hatters

I spent yesterday afternoon checking out some great cars at the annual Hot Rods and Hatters car show in Lockhart, TX with my good friend Mark and his kids. We had an awesome time seeing the cars and stuffing our selves with BBQ. Readers of my blog know I love cars, particularly the classics and rat rods. There were plenty of both in Lockhart this weekend. 

Gear-wise, I was toting around my X100F and my iPhone 6S with a Moondog Labs anamorphic adapter. I love the anamorphic combination even if the camera is "just" an iPhone. After taking a few shots with the iPhone, I'd almost decided to use that exclusively since it was a casual sort of thing and I was hanging out with folks while walking around. Unfortunately my iPhone battery life has been quite unpredictable lately. Some days it's fine and lasts all day, while others it goes berserk and seems to discharge in the blink of an eye. After using the camera for about 15 minutes the battery percentage starting going down rapidly, dropping from 60% to 10% in just a few minutes. I shut the phone off for a while and when I turned it back on it jumped to 50%. I got about another 15 or so minutes before it plummeted again down to 1%. I could literally watch the percentage tick down. Son of a... Yeah, I was rather pissed at Apple yesterday. I'm in line for a new battery and should have it replaced in a couple of weeks. Hopefully that fixes it.

I shot a good bit with my X100F too, although I have to say I really like having the anamorphic option for car shows and this is one of few times I'd have been content to just stick with the damned phone. It was a cold-ish overcast day and I'd normally have stayed all black and white. The dreary flat light makes some portrait photographers giddy but it does nothing for me. I'd prefer hard light that makes colors pop. I stuck with my favorite Classic Chrome simulation and bumped up the saturation a bit while increasing the contrast in post. I think it works and provides some variety with the all black and white iPhone snaps that I took with the Blackie app.

Here a few favorites from the show. You can check out more if you like on my gallery site.

iPhone

X100F

Hod Rod Night at Top Notch

Top Notch, an Austin burger drive-in, hosts regular hot rod nights and I stopped by last night's event for a bit of motor nostalgia. Top Notch is such a great place for events like this. It hasn't changed much from its 1970s origins and it reminds me of the drive-ins I went to as a kid. I'm a child of the late 60s and while a lot of the classic cars I saw pre-date me, I do appreciate the style and craftsmanship that goes into these machines. 

Yeah, these old automobiles are gas guzzlers. The latest technology in cars makes them gas sippers compared to these machines of yesteryear. In my book though, those modern machines built from aluminum and plastic just don't have the soul of these steel forged classics. I'll take that good old art-deco styling over just about any modern car. 

One of the things I love most about car shows is hunting for interesting details, whether they be accents from the manufacturer, personal touches, props, or even reflections in chrome or glossy paint. I always feel like I could spend hours looking over the cars, searching for those little Easter eggs. 

All photos were taken with my Fujifilm X100f using the Acros film simulation. You can see more images from the event on my gallery site.

Hot Rod Night at Top Notch

Last night was hot rod night at Top Notch Burgers in Austin. I love classic cars and a gathering of car enthusiasts at a great burger joint was enough to convince me to brave the oppressive heat this 4th of July weekend. It's usually a fairly small turnout and I was surprised to see more cars than I'd ever seen there before. As usual I gravitated toward the older classics and rat rods. I was dripping with sweat by the time I made the rounds and I was happy to cool off with one of Top Notch's awesome milkshakes at the end of the evening. Here are a few of my favorite sightings.

Rides

Wheels

Details

Photos taken with a Fujifilm X30, Classic Chrome film simulation. More photos from the event can be seen on my gallery site.

Hot Rods at Top Notch

Top Notch Hamburgers in Austin hosted a vintage hot rod show last Saturday and I stopped by to check out the rides and, of course, snap a few photos. While I'm more into motorcycles than cars, I appreciate vintage vehicles of all varieties. There was a nice turnout at this burger drive-in. There wasn't a lot of light left in the day by the time I got there so I quickly made the rounds, pausing briefly to capture the cars and details that caught my eye. Here are a few favorites.

Full image gallery from the event is here.

Fujifilm X-T1, XF 23mm f/1.4, Classic Chrome