Sunday Select – Oct. 18th, 2015

This week’s Sunday Select is a recent image I took while photographing Travis Knapton’s Audi B6 A4 Avant last month.

Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester

For this week I wanted to choose a shot I like, but has an element in it I feel could’ve been improved during shooting and may have strengthened the overall image.

It’d be pretty hard to take a bad photo of Trav’s car – it’s one of those ones I classify as photogenic – it looks good no matter how it’s shot. These types of cars make us photographers look good, and I’ll take any help I can get! haha

I like this overall image, car looks good, the environment works well (I could do a whole blog post on this environment issue – I cringe inside when I see photos of cars placed in random, weird locations like on train tracks, or my biggest pet peeve, side shots where the car is placed directly across a roadway. To me it doesn’t make sense, but I’m sure some of my locations have been questionable…  so I digress).

OK, so car, environment work for me. I like the crack along the foreground. All good. Where it falls apart for me is the positioning of the bikes – they get a little lost in the background. Luckily, some cloud moved in behind them and helps to give some separation, but I feel like it’s not enough. If I were do this shot over again, I’d move the car and camera over more to camera left and position the bikes between the V in the mountain behind. I’d lower my camera position a little more so the bikes would have the sky/clouds directly behind them – then they’d really pop.

It might seem like such a minor detail, but I find it’s those minor details which can take a good shot and make it a great shot. I try to slow down and take the extra minute to find these type of elements in camera while shooting, but it can be easy to miss them from time to time. Making a mental note of something like this and referring back to it when I find myself in a similar situation has helped me to identify the problem areas in camera before pressing the shutter – but there’s always room for improvement.


Thank you for taking the time to view my photography! – Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester


*Sunday Select is a weekly installment where I pull an image from my archive – new or old – and share it. Sometimes giving a breakdown on how I created it, challenges I may have encountered during the shoot, or nothing other than an “I like it”, or sometimes “Don’t Like It” and why.


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