Shooting Cars

December 20th, 2016 by

PassatSince I have worked at Volkswagen, I have been shooting a lot of cars. You know what is funny about that statement? I said it the other day to the finance manager and he had no idea what I was talking about. He actually thought that I was going to be using guns and shooting bullets at cars. He realized that I was talking about photography when I said that I wanted to shoot the Columbia, South Carolina Fireflies baseball team. I guess the term “shoot,” happened because the camera is aimed at the subject.

Anyways, shooting cars is different then shooting people. With people, you can direct them to be where you need them to be. When you are shooting cars, the car isn’t going to move unless you or another moves it. That means, that I have to do all of the moving. I have to set the car someplace that I like, and then move around to get the shot that I want.

This was one of those times. I was downtown on Main St., and I was looking for an interesting shot to capture this 2017 Volkswagen R-Line Passat. One of the features of the R-Line is the front bumper. It is a sportier bumper with fog lights. Because of this, I wanted to take a picture that put this bumper in the forefront of the scene. This was taken about 1PM on Main St. I have always been a man that lives by the phrase, “It is better to ask for forgiveness, than for permission.” So I put the car up on the median in the road, and got out to set up my shot. It took a few tries to get it where I liked it, but I think it was worth it. To have our capital towering in the background, added a lot of drama to the picture. And the way the car sits on the median, makes for a strong statement about the image. Luckily, no police officers came up and gave me a ticket for this. This car has a huge bang for buck factor, so take a chance and come take a spin and see how this is the right car for you.

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