Posted: November 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
When I am in the mood for shooting some abstracts I head off to some of the local museums, junkyards, old buildings, etc, which offers me a chance to shoot some abstract looking subjects and makes it fun for me to create new artistic images. A photographer friend that new I was expanding my range outside of nature told me about a museum near my home that I didn’t know about. It is the Walter P Chrysler Museum (which has since closed). It has some of the coolest old cars I have ever seen. The designs of the ornate details on these cars are a close-up photographers dream shoot. I was there for just a few hours and got lots of great abstracts and didn’t even cover a fraction of what there was to shoot.
I also know there are a lot of photographers that like shooting close-ups of subjects outside of nature. When I offered a survey on my blog asking how many people shoot subjects that are not of nature, it was about 120 people saying they did shoot subjects outside of nature and less then ten said they only photographed subjects in nature. So it told me there is interest in shooting other subject matter in the close-up world. When I offered a workshop at the Henry Ford Museum for a hands on small group it sold out in less then twenty four hours. I will always be out in nature shooting but during the dead of winter, or in the heat of summer or when subjects are limited in nature, I now have options that are also fun and challenging to photograph.
The nice clean glossy paint jobs and all the chrome on these cars provided a lot of reflections which made for an interesting abstract. Here are some vents on a hood from an old car and the vents are reflecting in the black fender, and as the fender bends downward, it picks up stray reflections from other subjects nearby. I love all the odd lines running in all different directions. The lighting on these subjects is usually overhead spotlights which at times can had an interesting feel to the subjects.


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  1. Sharana Mueller says:

    Hi Mike,

    You have probably heard of this car museum, but thought I would send it anyway. I have not been there yet. It is up near Wauconda, IL. A year pass is $55.00. He said photographers are always welcomed. It seems large. I asked him if he had heard of Mike Moats, and to my amazement he had not. He did discourage tripods, thinking they could fall and damage the car, then would be at our risk. He said that *most photographers do not use tripods there*. Is that a disadvantage or problem not being able to use one? An accident can always happen.

    http://www.volocars.com/ * Volo Car Museum*

    I had signed up for your Warrenvile, IL workshop and cancelled. I am thinking now I want to attend, it is not far from my home and you are a fantastic teacher! I think I will sign up, hoping there are still openings.

    THANKS, Sharana Mueller

  2. James Saxon says:

    Love the photo of the lines in the car. It is an interesting horizontal and I found it a nice vertical when I rotated my monitor. Try it as a vertical and unless folks know its an automobile it should work either way.

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