SEMA Las Vegas – November 2012

My second year and another incredible week in Las Vegas. I’m amazed at how creative and innovative these car builders are, and at the resources – time, money, aluminum milling machines – they have at their disposal. To save you the trouble this time, I put my favorite shots first, so the first 4 pages of the gallery are filled with those.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

Lewiston Hot August Nights Show & Shine – August 2012

Photos from Day 3 of a 4-day roadtrip weekend with David and Tyler and the 3rd day of Lewiston Idaho’s 2012 Hot August Nights weekend, this is the Show & Shine along Main St on Saturday morning. Amazing hot rods, clever rat rods, beautiful classics and Lewiston hospitality!

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

Seattle Auto Show – November 2011

I felt like an auto industry photographer this week, as the morning after my return flight from SEMA in Las Vegas I was behind the lens again shooting the Seattle Auto Show. Lance joined me in pushing buttons and critiquing design choices. I most impressed this year by Buick – impressive interiors and competitive cars for the price – and Hyundai – unique designs with a distinctive California studio flavor, really coming into their own rather than just shadowing trends. Click through to critique the 2012 models for yourself.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

SEMA Las Vegas – November 2011

More insanely custom rides, meticulous detailing, original machine work, and incredible cars than I’ve ever seen in one place. There are over 1300 photos because I saw so many things that I wanted to remember, but if you’re just looking for a quick review, click here for my top 40 favorites.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

Early Christmas?

Just in case anyone wants to buy me a super present, one of my dream cars has come down significantly in price lately.

I’ve always loved the 2000-2001 S4, in this exact color, with this exact interior. I don’t need a third car, but if it was a gift, well, I couldn’t refuse it, now could I? 🙂

Big picture, small budget

I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately, mostly of cars, so maybe that’s why i have them on the brain. Or perhaps because i read Boing Boing a lot and Cory, Xeni and co. frequently dig up the photographic gems of the interweb and post links for me to click on. Come to think of it, a lot of my daily reads are photography-heavy, i suppose because there are only so many mediums through which i can be digitally influenced and with my solid distaste for websites that make noise that leaves lush photography, witty prose and off-kilter cartoons as the only possible ways to reach a creative hand out from the flickering orb and hijack my attention.

That said, i’d love to show you all the amazing photographs i’ve been taking lately as i walk to work, explore the city or sit staidly watching passersby. Except that i don’t do any of those things, and i’m feeling the limits of a point-and-shoot camera (albiet a pretty flexible one) and that’s holding me back from taking a lot of photos myself. If someone wants to buy me a nice DSLR i would be happy to fill my web hosting space with snappy photos to amuse and delight you, perhaps even Polaroid-o-nized for your viewing pleasure (check that out, seriously, it’s the coolest thing i’ve seen in a while). While i’m waiting for your gift order from Amazon, though, you’ll just have to enjoy other people’s photographic adventures instead of mine.

I’m all into old Russian stuff lately, so in that vein i’ve got some abandoned Russian buildings and some propaganda posters that i, at least, enjoy perusing. There are actually some Cuban and Czech commies represented there, too. I just find this stuff so creepily intriguing.

A photo montage under my direction wouldn’t be complete without some pictures of cars, natch. So let’s click over to the Henry Ford Museum and peep all the vintage cars, crazy motors and vintage american kitsch. Apparently Henry also has a large collection of dresses and women’s shoes… interesting.

A museum is fun, and while i’ve certainly been known to swipe through one camera in hand, what really turns my crank are the shots that aren’t manufactured for you by a display designer but that come from your own unique (trans: weird) view of the world. That’s why i really enjoy Brian McCarty‘s work – in addition to the obvious name similarities (did you notice both of us share surnames with Phoenix Suns players? how crazy is that?) his work inserting toys into real life situations is exactly the kind of thing i’d waste countless gigs of digital film trying to duplicate. Or maybe i’d just build myself a girlfriend out of legos and take glamour shots of her all day. I mean really, how many more examples do you need of what a great photographer i’d be with the right equipment? Go buy me that camera already! It’s not like i’m asking for a 4 billion pixel camera or anything, although that would certainly be cool. Check out the landscape shots at the bottom of the gallery – wowza! That’s some serious detail.

Anyway, that’s my pitch. I hope i’ve convinced you that every second you don’t buy me a new camera is another second you’re depriving the internet of the large-aperture action figure photography it so desperately needs. Now it looks to be a nice day today (perfect for exploring the city with a camera… ahem) but i guess i’ll go to work and maybe later i’ll invite some athletic friends to the park and we’ll play soccer and make ice cream.

Roadster Show

Finally got pix of the roadster show posted. Took forever – i’m such a slacker! Danielle, Miguel and i had a good time wandering through the sheet metal and fiberglass museum when they were here a few weeks ago, i just took this long to get all the thumbnails and captions done. I stayed up past midnight on a tuesday for this, so you better go check it out! Seriously! Going to bed now…

I’m meeting with a recruiter on Monday

I’ve been living with Josh for, oh, 2 days now. I helped him buy a car on Friday (that’s what he gets for taking me shopping 😉 so today we’re going to wash and wax our respective “pets.” I’m meeting with a recruiter on Monday, and still have some prospects going. I’ll keep ya posted!