Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowing the Impala

Shadow Shot Sunday returns, and we participants search and find shadows, often in unexpected subjects and places. Like this previously posted beauty. I love old cars and their styling excess. Such as this beautiful 1960 Chevrolet. The outrageous winged fins in the rear leave perfect shadows nestled inside the intricate contours...




In the middle of the stylish Impala, the subtle shadow starts near the door and increases in size as the wing widens toward the rear. Also, the wheel is covered in part by a shadow, as is the underside of the Impala...


American cars back then were styled, often to give the impression of motion while standing still. Look at the white contrail following behind the jet moving along the flanks. Cars are much better these days than back then - but not at all stylish as this. As blogger Carletta noted: "I never really put the jet/contrail idea together... I guess I've seen it and not really 'seen' it. That's pretty neat!" Gotta love that 1960 style!




Subtle shadows occur up front too, mostly over chrome bars in the grille. And underneath the massive vehicle as well. This old car show was a fun time, and shadows were a great byproduct of the exhibits. Shadow hunting never gets old! 


See more of the shadowy world at Brisbane's own Hey Harriet!

29 comments:

BLOGitse said...

Oh-la-laa...
Those were the days...
Happy SSS from Casa!

sarayutouched said...

...they certainly don't make things like they use to!! we can always count on you taking us back...

Cassie said...

Way cool Shadow Shots! Never thought of the design giving the impression of movvement, but you are so right. Wow. Have a happy SSS~!

Paula Scott said...

No secret that I love old cars and this one is a classic! They simply do not make them as beautiful and stylish as they had in this era. Was it you or Roger that commented that cars like these are moving sculptures? I forget, but it fits here!

Patti said...

Love this old Impala too!

Nice post, my dear..

chubskulit said...

That's a hot wheels! Great angle shots too.

My Shadow Shots, have a lovely weekend!

frayedattheedge said...

We've never had quite such stylish cars here (we British tend to go for the understated look - also if we all drove such big cars we would run out of room on our small island!!)

Rosebud Collection said...

Great shadows and what a beautiful classic car..You know, they really did make wonderful looking cars then..and I took them all for granted..
Happy SSS.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

’60 Impala—
gleaming chrome and whitewall tires—
old beauty preserved.

anka said...

That's one great car! Lovely shots!

Sam said...

That's so true - they do look like they are in motion even when they're standing still. All those fins and sleek lines! I think it was the golden age of car designing - ours don't even rate compared to these beauties! Still, whenever I see one from this era I think about how hard it would be to reverse park it in today's tight parking spaces...

Beautiful shot Ralph - have a lovely week!

Beverley Baird said...

Those subtle shadows are so effective on these great old cars! Great photos for the week!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great shadows on a truly classic car.
Awesome!!

Jonny Hamachi said...

snap snap snap snap snap snap snap, cherry shadows hep cat, let's drop the top and cut out to the beach to find the party.

☺lani☺ said...

Nice one here! Happy Weekend!

MyMaracas said...

Awesome. I always loved those cars with fins, and this one casts some very cool shadows.

Hey Harriet said...

What a gorgeous looking machine! They sure don't make them like that anymore. And it's red! Which means that it goes extra fast ;)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Ralph

Birgitta said...

What a car...! A beauty!
Great shots!

Birgitta said...

What a car...! A beauty!
Great shots!

Greyscale Territory said...

A very stylish car! For some reason I always think of the streamlined jet skis of today when I see cars like this! Great photos!

Woody said...

Love the old Impala's

Sweet Repose said...

Boy, did you just bring back some memories...had a boyfriend in high school that had an aqua Impala...what a fancy car, with a HUGE back seat...ha!

Sadly Vietnam tore us apart, he joined the air force and became a lifer...but at least he came back to the states alive, however, he wasn't the man I knew in high school...that horrific war altered so many lives...thanks for the fond memories though!

Eden said...

Wow, what a beauty! Great photos and shadows.

EG Wow said...

Ralph,

Your posts are often excellent at bringing the past into the present. :)

Sarah said...

That is interesting about the design of the cars to look as if they are moving when standing still. Very stylish!

Pagan Sphinx said...

The photos of the Impalla are very cool! Red with shinny chrome - they don't make 'em like they used to!

Happy SSS and a good rest of the week to you!

Dimple said...

I had never thought of the contrail until you mentioned it, then, hey Presto! there it was!

Thanks for the comment!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

LOVE that car! Great shadows too;)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

This is an amazing car Ralph! Karrie told me that you guessed my car right on...I'd say you DO love old cars & know them very well!!
Have a super week Ralph!!