Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Style Influences Shadow

Shadow Shot Sunday from Brisbane's own Tracy, arrives on beautiful days in October. There were a car shows in the past two weeks that I couldn’t resist, and both on beautiful sunny days.

Soon  the old-car restorers and aficionados will park their babies in advance of winter snow and ice melting road salt turn their pride and joys into the rusty heaps they may have once been. 

Since old US autos are full of interesting details, I was looking for some of their equally styled shadows...

To start, the sun is highlighting a bold ruby 1961 Chevy Impala SS. The first item is an item on the hood (bonnet), a stylized shark fin in shadow and reflection. The next view is the side trim in the rear. The sweeping chrome molding is curvaceous, highlighted underneath by a similar shadow. Nothing is styled like this any more, anywhere.













A 1956 Ford Fairlane convertible sits under a brilliant sun. The front bumper, resplendent in a  very bright sun. The shiny appendage nearly obscures the wheeled photographer and the other admirers. What's not to like here with wild styling and a deep turquoise hue. A stunner!

This model had the optional Thunderbird V-8, the most powerful available then. In these days, the auto maker liked to show off the buyer who shunned their cheapskate urges and bought the more expensive engine. So they created an emblem of success that you, the astute buyer, could show off. Hence, the stylish Thunderbird V-8 emblem adorning its flanks. It seems a jet in motion with a lovely trailing shadow...
If you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style!" Doc Brown, Back to the Future

A few decades later, I saw a 1982 DeLorean, the gull winged sports car of the early 1980s. Of course, many of us have seen the Back to the Future film trilogy, where this was the star. 
(I believe that this one runs on unleaded petrol, unlike the plutonium used in the movie). I hope, as I was pretty close to it... The door opened up into a great shadow, and Patti noticed when you flip this frame, the shadow looks almost like a face. Cool...a nice effect I didn’t plan! See more at Brisbane's own Hey Harriet!


26 comments:

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

WOW...need my shades for all that red and chrome...I had a bright red 58' Ford Fairlane fastback, my first car, let me tell ya, it was a beast to get around all those hairpin turns in the high country of Colorado where I lived at the time. Sold it to a man who was going to restore it, so I could have a more feasible car for the mountains...Ford Horizon...it conquered my mountainous terrain like a goat, the only place I ever got stuck in the snow was when I moved back to Iowa...go figger!!!

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific post for the day, Ralph! And fantastic shadow shots! Love all the brilliant color as well as just seeing some of those old cars! Definitely a trip down memory lane! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Sylvia

Patti said...

Wow, these photos you got at the car show are fab. Guess I should have gone with you, eh?

There's always next year.

Catherine said...

great series of shots - particulrly like that close up detail of the first - the red, the chrome and the gleam - great combination...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I agree with Patti on both counts: They are fabulous shots--and she should have gone with you!

frayedattheedge said...

Fabulous photos - they just don't make cars like that any more (and we don't really have cars like that here in the UK!!)

fredamans said...

Looks like a fun time, I love cars! Those shadows are wonderful!

The Clip Cafe said...

Oh back to the future! I loved those movies! Love the thunderbird shot too.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely strong shadows in these shots

Sam said...

Such beauties! Really, they don't make cars like they used to. Will they look back on the cars of today with the same fondness and admiration for design that we look at these magnificent autos? I don't think so. These are fab shots - thank you for sharing!!!

Dimple said...

I was taken with the first shot, to mymind it's the best of them all, red paint, chrome ornament, and double shadows!
Thanks for the visit, I laughed when I thought about the plant being arrested for tampering with the mail!

Greyscale Territory said...

The bright red and shiny chrome are so dramatic! And love the hints of shadows everywhere giving depth to the emblems and enhancing the shape of the cars!

Cassie said...

Hey Ralph you're Delorean shadow is just in time for Back to the Future's 25th anniversary! Nice looking old cars. Style was more important a few years back. Today the boxes we drive are not a thing of beauty. ;>(

Kay L. Davies said...

'56 was my favorite year for cars, although I was much too young to think of driving. Love that '61 Impala, too, which came out when I was still too young to drive. Just love the cars of the 50s and 60s.
Good shots of the DeLorean, too, Ralph. Thanks.

Kay, Alberta

sarayutouched said...

this car show has left you with some great shadow chasing. very impressive auto photos ralph!!
happy sss.

Beverley Baird said...

Lovew all these car shadows! Great place for finding some very interesting shadows!

EG Wow said...

Neat shots, Ralph! You got to get close up and personal with this beauty, PLUS you took some fun shadow shots, :)

Just Me said...

Very nice photos of some beautiful cars! Down here in Florida, if they see someone pull out a camera, they all distraught. They don't want people taking pictures of their cars down here... Nice shadows as well!

Melody ~ Blondie's Abode

Tom Hilton said...

These are some real beauties. Great shots!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What an unbelievable things! The colour combos are absolutely wonderful.

Hmmm... would you mind to build one of those, bro? §;-)

Hope you're enjoying your trip for chasing those great shots!

Hugs to you & Patti.
x0x0

chubskulit said...

You captured so many beautiful shadows this week Ralph! Have a blessed Sunday!

Shadow Shots

Pagan Sphinx said...

Excellent vintage car shadows! And that reflections shot is also very cool.

My entry is here

Jeanette said...

Great Shadow Shots. The cars look beautiful and what a good eye you have to find the shadows of the cars emblems. Great Job!! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a chance to hop on over to my blog and tell me what you think! Feel free to comment on my Parenting Post as well.

Eden said...

Wow, these are fantastic shadows, Ralph.

Have a great week.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That Patti has a clever eye!! Loved the car details Ralph...we just put our car away for the winter *sigh* but, it makes it all the more fun to get it out come May!! ENjoy your week ahead!
Karla & Karrie

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Great shots Ralph! I love old cars...and that T-bird in that color...that is my all time fave!!! What I wouldn't give to own one of those!
Hope you had a great weekend:)