So, I turn to the ideal day for me, a sunny early autumn day. The kind that does not involve outerwear or long sleeves, and headgear is optional. The event in question is a local old car show, the viewers myself and daughter Allegra.
I enjoy old cars - with the wheelchair, I wont be driving them. Just enjoying the days of great looks is style, detail and shadow...
The view above is a 1964 Chevy El Camino, a car-like truck (a Ute in NZ/Oz; the Holden SS-V Ute is stunning :). Style and function work well here, although this pristine example doesn’t probably carry hay bales or manure in its bed these days...
Back then, not just the sheetmetal was styled, the details were to. To the delight of shadow chasers! The 1955 Ford has a shadowy V-8 badge, and highly chromed trim that highlights the shadow hunter and huntress (thrice)
The heady days of the mid-to-late 1960's indicated that horsepower was king. That and the low gasoline/petrol prices then meant that going fast was no problem.
Chevrolets offered fast cars with big engines that went well...fast! The badge on the electric blue car indicated the mighty 427 engine. Speed is what the gearheads wanted. I actually preferred the shadow that occurred!
The term in use around 1970 for a certain class of car in the US was musclecar. Cars that went fast, such as the this one were, in power and the detailing here. Such as this 1970 Plymouth Road Runner.
What is more cartoonish than an air scoop on the hood/bonnet that is an air-breathing shark. Odd today, although when I was 15 (at the time), the ridiculous now was really cool then.
The hood scoop offers a shadow, and the hood tie-down offers a subject, reflection and shadow. The southern leaning sun makes for great shadows!
Finally, the details extend all over the vehicles, from the acres of body steel to the usual - a wing mirror. It is embossed with the Chevrolet 'bow-tie' emblem.
The not clandestine khaki-clad photo taker shows up, too...
At events like this, shadow shots are always on my mind. I seek shadows - and they find me every time!
Follow your shadowy instincts at this so-fun meme from Hey Harriet!