Focus on Automobile Photography

In this installment of the Gulf Coast in Focus, I will tell you how I became involved with and specialized in automobile photography. I have always loved muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s. I especially like Mopars. Mopar is a reference to any Chrysler-built vehicle. My love of Mopars is due in part because my father always drove Mopars, they are what I grew up around. He liked them so much that in 1988 he founded the Southern Mopar Association, a club for classic Mopar enthusiasts. I was very active in the club for several years.

My first car was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible that I found on the way home from high school one day. It was followed by a 1967 Dodge Charger and a 1987 Dodge Shelby Charger. While in college, I couldn’t afford the upkeep of my ’67 Charger, so I sold it, and not having a classic Mopar any longer, I stopped attending meetings and events put on by my father’s car club.

Fast forward to April 2011. Having become enthusiastic about photography, I always looked for something to do on the weekend that would provide good photo opportunities. I was also in the process of refining my skills with HDR photography. High Dynamic Range photography provides a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image. April 30th was a beautiful day, and the Mopars at the Battleship 16th Annual Car Show and Swap Meet was taking place at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. What a great opportunity to rekindle my love of cars and to further my HDR techniques. I went to this show, as well as another show the same day, the Fitzpen Spring Showcase Car and Truck Show.

After the shows, I created galleries for the images on my website and posted them. Click on the images to see full size and other images in the same gallery.

One of my favorite images from Mopars at the Battleship is the close-up of a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T grill seen below.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

My favorite from the Fitzpen show was the Volkswagen below.


In June, I received an email from my website hosting company informing me that someone had ordered prints from the gallery that I created for the Mopars at the Battleship car show. I was very excited, this was my first sale and to my surprise, the prints were of a 1970 Plymouth ‘cuda which was the same color as my ’70 Barracuda. What a coincidence? Here are the images for the prints that were ordered:

1970 Plymouth 'cuda

1970 Plymouth 'cuda

With this success, I decided to find some more car shows to photograph. In July I went to the Hadji Shrine’s Car Show in Pensacola. This show had a large variety of cars and trucks, including the same 1970 ‘cuda that I photographed at the Battleship in April. While I did take more pictures of the ‘cuda, one of my favorites of the show was a ’55 Chevy. Here is an image of the ‘cuda and the ’55.

1970 Plymouth 'cuda

55 Chevy

In the next installment, I will continue with my car show theme. I have had had numerous shows this year in which I was the official photographer of the event. The benefit with this is that in most cases, I am able to photograph the cars as they are entering the venue as opposed to taking shots of them in the show field were other cars and people end up in the picture. Until then, enjoy the links above to the galleries of these three shows.

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Jon Jeffress

“There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.”

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