Article by Ryan Randels and Corey Davis. All photographers are mentioned and linked.
Our social channels this past week have been on fire with some technically savvy and artistically rich photographs. We selected these from a rather large pool and worked with the Team to narrow them down to what we present here. Please enjoy this week’s selection of the Top 10 Automotive Photos.
Clarity. Exposure. Sharpness. Tone. Contrast. Subject. These are all qualities that define a great photograph. And they’re exactly what we’re looking for. For the first couple of weeks, we will provide a little insight into why we chose these images so that everybody can better understand what we and our community are looking for.
Dale Martin is sometimes hailed as the godfather of automotive photography. This image shows why some people feel this way, and we certainly don’t disagree. Besides being one of the first late-gen Corvettes that we’ve seen in the flesh (and it’s already up for resale), this light-painted composite perfectly complements the lines of the C7. Taking on a nearly illustrated appearance, the way the light bounces off the contours of the body makes it look more like concept art than real life. By minimizing the hot spots reflecting off the paint, it seems that it was perfectly situated under an abundance of natural light.
Photo Credit: Dale Martin
We certainly couldn’t ignore one of Murtaza’s pieces of photographic art. With this image being released literally hours after we dropped our last Top 10 that focused on the Shift-S3ctor event, we made sure this photo made it into the running for this week’s installment. Characteristic of Murtaza’s distinctive style, his ability to develop atmosphere and ambient lighting from scratch never ceases to inspire. His use of gradient mapping to reclaim lost colors and create artificial lighting really sets his work apart.
Photo Credit: Alex Murtaza
This photo is one of those artistic shots that really capture the eye. One of my favorite things to remember in photography (and post-processing) is that you can accomplish the same thing in many different ways (thanks, Corey Davis, for reminding me). Instead of dissecting the image, we can discuss two options for achieving this result. First would be to use a rig—a piece of photography wizardry that actually attaches to the vehicle and booms out to the desired length, mounting your camera at the end. The effect is that while using a longer exposure, the camera travels with the vehicle as it moves—the vehicle stays perfectly still (in the perspective of the camera) and the background moves, resulting in a perfectly "still” vehicle with some serious motion blur in the background. The other method would be to use a virtual rig (photo editing software) to create the illusion of motion throughout a still image. Either way, it’s a true art form, and we could spend days discussing the methods and tips (which we will). One telltale sign of a great motion shot is the subject coming out tack sharp—and Egelmair did this exceedingly well in this image.
Photo Credit: Christian Egelmair
Another great composite! How the photographer "captured the light” in this image is stunning. Analyzing the subject first, you can immediately tell that this E93 BMW M3 is being backlit by the natural light coming through the window. Notice, however, how perfectly lit the side of the vehicle is facing us—alluding to the use of artificial light to properly expose this side of the subject. Combine this with the intensity of the sunlight coming through the window and the wispy smoke shrouding the vehicle and you have a ghostly aura that increases the dramatic effect of the image.
Photo Credit: Thomas van Rooij
Another one of our own makes the Top 10 and for good reason! So many components of this image really stand out, making it difficult to put your finger on which specific aspect makes it exceptional. The light’s accent on the crisp curves of the vehicle, the perfectly formed and sharp shadow that complements the vehicle’s form, the indefectible lens flares, and the attention to detail and depth of field are all especially notable.
Photo Credit: Corey Davis
This shot has a great mood to it. The detail in the shadows is excellent, and the way the photo was framed makes you think they stumbled upon this awesome Focus RS just sitting around a corner. The light falling onto the back wall creates a column of light, which immediately catches your attention. Our eyes are automatically drawn to the brightest parts of the image, and since most of this photo is dark, this area really stands out. Once we realize what we’re seeing, our eyes begin to notice the rest of the brightness and the car’s lines, which are also nicely accentuated by that same light.
Photo Credit: PH Pics
This image showing a GTR is well put together. The photographer lit the car nicely using a light painting technique, where each line of the car has a nice consistent highlight so that it really defines the shape of the vehicle. The photographer also made use of the different ambient light temperatures. To the left, you have a warm orange color, and to the right a cool blue color. By mixing the warm colors on the left portion of the frame with the clashing cool ones to the right of the image, the medium point becomes the neutral-colored car.
Photo Credit: William Stern
This image invokes the feeling of a warm summer day. Shooting in the golden light, just as the sun starts to dip below the horizon, is when some of the best natural light becomes available to photographers. Jeremy worked in tandem with the light already provided and lit the car with a strobe, making for a dramatic backlit portrait of this Superleggera. His composition is excellent, the bridge opens up toward the car, and the leading lines of the bridge extend past the car and into the bright sun. A very bright and vivid photo!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Cliff
Alleys and rundown buildings are probably some of the most used locations for automotive photography. In this photograph of a C63 AMG, the many different textures conflict with the smooth black paint of the vehicle, and the earthly red tones of rust and brick add quite a bit of character to the photo. A certain amount of grunginess and raw detail is present throughout. The photographer also chose to desaturate the image a bit, which complements the urban decay setting.
Photo Credit: Quan Duong
Alleys, industrial complexes, and rundown buildings are always great places to shoot cars, but when Mother Nature provides you with opportunities, you take them! The location of this shot is simply awesome. It looks as if it could be from a Subaru advertisement. The car is positioned so that when you look at the water droplets your eye travels right over the car’s profile. The tonalities in the surrounding rock are impressive, and the highlights of lichen help give more of a 3-D effect to the background. We also like how the subdued tones of the image help to unify the car with the scene.
Photo Credit: Robb Sutton
WANT TO SUBMIT YOUR AUTOMOTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY?
We’re always looking for photographers and videographers to submit their content to us. If we like what we see, sharing on the Revvolution.com social channels is just the beginning. As we dive into a new era, we’re looking to expand our Team to build our event coverage and vehicle features. To get started, submit some of your work by one of the methods below, and if it makes the cut, you’ll see your work on the front page of the Revvolution social channels.
1. Register on Revvolution.com and upload your content.
2. Add us as a contact on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/therevvolution/
3. Shoot an email to info(at)revvolution(dot)com