Hannu Palovuori Photography: Blog http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Hannu Palovuori Photography hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) Thu, 11 May 2017 19:11:00 GMT Thu, 11 May 2017 19:11:00 GMT http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v44/u6060535-o812640712-50.jpg Hannu Palovuori Photography: Blog http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Vintage cars and new generation http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/vintage-cars-and-new-generation

 

Last fall at the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of the seminars addressed the issue of the future of car collecting.  One of the questions was if there is a future for car collecting, will the younger generation take up the mantle.  

I am not an expert, I don't do research into these matters, and definitely I am not a clairvoyant.  (I am lucky if I can find my keys and a cell phone on my better days!).  Based on my unscientific, hap-hazard and very illogical study, I think all is well for the future. 

Being a photographer who chases cars, let me tell you how I came about the conclusion I just gave you. Every summer I attend my four favourite multi day car shows, Fleetwood Country Cruize In, in London On #fleetwoodCountryCruize, Wheels on the Bay in Belleville, On #wheelsonthebay. Mopar fest in New Hamburg, On, #moparfest and Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Kemble, On.#CobbleBeachConcours.  During the shows, I talk to car owners, and people who come and see the show. The interest in cars is there, from young guys and girls, which is great in it self.  One day perhaps, they will fix grandpa's old car to a pristine condition.  Also when I talk to car owners', many of them are from a younger generation.

Did I mentioned that I chase cars? Yes of course I did.  In my scrounging through the internet, sometimes putting my ad on KIjiji, or checking other car sites I come across person who would like to photograph their car. By accident, last month alone, I have come across two young gentlemen from opposite ends of Ontario, who are proud owners of amazing vintage wheels.

If I can accidentally find several young vintage car owners, imagine what I could find if I used more scientific and larger search! This is why I said, that the future of vintage car collecting seems to alright.

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hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/vintage-cars-and-new-generation Thu, 11 May 2017 19:10:48 GMT
Taking Pictures in a car show http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/taking-pictures-in-a-car-show      The Canadian International Car Show is just about to open its doors in Toronto, and even though the car show season is still few months away, I thought this could be a perfect time to share some thoughts on how to take pictures in a car show.  I am not going to get too technical, that would just take all the fun out of it.  I just going to give you some hints, that may help you in taking those perfect shots.

     Most importantly you will need time and PATIENCE.  Time, so you can check out the venue, find the cars you want to photograph, and how is everything located.  You want to know best view points where from take your pictures, so they do not appear cluttered.  Patience is very important, because you will have to wait for people to get out of the way, which at times is not easy.  You also need to know your camera, so night before the show, grab that dreaded manual, and read up on it!

#WheelsontheBayCadillacTaken with 200 mm telephoto to isolate crowds and other vehicles at Wheels on the Bay

     Every show is different, and let’s start with indoor show  - like the up coming CIAS.  I have to tell you, the light is going to be horrible! Your eyes will see perfectly, every car beautifully lighted, looking its best. Then you go take the picture and it has this awful green coloured cast all over.  So what went wrong?  Actually, nothing went wrong.  Your eyes are magnificent pieces of machinery, which take different colours of light and turn it into daylight, correcting colours as you go along. The White Balance setting in your camera is not really that smart.  When you get to the venue, take a picture, (of anything or nothing) and look at it. If your camera is set at auto white balance, it should (uh-huh!) work.  if not, try all of the settings until you find a best one.  If your camera does not let you change white balance, or none of the settings are perfect, then we are left with post process.  There are number of free photography programs that you can download from the internet, which allow you to manipulate the white balance.
     Then you have to figure out when is a best time to go, in order to avoid crowds. Usually early as the show opens, on a weekday - chances are that smallest number of people will be there.   Near closing time is good as well, but you have to be quick, and find the cars fast. 
      It also helps to walk around the vehicle, and check out all the angles. Maybe the best view is the one with no one around.  Try crouching down, maybe go down on your knee, just to change your point of view.  Cars really should not be photographed standing up right next to it.

     Outdoor shows
     No two alike, venues and the duration of the shows play a large part in this!  
 One day / evening shows, like the one at the burger joint or a hardware store parking lot have their own challenges.  Crowd will be there, cars are parked close to each other, and they will arrive at various times. It will be tough to get a the perfect shot with out having other cars or people in your view.  Try something different, perhaps take a close up of the hood ornament, or any other interesting detail on the car.  Take a picture facing the car head on, just the front end. Again walk around the car - if you are allowed to do that, just to see different view of it. Don’t be afraid to get on your knees, or even prone on your belly ( ask my wife how often I am lying on the ground!).  This will give you an interesting perspective, and people don’t really find you strange - as long as you have a camera on your hand!
     If the show is two or more days in duration, it will make things a bit easier. First day you just enjoy the show, find cars and places where to shoot them from. On the following day, get in as the show opens and shoot to heart’s content.  These multi-day shows are also hosted in a public parks or on a private property, with lot of space.  There usually are several hundred cars on display, but it is easier to find good vantage point. And yes, if you have dslr, please do bring your telephoto lens - it will come handy.

#fleetwoodcruizeinLead SleadTaken in a rain - No crowds!
     What if it is raining? At least the crowd will not be there! There are many different types of rain pouches you can buy for your camera. (not to worry if yours is designed to be used in water!). They vary wildly in price and the way they have been constructed.  Rubber band and a plastic shopping bag will work just as well too! Make a hole, just big enough that your lens will fit through it, secure it with the rubber band right at the edge of the lens and your camera is covered.   In the rain you may want to rethink going prone or to your knees in the wet ground, unless you are like me.  Mud will never stop me for getting that perfect shot! And people do get out of your way, when they think that you are slightly mad!  
     On the other side of coin..if it is hot remember you will need lots of water to drink. It does not help at all if you end up getting sun stroke.  If you can use a filter on your lens, polarizing  filter is great to have with you. Travel tripod (light weight i.e. carbon fiber/aluminum) will come handy too, especially later in the evening or early in the morning and especially with that heavy telephoto lens!

     My favourite shows are June 03-04 2017 Fleetwood Country Cruize In  in London, Ontario; July 21-23 2017 Wheels on the Bay in Belleville, Ontario; August 19-20 2017 Mopar Fest in New Hamburg, Ontario. And the most important show of the year: Septemper 16-17 2017 Cobble Peach Concours d”Elegance in Kemble, Ontario.

Concours d'EleganceSelective depth of field makes busy background less important
      I sincerely hope you will make time to some (or all) of these shows this coming summer/fall. If there is one thing I can guarantee - you will not be disappointed!

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hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) #carshows #cobblebeach #fleetwoodcounrtycruizein #vintagecars #wheelsonthebay http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/taking-pictures-in-a-car-show Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:38:59 GMT
Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/cobble-beach-concours-delegance     #CobbleBeach,#Concoursd'Elegance2016 Best of Show1932 Auburn Speedster, People`s Choice Award and Best of Show

     I must say Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the most prestige car show in Ontario and perhaps in Canada.  In 2016 there were vehicles from Vancouver BC to Riverside California and from Florida to Swift Current, Newfoundland and all points in between.

     So why is this such an important show?

     All the cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats presented must be beyond "mint"condition.  A car that just left assembly line would more than likely not place at Concours, because it would be too rough. Not only must the vehicles be spotless, have all correct parts and options, everything must be operational and the history of the vehicle should be documented.

#CobbleBeach,#Concours d'Elegance1932 Auburn SpeedsterDay of Excitement, Spectator's and judges are evaluating the vehicles. This 1932 Auburn Speedster was People's Choice and The Best of Show

     All cars are inspected by a team of judges, who will evaluate every aspect of the vehicle.  After inspection, the judges collaborate and grade vehicles for the best in class or any other honours that are to be considered.  In order for the vehicle,(boats excluded), to actually receive the honours, it must be driven under its own power to receive the award.

     My personal favourites from 2016 Concours were 1932 Chrysler Imperial CL, whose first owner was Clark Gable, Packard, that was built for Joseph Pulitzer, of the Pulitzer Price fame. Also 1905 Stanley Model F Touring, also known as  "Stanley Steamer"  It is an unforgettable experience to see to see a steam powered car driving down the road.

     You may wonder, why on earth am I writing about a car show in the middle of winter?

     The Canadian International Car Show is just around the corner, and Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance is represented there.  If you are heading to Toronto show,i urge you to visit the Concours area.  As well in September 2017 you really should visit the Concours, I bet you will not be disappointed.

     So in 2017 please join me at the 5:th annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Kemble, Ontario. It will be inspiring!

#CobbleBeach, #Concoursd'Elegance1931 Cadillac PhaetonThis Cadillac was selected to receive The Most Elegant Pre War award. It is easy to see why!

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hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/cobble-beach-concours-delegance Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:47:30 GMT
Photography in the fall http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/photography-in-the-fall      

     For all the seasons, i think fall is the most richest for photography.  So many things are changing, and not only in the nature. Yes, the leaves are changing, abundance of colours is just fantastic.  Fall also brings other changes - changes to our families.  School is starting and for many it means loading up the car and taking the child away to a university. Perhaps for the first time, or this has become annual family ritual already. 

So, why am I talking about this now, since most children are already away. Because we are all so busy making sure our student got all settled well in to academia, we all forgot something.  The family portrait! Something to hang on the wall, that makes this moment in history, in our history, last forever.

So all is lost? Not at all. There is always Thanksgiving weekend, and what an opportunity it is.  Most students have settled either to dorms or their student rentals, and are very eager to come home to see family, (awesome meals and laundry done by mom) and reconnect with friends. This is a great opportunity to set aside an hour or so to get family portraits done.  Parks backyards and nature in general will provide excellent  places where to pose our family group. And if it rains? No worries, your ever so imaginative photographer has many solutions in mind, places where you can safely pose your group, be it studio or some other place.  Plenty of city parks have shelters, that will protect you from rain and and also give  plenty of room for your group pose and also provide a perfect backdrop.  I do encourage you to think and plan for this - it is never too late, never too early and never too expensive.

You also did notice that I said "Something to hand on the wall".  I am a huge proponent of photographs in print, especially important images.  Pictures in your phone are great.  You do have to remember that you will loose a phone, break a phone, it may get wet or dozen other maladies will meet your phone. Perhaps you cannot recover the pictures.  Computers are great for storing pictures - yes they are. They are so perfect that I have back up on two separate hard drives. One is stored at my house and the other back up is in my safe deposit box.  As you can see, I really trust my computer! You can get a virus, computer's hard drive may crash. Ask my daughter who lost 3 mother board on her Mac, and she now uses it for a boat anchor.  Memory cards, stick Usb storage can get lost, become corrupted (ask me what happened for large number of family photos that I took).  I have prints from my family from mid 1800's that are still in the albums. These albums were not stored vacuum packed, or in a climate controlled storage, they were in the attic. 

Today's paper and ink makers guarantee their products for 100+ years, as long as they are not kept in direct sunlight.  I think they are a bit conservative in their estimate.  And if you don't like art on paper, your family portrait can be on wood, on canvas, on metal, on acrylic and even on your coffee mug! I guess it would be sure fire way to wake uo to look at mother in law first thing every morning!  Photo books also make wonderful gifts to family members, Little Johnny may not care too much now, but 40 years from now he will be happy he has one!

 

     Just a last quick note about taking pictures in the fall.

When you go out to capture the blaze of colour, there are few things to remember.  Make sure your camera has full battery. cold weather is really hard on electronics, it eats battery power!  Make sure you have enough memory cards, nothing worse than running out of memory with that most perfect picture in front of you.  Dress for the weather, and bring some extra. Weather can change in a hurry sunny day can turn into a torrential downpour and to snowfall in a heart beat.  It is always better to err on the side of caution.  Be aware of your surroundings, be safe! Bears are hungry as they are getting ready to hibernate.  Just ask a restaurant owner in Terrace Bay, momma bear and two cubs came inside the restaurant just few days ago. There are animals in the forest, to whom you look like a buffet. Also there are poison ivy and poison oak...so before you lay down to take that lake shot..see what is around you.

 

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Summer and car shows http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/summer-and-car-shows Car shows and summer really go well together. There are more shows going on than a mere mortal can attend. Every week on different nights you have local shows in the evenings. Local car owners bring their cars for the public to see, and the owners spend the time talking to friends. These are wonderful evenings of enjoyment. You do have to be a mechanic or a car aficionado to enjoy many types of cars on display. To appreciate work that has gone into rebuilding and remodeling is easy to see, modifications and wild paint schemes speak for themselves!  Also when you see vehicle from 1930's and so on, looking like it just came out of the factory floor, you know someone has put a lot of blood sweat and tears into it.

Then you have the all day shows on the weekends - like the Cops and Rodders show in Hamiton on the 7th of August.  This one gathered about 150 or so vehicles from around one hour drive surrounding the city.  Beautiful day in the park, lot of wonderful cars to see, and great distractions, such as dyno competitions and who can forget food trucks! Most of these are set up to benefit a charity, Law Enforcement Torch Run being the one in Hamilton. 

On a side note here, Torch Run benefits my favorite charity, The Special Olympics. Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Please check them out at www.specialolympics.ca

And then you have the BIG ONES. These are 2-3 day events that attract cars by the hundreds. They have shows, competitions, celebrity appearances, vendors and food among the cars.And these shows do benefit charities in the location they are held. Advantage of these shows is, that if it rains one day, next day might have much more agreeable weather.

This year I was able to participate in Fleetwood Country Cruize-In in London, On.; Wheels On The Bay in Trenton, On; and I am looking forward to Mopar Fest coming up August 20-21 in New Hamburg On. If you happen to be stopping by at Mopar Fest, come and say hi - we will have a booth in the show.

When you go visit these shows, do bring your camera! Your cell phone will do, but I want you take hundred or so pictures! That is the only negative thing I can say about the cell phone camera, is the memory. Why clutter memory on your phone with pictures, bring camera and couple of memory card and you are good to go!  Not only should you take pictures of cars, but from the interesting details. Hood ornaments, hubcaps, engines, interiors and so on.  Drop to your knees, check the belt line (where windows meet the body of the car). 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, almost any Cadillac. Look at the lines of any car built in the Art Deco-era, (1920's to 1940's) and you will see something that will stir your soul.

Find the car that will stir your soul, the one that speaks to you, take lots of pictures, and don't forget to take pictures of the small details.  Write down the make, model and the year of the car.  When you get home, Google it! Read the history of it, was it popular, advanced or was it ahead of its time.

Oh, and don't forget to dream how it would feel driving this car..

If you would like to see some truly amazing rolling works of art (yes, they are cars), go check any of the Concours d'Elegance shows. Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance show on its website http://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/ defines it as:

Derived from the French term meaning a competition of elegance, the Concours d'Elegance has a history story dating back to 17th Century French society. An event that began with horse-drawn carriages being paraded through the parks of Paris, France has evolved into a display of antique and classic for both competition and celebration.

These cars are the Grand Dames, that do deserve white glove treatment! As a flawless examples of vehicles produced and/or surviving in very limited numbers, they are rarest of the rare.  Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance is held in Kemble, Ontario at Cobble Beach golf course on September 18 2016. If you even think you might like cars, this is a show to see.

 

As a final words from photographer's perspective, I must confess I have love/hate relationship with all car shows.  I love them, because I love cars, it is like being a kid in a candy store. So much to look at all in one place! It is just wonderful, I could spend days drooling over all the cars. ( yes I have been known to drool).  And I hate the shows, because there is no worst place to shoot a car than in a car show. There are people in my shots!!! I really can't tell them to move, that would be rude! As a photographer, I don't have any special advantages.  All the cars have been detailed for the show, so I can see reflections form other cars, and other things that are not suppose to be there.  People look at me strangely, when I am standing on a park bench, on my knees or lying on the ground taking a picture (I have not been stepped on yet!). When you are passionate about something, as I am about my photography, this is what happens.  It is just myself and the subject - only thing that matters to me is to bring out the best image possible. When someone looks at that image, I want them to feel what I felt, see what I saw and appreciate the beauty of the subject

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Goofing Off!! http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/goofing-off  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Goofing off or valuable instruction!

 
Summer is arriving in a hurry, which is a good thing - for me anyway!  I love working outside when you are not freezing yourself.  Outdoor photo shoots are definitely more fun - even I as the photographer get to goof off occasionally.

Now I would not call this goofing off, although it might look like it!  This is highly scientific professional instruction....that did lead to goofing off.  It is so much easier often times, just to show your client how do you want them to pose. Telling a person what you want them to do is one thing, and i do it as well.  After I usually show them. It ends up lightening up the mood ( can you imagine me, striking up a sexy and seductive boudoir pose ). I can see you, dying of laughter, and you just fell off your chair.  Okay, so now you know what I mean.
It also goes to show my clients, that I am not above to make a bit off a fool of myself, to make sure they will have best ever pictures possible. And just because I don't take myself too seriously, I take my craft very seriously.

There are also moments, where I as a serious photographer :) showing my model a proper pose, get ambushed. Usually by my mischievous model, who wants to join in the fun
What can I say - I never turn away from some tomfoolery!
This was actually quite spontaneous moment on her behalf, but I must say I loved it!  Couple of images from this shoot, made few modeling agencies take notice I am happy to say.

So when you book your photo shoot with me, you can expect following.
1) Fun
2) Enjoyable moments
3) Laughter (sometimes hysterical)
4) Images you cherish for years to come
5) Irresistible urge to do another photo shoot with me
6) Need to tell everyone how great it was

You should be ready by now to call me!
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hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) http://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/goofing-off Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:28:40 GMT