Photography Class at the Moab Car Show

Moab Auto Show

During the week preceding the Moab Car Show, I spend hours watching YouTube videos to learn how to take and process eye-catching car photos.  I discover a way to take HDR (high dynamic range) photos using the built-in bracketing feature of my Nikon camera.  With a fancy name like that who can resist? Mastering this technique will be quite an educational experience for me.

Utah Highway Patrol Car
With a top speed of 100 mph, this restored patrol car is only useful for apprehending speeding bicycles!

Lugging a Tripod at Moab Car Show

Taking bracketed photos requires the stable platform of a tripod.  Lugging my heavy tripod around for hours at the car show is a bit of a chore.  But with this extra equipment, I seem to give off an aura of photographic competence.  I appreciate the extra effort and courtesy car owners and admirers show me as I work to capture these gleaming show cars. 

I captured this stunning entry near the end of my 50 rep set of knee bends.

Assessing the environment, I determine that in order to get crowd free photos I will need to shoot from a low vantage point.  Again – good news, bad news.  Shooting from 24″ above the ground does help clear the clutter, but after 50 deep knee bends I am exhausted!

Experiment Results

My photography experiment teaches me that bracketing is not a good strategy for shows.  If I try this again, still landscapes might be a better subject.  As people move around the cars, they create ghostly, disembodied images in the Lightroom melded photos.  On the up side, taking under and over exposed photos in sequence does give me a pretty good chance of getting at least one properly exposed photo. 

1940 Ford Coup
Thanks to Dennis from Steamboat Springs for giving Storm and me a tour of his 1940 Ford Delux Coup. The artist’s single hair of the paintbrush signature on the trunk was incredible!

I find that whether I use the best single exposure or the merged HDR bracketed photos, with a little editing I can get a picture I am satisfied with.  The most important car show advice I can give other aspiring photographers like myself is to take a cell phone picture of each car’s windshield tag.  I rely on Storm to remember the model and make of each car which he was not able to do – imagine that!  Instead, Storm spends hours on Memory Lane reliving the good times with his past automotive loves.  I ask him to select his favorites for my photo display below.


Storm’s Favorites from the Moab Car Show

1955 and 1956 Chevy
1955 and 1956 Chevy
Antique Auto
Storm could not remember what this one is
Antique Auto
Both of us loved this car!
Antique Auto
Gotta love the buckles!
Antique Auto
Who doesn’t love a Corvette!
Packard – that’s all I can see on the hubcaps
1949 Chevy Truck
1949 Chevy Truck and our favorite paint job!




About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

4 Replies to “Photography Class at the Moab Car Show”

  1. Pretty sure the unremembered car is a ’39 chevy.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks Terrie!! I love all my knowledgeable friends!

  2. That was quite a show, and some great pictures, At least to me they are, I do not have that good of eye anymore to tell the difference, you have not taken a bad picture yet and we appreciate you sharing them with us. Take care. GOD BLESSJDJim

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thank you!! I am glad that you like them 🙂

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