Around Syracuse, one only has to ask if you are going to The Nationals to know they are referring to the annual Syracuse Nationals Hot Rod Show. The week leading up to the huge show has central New York invaded by hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, custom cars as well as the same kinds of trucks. With thousands of car owners and tens of thousands of visitors coming to view the cars, it is a huge boost to the local economy.
Over the years, I have featured photos from the Nationals several times. The challenge is to present them here in a fresh and interesting way each time. Sure keeps me thinking as I walk amongst a gear heads version of heaven.
Vanity license plates is one way for a Hot Rodder to add personality to his or her ride. They give the exclamation point to an already head turning vehicle. When I saw the next vanity plate, I just knew I had to share it with you.
Another way to keep the creative juices going is to change up what you usually do. I changed to the Tokina 11-16mm Wide Angle lens to see the cars in a different way. First, you have to get much closer to the subjects with a wide lens. Second, you have to be aware of keeping the lens perpendicular with your subject to control the distortions these lenses can create.
For the first time I stayed for the show at the New York State Fairgrounds’ Grandstand the Nationals include with the price of admission. The evening card featured flame throwing cars. Now, I ask you, is that something a guy would pass up? I could feel the heat from over 200 feet (60 meters) away.
After sunset the lights were turned on and we were treated to the features of lawn mower racing. Yes, you read that right. Somewhere, Tim Allen from Home Improvement must be smiling.
Hope you enjoyed this year’s article on the Syracuse Nationals show. The cars and the people who own them brighten up the whole area each year.
On a personal note, it sure was nice to be shooting with the Nikon D700 again. The difference in colors, sharpness, ISO capabilities and dynamic range jumps off my screen after working with the older Nikon D70 images the last few weeks.