— BBC World Service (@bbcworldservice) February 14, 2018
In the early days of Old Car City U.S.A., when it was still a general store the founder Walt Lewis sold a bit of everything. On a particular day a merchant pulled in the parking lot with a load of shoes he was looking to unload for a good price. Walt being a man always looking for bargain took the load of shoes for somewhere in the range of 5 cent a pair. Word traveled fast and soon people from all over were coming to take advantage of a good bargain.
Now in these days there was also another store located across the street. Walt’s competitor seen all the business the shoes were drawing in and decided they needed the shoes to help them draw business. They approached Walt with the proposal to buy the shoes, they struck a deal in which both parties were satisfied.
Same shoes only a few hundred feet from were they had been bringing Walt a great deal of customers didn’t have the same fait for Walts competitors. Time goes by and the now owners of all these shoes decided to go ask Walt if he would be interested in buying the shoes back at the same cost as he had sold them at. Walt counter offered them a price lower than the original price, so no deal was made.
Moving ahead several weeks Walt’s competition hatched a plan to get rid of the unselling shoes. They would write a letter posing as a store in Chattanooga that had heard Walt had a bunch of shoes and would be down in a few weeks to buy all the shoes at a price double what the new store had them for sale at. They had a person they new drop the letter in a mailbox from Chattanooga so the post mark would make it look official. The letter made its way back to Walt’s mailbox and the well crafted plan worked as intended. Walt came and bought the shoes at the price he had originally sold them to the competitor for. The weeks went by but the new buyer never showed up.
Fast forward to the 1980’s and Walt’s store that had been built in the 1920’s was tore down. The shoes that were still there waiting for the Chattanooga buyer was packed up and now sit in a few cars at Old Car City U.S.A.
Now Dean was Walt’s boy and he grew up playing in these old cars, a million miles they would go pretending they were cowboys and chasing Geronimo. Walt had no idea the passion he had instilled in his child but Dean’s love for cars went far beyond the parts Walt had piled. So for Walt’s son he was going to make it big someday, it all started in 1931 it we would become known as Old Car City USA.
– Macall Lewis
Photography has had a rebirth for the masses of cellphone users worldwide. There are many videos and/or photography websites that have come up as a result.
Still, when it comes to getting that perfect shot with the right light and effect, nothing takes the place of using a higher quality camera with manual focus and adjustments to get the close ups as well as those one-of-a-kind photos that end up on somebody’s wall or in a gallery somewhere.
In this article, we’ll wade through the many articles already written featuring how to photograph cars outside to find the top 8 tips. We will look at them in reverse order, starting with top tip #8.
Tip #8 – How to photograph cars outside – Use Water.
Top tip number eight is to use water. Photographers agree that getting that perfect shot with the resemblance of early morning dew yet your shooting is later in the morning or afternoon, a spray bottle of water does wonders.
The same tip is true with nature photos to get leaves to look like the new day has come or a rain just fell. So, keep a small spray bottle with you for just such an occasion.
Tip #7 – How to photograph cars outside – focus on one at a time!
Tip number seven on how to photograph cars outside is to focus on one at a time. When it comes to photographing old classic cars, there’s so much more to be looking for on the car:
- Body style
- Chrome bumpers
- Hood ornament
- Interior seating
- Unique concepts, like rumble seats or soft tops
- Make and model and year
Tip #6 – How to photograph cars outside – take your time!
When you hurry, you’re sure to miss that great shot. Not only so, you’re likely to miss a step that causes you to regret later for not slowing down.
Part of that might mean taking time out for you. You know when you are at your best, creatively speaking. There’s other times when you or someone else is rushing you and you’re forcing yourself to get done.
Tip #5 – How to photograph cars outdoors – Work closer to sunrise or sunset.
Professional photographers agree that working closer to sunrise or sunset offers great color enhancements and softer shades.
Your work will be more appealing if you keep the sun in perspective when you’re learning how to photograph cars outside.
Tip #4 – To learn how to photograph cars outdoors, study the car!
One great tip I learned when learning how to photograph cars outside is to study, or take note of the car itself. Every car has a story that goes with it.
Is it a family car or a sports car? Was it popular or a dud? Does it have a history, like a Mustang or Corvette?
Every car started out on a showroom floor as somebody’s dream. Cars sitting in a car junk yard represent dreams that got shattered or broken in life. It’s the role of the creative photographer to bring it back to life again.
Tip #3 – If you want to know how to photograph cars outside, use the right equipment.
That seems elementary but to photograph cars outside, one needs a wide angle lens, macro lens and GPS labeling technology.
In areas where the mosquitoes are plentiful, it’s also wise to bring bug spray. Some lots featuring old classic cars like mentioned in tip number one are so large that having water to drink is actually a wise idea.
Tip #2 – Give yourself plenty of time when learning how to photograph cars outside.
This tip is different, yet related to tip #6, on how to photograph cars outside because if you have a lot like Old Car City USA that has 4400 old classic cars from 1918 to 1972 and it’s only open four days a week between 9a.m. and 4 p.m., don’t wait until an hour before closing. Though you can get some great shots, your time will slip away from you quickly and you will be frustrated.
As mentioned in aforementioned tips, early morning hours get great photo opportunities and in the South, hot weather can still sneak up on the photographer without warning.
The #1 tip on how to photograph cars outside is to choose the best place to take great photos.
Old Car City USA likes to toot its own horn with being the largest known classic car junkyard in the world with over 4400 cars on 34 acres of land. It’s been featured in Hot Rod Magazine, Fox, NBC, ABC and Sunday Morning on CBS as well as international visitors who come specifically for these American and some foreign built cars and trucks.
To the naked eye of the first time visitor or passerby to Old Car City USA in White, Georgia, it looks like a junk yard. A car junk yard.
But once you step into the property and take a look around how the cars are situated, you begin to see something that’s missing in other car junk yards around America, possibly the world!
10 Reasons why a car junk yard like Old Car City USA is so special!
In this blog, we’ll look at ten videos currently on YouTube that show car junk yards of various types and conditions. We might say a little about each one, but as you will see, Old Car City USA stands apart as more than a car junk yard. It’s a “national treasure!”
Reason #1 – A Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth car junk yard in Alabama
In this video, the narrator tries to be funny with his overview of this car junk yard owned by Stephens Performance, a “Mopar-only dealer of sheet metal for Mopar cars (Chrysler family of cars) from the muscle car era.”
As you will notice, some of these cars have been picked through like elephants in a bone yard. Worse, the “carcase” of the car is left behind with little to determine what it was originally. Such is the case for the typical salvage yard today.
Reason #2 – Modern cars are made of plastic in this car junk yard
Old Car City USA might have a Corvette or two and other cars with fiberglass bodies, but 99% of the cars in the video below are made of plastic. There’s little plastic on cars before the mid-1970’s. Old Car City USA has cars dated from 1918-1977.
Reason #3 – Any old car junk yard does not a museum make!
This next video is of a lot in Minnesota that claims to be around 100 acres. That is a lot of cars. Actually, if this car junk yard contained only classic cars, which it doesn’t, then it could claim to be the largest classic car junk yard in the world. As you see how it’s laid out and the narrator seems to appreciate craftsmanship of the earlier era of automobiles, you also see, and hear, his apparent ignorance thereto as well.
Reason #4 – Don’t let titles confuse you about it being a classic car junk yard when it’s not.
This video was produced by the same guy in video #3 and was titled “Exploring classic cars…” The problem is, it’s more classic trucks and fire engines and military vehicles than cars. Still this car junk yard has some attention to detail worth viewing for your entertainment. It’s just not a very big attraction off the road as Old Car City USA is in northwest Georgia.
Reason #5 – Old Car City USA is not a car junk yard where profiteers are seen or allowed to take parts home.
Granted this car junk yard in Canada is all its name implies, a junk yard. Still, the video below shows that people looking to profit from what they take away leaves a gaping hole in the vehicle they left behind. Not exactly a photographer’s paradise, I should add.
Reason #6 – We’ve had people visit this car junk yard from around the world who came to take lots of videos and photos.
This video has had the most views and apparently has a “French” connection. It is also the oldest, dated from Feb. 24, 2007.
Reason #7 – At Old Car City USA, videographers combine fine music and thoughtful photos to make this car junk yard look more like an auto museum.
This videographer, in my opinion, exhibited Old Car City USA with the perfect blend of music taste and appreciation to detail…down to the hood ornaments.
Reason #8 – Old Car City USA is more than a car junk yard. It’s “the promise land for junk yard dreamers!”
These men in this video give justice to appreciating the value of detail in how the cars were originally crafted. Hood ornaments and special windows never seen in later models are pointed out as well.
Reason #9 – For this car junk yard, pictures are worth a thousand words each, but…
Reality is worth a thousand pictures! This video is a culmination of only 500 pictures showing various images, though I’ve limited the time to about 5 minutes. Not too many other car junk yard videos feature so many personal videos and photographers as Old Car City USA.
Reason #10 – When has a car junk yard like Old Car City USA ever had a Sunday morning news magazine program pay a visit?
That’s exactly what happened back in 2015. The honorable “Mayor” of Old Car City USA, Dean Lewis, had the distinct privilege to be featured on CBS Sunday Morning in August of 2015. Tracy Smith interviews Dean and highlights the fact that this car junk yard has, among other things, “two-ton flower pots.”
Bonus video: Russian narration
We don’t have a clue to what this man is saying, but we will assume that it’s like all the other flattering videos about this car junk yard many miles away from his homeland in Russia or the Ukraine. If anyone can translate, please add to comments below! Thanks.