Favorites from the Tokyo Motor Show

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is scheduled to begin on Wednesday October 23 and end on November 4. A few years ago, thanks to Canon USA, I had the opportunity to attend the Tokyo Motor Show and it was one of the most fun auto-related experiences that I’ve had. In addition to getting to see lots of cars that are not imported to the USA—both JDM and European—the show is famous for it’s concept cars. Here were a few of my favorites…

This event is held in the Makuhari Messe in Chib and for homesick Americans, it has a food court  featuring a real jumping up and down McDonalds. The show is well lit for TV cameras allowing these color perfect shots that were shot with a Canon Digital Rebel set in Auto White Balance mode. This Acura HSC concept (above) vehicle was captured in Program mode at 1 /60 sec at f/4.5 at ISO 400. The camera’s built-in flash was fired to put some detail in the shadows. Lens was the inexpensive EF-S 18-55mm that Canon bundled with this camera, set at 18mm.

Fill flash for people is a good idea. In addition to having the most amazing concept cars in the world, the Tokyo Motor Show also has the prettiest models that are glad to pose for you whether you’re a working pro or just a snapshooter. This little Denso SARD concept car was photographed with a Canon Digital Rebel set in Auto White Balance mode. Exposure 1/125 sec at f/9 at ISO 400 and the built-in flash used to provide fill for the model’s face.


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