How I Made this Shot Returns

by | Sep 6, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

I started the ‘How Did You Make That Shot?’ series of blog posts in 2012 on my old blog and, at that time, all of the posts with that theme were aimed at portrait photography. In response to recent reader requests, I’ve brought it back—to this, my car photography blog. I promise to make an effort through 2019 to update this series, especially as we move into next year.

Let’s jump into my time machine DeLorean to see how digital camera technology has changed…

In 2008, the six-megapixel EXLIM Pro EX-F1 was the second Casio digital camera I had reviewed. I wrote about that first one, the QV-10, for ComputerUSER magazine back in 1995. The Pro EX-F1 was a departure for the company from its existing line of stylish point-and-shoot digicams. It was a capable camera with a 12x zoom lens that would be called a superzoom these days. It also had an electronic viewfinder (a big deal back then) and delivered high speed still capture and HD video files in such a manner that I sometimes wondered if this was a video camera that made stills or vice-versa. Alas Casio stopped making digital cameras in May, 2018.

Here’s what I had to say about the camera in my review for Shutterbug magazine and specifically about the above photograph of Mary’s original (the good one) Mercedes-Benz SLK320: “Even though the camera tosses out some of its resolution to achieve 16×9 mode, it can be a big help with composition especially when the car is illegally parked and I only had a few minutes to make this photo before the gendarmes came along. Exposure was 1/640 sec at f/8.1 and ISO 200 in Aperture Priority mode.”

The R170 Mercedes SLK was the first generation compact roadster and was produced by Mercedes-Benz, from 1996 to 2004. The SLK-Class was introduced at the Turin Motor Show on April 1996, theoretically as a modern incarnation of the 1950s Mercedes-Benz 190SL with a four cylinder engine and identical 94-inch wheelbase. In 2000, all models received a modest facelift with updated engines like the 3.2 L V6 that powered Mary’s car. While she loves her Beetle convertible, she misses that car.

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