How I Shot: “I Think There’s a Trans Am Under There”

by | Feb 7, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

While the quintessential Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans Am was a 1977 model, I am inexorably drawn to any Trans Am wearing the iconic black and gold trim that has a “screaming chicken” on the hood.

For short time, I was working on a series of images that I called “Hidden Albuquerque,” but it’s been a while since Ive been able to get tdown o New Mexico, so my the work on this project has been lagging. And I miss the Frontier, a must-visit eatery.

The series was based on the concept of visiting the least touristy places that I could find and that ended up with me shooting photographs in industrial parks and places where local people built things. This location, for example, was a series of buildings that were owned by a millwork company that made high-end windows and doors. And I think that’s an old Pontiac Trans Am—again thinking Smokey & The Bandit—that’s covered up.

As I’ve mentioned  here before, when shooting on private property I always ask permission and walked around this property a long time (making pictures as I went) before encountering someone, who I then asked if I could make some photos. He said, “Sure, go ahead” and so I did. If you ask politely and act nicely as well, it’s been my experience that people are nice back to you.

How I made this hot: The above image was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens with an exposure of 1/640 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200. The final image was processed in Vivenza, which is part of the Nik Collection.


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