Photographing Joe Cool’s VW Bus

by | Feb 27, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Mary and I are longtime VW enthusiasts. Somewhere I have a photograph of Mary when she was a little baby with her mom and dad, standing next to their 1952 VW Beetle. (When I find it I will scan it and post it here.) As more kids were born into her family, Dad traded the Beetle for a Bus much like this one.

VW’s have long been a part of Mary’s life and early in our marriage she drove a 1989 VW Cabriolet that she loved but it did not love her back. Regular readers know that her personal car is now a 2016 VW Beetle convertible that she also loves and happily seems to love her right back. I owned one of the early New Beetles that I later swapped for a VW Golf GTI 337. While I’m awaiting the arrival of a new JoeCar, I’ve been driving Mary’s Beetle and it’s been fun.

We try to never miss the annual VW’s on the Green car show in Colorado and even went to last years poorly attended show, mainly because all it did was rain. We plan on attending this year’s event, which is being held on May 19—just before my birthday—and hope to see you there. (If there’s enough interest, use the Contact page to let me know, and we’ll make it an official PhotoWalk.) Location for the show is the beautiful Robert F. Clement Park in Littleton that’s located on 7306 W. Bowles Ave.

How I made this shot: I could not pass by such a colorful VW bus that was owned by none other than “Joe Cool” himself. It was shot with a Nikon D800 with a 24-120mm f/4G ED-IF lens (at 24mm) in HDR mode with a nominal exposure of 1/1000 sec at f/13 and ISO 400.


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