Friday, December 7, 2018

A Visual Feast

A visual feast. That's what this '32 reminds me of. The details, impeccable!

This was a commission piece for a client I met at Automobilia Monterey last year. I really didn't want to show only the car itself, so I suggested to Brad, lets do inset images of a few details showing some of the stand-up thought put into the finishes.

Here's the finished product. It was printed on gloss metal in the finished size of, 24"x 23" offset by a half inch floated on top of a brushed metal backing 28"x 27." Thanks, Brad!

Remember, commissions are always welcome. Please don't forget, forward this post to other car guys!

Friday, November 30, 2018

In the Beginning...

In football today, there are 45 television angles, instant replay, the run/pass option, the targeting rule, the zone blitz. Today, the gladiators take a scientific approach to their game.

In the beginning the gladiators on the track went for whatever looked good. Had style, class, and would run like the devil along with represented their mark with uniqueness. Just the look of the Maserati Grand Prix car nose says it all.

Please feel free to forward the calendar onto you friends...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Stuff Dreams Were Made Of....

I've had a slight obsession with vintage trailers lately. They were the things dreams were made of. Used going camping with the family, a place to rest after a long day of fishing, sitting around a glowing hot camp fire, marshmallows stuck on an old metal clothes hanger. Good memories...

One has to wonder what memories could this "Canned Ham" trailer tell.... Let your thoughts wonder.

This is a new image that has not been printed yet, however it is destined to be printed on gloss metal soon, and put into a vintage barn wood frame.

You can get in on this "Black Friday-Cyber Monday" sale starting Nov. 21-ending Nov. 27. Well, it's more of a "Give Thanks" sale to all of my collectors and others that follow along with me.
Take 20% off the regular price of $395 ($316 + shipping) for a framed 16"x 24," that's a $79 savings!
Take 20% off the regular price of $795 ($635 + shipping) for a framed 24"x 36," that's a $159 savings! What deal! Just email me.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dive Deep Into the Past

There is no train ticket, no airfare to find it, only a deep dive into the past.

There's a story to these two vintage images. Each has memories planted in your mind. The "Airstream" left abandoned, appropriately named "Solitude." The "Bus" covered in dust, bearing the name "Timeworn Transit."

Only you can answer the questions asked about them when studied in your home or office.

I can print either, or both on archival photo paper, or on metal in various sizes to fit you wants.  If printed on paper, you can have it framed by your framer of choice. If you request a print on metal I can ship it to you in a custom barn-wood frame. Email me if one, or both tick all the boxes for you.

For a closer look at both images check out my "Side Road Salvage Collection."

Don't forget to forward this to you friends. Thanks, all!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Trends are Concocted

Today, trends are concocted, created in automotive corporations by handlers, CEOs, and marketing departments.You think you discover something on your car designed just for you, when, in fact, it was designed by bots for the masses. Not so the classic Ferrari Dash. It was designed by racers, men that knew what they wanted!

Here's your calendar for the month. Pint it out and hang it up where you wish. BTW forward this email onto you other car buddies and ask them to sign up for emails at: Along For The Ride.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Automotive Commissions

The theory used to be: Photography shall be a record of what the eye sees, and the more exact you can reproduce it on film and then print, the better. That is that, and you may as well get used to it.

My images fly in the face of all that.

One of the most fun things for me is commission work. It's a little stressful, but fun to see the smile on an car owners face when they see the finished image in print. The biggest trick is getting the color of the car right, it's their car not some one else's that they want. The rest is crafting an image for the art of it.

The owner of the Cayman has been a volunteer at Balboa Park in San Diego for years. She wanted a shot of her car, but had no idea where in the city to do it. I had several locations from the coastline to the mountains, but when she spoke of how much time she spends in the park, I thought, "Why not there?"

That lead to a few issues. Where to take it in the park that says "Classic?" The California Tower says it all, but the car had to be placed perfectly to get the final composition I wanted. Also, when to do the shoot in order to avoid people and traffic. A weekend morning with sun seemed to be the answer. We also needed a day without fog to capture what I wanted in the background. First is the out of camera shot, and next, the processed final image with all the distractions taken out, and my spin on what I wanted the image to look like. A cleaner image enhanced with color to bring things to life, and a leading line encircling the car.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Think Kodachrome.

Think alive.

Think breaking the rules and having your cake, then eating it, and going back for seconds.

That's what Charlie did at AutoMobilia Monterey show. He first saw "Number 9" and then "Ultimate Weapon" both Porsche 917 prints on metal with the double float brushed aluminum framing and ended up purchasing both. I just recently had the pleasure of delivering both to him, and helping hang them in his awesome garage. This is the expression of a happy man!

Check out my website to find an image I can make for you in the double float style.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Your October Calendar

Yep, it's time to send out the monthly calendar. I don't know about you all, but for me it's a great time of year. The heat is over and the rain hasn't started yet...I can get out and drive my '67 911 sans air-conditioning. So, for those of you whose synapses fire rapidly at the idea of getting out and driving, here's to some happy motoring before winter sets in!

Don't forget to forward this post on to all your buddies, I'm sure they would want to cut the calendar and use it too!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Laguna's Art Show is a Wrap!

As many of you know if you have been following my blog, I was showing at one of the three big art shows held in Laguna Beach this past summer. Precisely, the "Laguna Art-A-Fair." Entering a two month show is not really for the faint of heart. But, I have to say, it was a blast! I met so many nice people over those weeks that it made it seem as tho I was on a two month vacation at the beach. Yep... really, really nice people that had so many wonderful things to say about my photography. Oh, of course it was always cool to make a sale too. So to all of you that came just to say hi and to those of you that left with one or more of my art pieces, Thank You! Hope to see you again next year. As of this point my jury scores during the summer were more than enough to have me accepted back again next summer. So, watch my post for next years show and some special invites to the preview night 2019.

Following, are two shots of my last day of the summer and last sale of the show.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Alluring Alfa Queen

"Alfa Queen"...gorgeous hues of classic Italian red, with highlights of glowing warm yellow set against a black background can be hanging on your wall. Trust me, it will have euphoric effects!
The image is part of my "Italian Beauty Collection."

You can order it in 3 different sizes as a limited edition of 30, infused onto gloss metal with a brushed metal backing framing the image, or in 5 different sizes on archival photo paper, just click the link to see it in high definition: "Alfa Queen"

For a "Limited Edition" metal print, please contact me at: Vintgracer@aol
Note: "Artist Proof" #1 24"x 36" print on metal SOLD.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Here's your Monthly Calendar

Yep, it's that time of the month! Boy, here is SoCal it was a hot and humid summer! Now I'm looking forward to Fall peaking it's head around the corner and some local car shows! Also of note, the race track at Laguna Seca is holding the awesome Porsche event called Rennsport, and I'll be there racing as well as trying to get some time to click off some new images, stay tuned.  What are you looking forward too?

Don't forget, print your calendar out and post it somewhere to remind you of this one of three green Ferrari 275 GTB's called "Verde Pino" made that year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Monterey Car Week

As many head back to work after another fabulous car week, I'm still mind boggled to see one of my images super sized! More on that in a minute. I had my photography show at Automobilia Monterey again this year. Happy to report, it was a great show! I would like to thank those of you that came by to visit, and a special "Thank You" to those of you that found a treasure to take home. Needless to say, I'm always blown away to see your positive response to my photography.

Now to the image below. It's yours truly standing beside my image "375 MM Spider" bigger than life! This is from Garage Graphics, the company that I partner with to print my images large. So if you are looking for something like this, click their link to see more. Speaking of Garage Graphics, Monique and I got to spend some quality time with the company owner Doug and his wife Dawn.

Now for me, I'm back to the "Laguna Art-A-Fair" to finish up the two month show this weekend. If you're around, come by and say hi!