2014 auto show 2: pictures of cars, with comments

Take one photography enthusiast, add one pretty good camera and one excellent prime lens in a the classic focal length for street shooting, fuel with coffee, Diet Coke and churros, and release into two enormous exhibition halls full of shiny, shiny cars. Here are a few samples from the results.  blackAbarth1-crop1-blogThe Fiat 500 Abarth is the sport edition of this little Italian car. You can tell by the red brake calipers.brown Toyota truck-blog

A new Toyota Tundra pickup in an appealing shade of golden brown.  You could take a ride through a fake desert landscape  in one of these trucks if you were willing to stand in line.  I wasn’t.whitecorvette-crop-blog

As I have said before in this blog, I do not hate the new Corvette. Especially in Maytag Racing White with a red leather interior. If a car does not look good in refrigerator white over red leather, it is badly designed. This Corvette is 5 pounds of design in a one pound bag, but it sort of works.

redJaguar1-crop-blogJPGThe new Jaguar F Type coupe. I have nothing snarky to say about this, because it is quite awesome all around. I would not want a red one, though. British Racing Green over saddle tan for me, or plain white.  With a red leather interior.  I seem to have a theme going here. (You can get the Ghibli from yesterday in that color scheme, too.)

Stinger2-crop2-blogJPGI had tons of fun shooting the Kia Stinger concept because of the crazy images that kept popping up on the video screen behind it. Plus, the Stinger is a very attractive small closed sports car. Its running gear is all straight from Kia’s parts bin, and it could be put into production very quickly. I think it should be. We need all the little front engine/rear drive sports cars we can get.

Shiny cars are shiny.  So many little highlights and reflections.  As always, click on the images to see the larger versions, which are pretty good for Auto Show pictures, if I do say so myself.

(For photo geeks and nerds, the lens is the Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 Limited.  I got this lens as a Christmas present and this was only the third time I’d taken it out.  On my crop sensor K-30, the field of view is almost exactly the equivalent of the classic 35mm mild wide angle “street lens” on a film camera.  Or the lens on your camera phone, which is also a street lens.)

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