Cars

20,000 Miles in Year one with the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

20,000 Miles in Year one with the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

1-year Jeep Anniversary

I have now had my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for one year. It has become as integral a part of my photography business as anything in my camera bag. I put almost exactly 20,000 miles on it in that year’s time! I regularly travel to all corners of New Mexico for photography work, often with the last few miles of each of those trips being off road. Switching from a compact sedan to a Jeep has allowed me to do more photo work without having to rush to get a rental vehicle back so when I am at these remote places, I can add on a visit to places like City of Rocks. In this past year the Jeep has also taken me through Monument Valley, Durango, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, and more! No matter where I have driven it, and what I have driven it over and through, the Renegade has not let me down!

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SuperNationals Custom Car Show 2019 Albuquerque New Mexico

SuperNationals Custom Car Show 2019 Albuquerque New Mexico

Car shows hard to photograph cars at?

Car shows are in fact, a very hard place to actually photograph cars in. That’s why when I go to them, I often just bring my 50mm lens, or in this case my Tamron 90mm macro lens. For the SuperNationals Custom Car Show 2019 in Albuquerque I guessed it would be crowded, people walking into potential photos from all directions, and the cars would be bunched in close together and often roped off. All this was the case so I was glad I decided to focus on getting details shots of the custom cars there with my macro lens.

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Rat Rod in Rio Rancho Car Photography

Rat Rod in Rio Rancho Car Photography

Is there a junior adult?

This rat rod style hot rod at a small car show in Rio Rancho caught my eye for where it was parked, as well as how it looked.  I cannot say I had ever seen a parking space marked "SENIOR ADULT" before.  Does that mean there must be a junior adult or a senior child space somewhere in the world?  This hot rod was about as ratty as they can come, and I mean no offense by that!  It looked awesome and make me think I needed a tetanus shot just for standing next to it!  

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New Mexico Jeep Renegade Trailhawk real off roader

New Mexico Jeep Renegade Trailhawk real off roader

Not a shopping mall Jeep!

Those that know me, know that I love cars, well, special cars.  Not all have to be as special as my beloved Aston Martin Vanquish (some day!), but even just the ability to go anywhere, do anything is enough.  Getting serious speed in a car is not that affordable, especially for newer models.  However, getting serious offroad ability is.  When I traded in my faithful and much loved Mazda3 sedan in March for the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk you see here, I was giving up great, affordable on road driving dynamics for the ability to drive offroad anywhere a stock vehicle could.  

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Classic Car Interior Photography Albuquerque New Mexico

Classic Car Interior Photography Albuquerque New Mexico

macro lens at a classic car show

Going to a car show for the first time, you never really know what to expect with regard to how many cars, how cool of cars, and even what kinds of cars.  I was pleasantly surprised by a recent small car show I went to in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  A good number of classic cars many of which had very interesting interiors.  With my new Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro SP lens on my Nikon D750 exclusively while at this car show, I decided to make the theme of my shots the cool classic car interiors, with a few detail shots here and there.  Check out the sense of humor of a 1966 Mustang owner with what passes for an "airbag" in his classic car!

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BMW M3 E46 Track Package Santa Fe Car Photography

BMW M3 E46 Track Package Santa Fe Car Photography

A Modern Classic, and a Future Classic in One

There was a time just a few years ago I was quite taken with the BMW M3 E46.  It is a hardcore sports car that can be had on the used market for the price of a regular new car, but maybe just for now as it will only start to go up in value for low-mileage examples like the one pictured here. The original owner is selling it via bringatrailer.com so I traveled up to Santa Fe, New Mexico to photograph it for him.

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Ferrari 308 GTS Santa Fe New Mexico Car Photography

Ferrari 308 GTS Santa Fe New Mexico Car Photography

Straight Out of Magnum PI

If you watched Magnum PI in the 1980s, like I did, and revisited it on Netflix in recent times, through all those years I thought the only thing you needed to thwart bad guys in Hawaii was your wits, and of course a Ferrari 308 GTS!  So when Bring A Trailer contacted me about photographing this supercar up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I was very excited!

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