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By Paul Pollock

Corvette Photographs I Like

Corvette C5 Rear Emblem Raindrops
Raindrops can add to a detail photo.
2013 Laguna Seca Historic Races NCRS Corvette Lineup
I am a fan of the iPhone's Panorama mode. This one was taken at the 2013 Laguna Seca Historic Races where the NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) arranged for a sample of every Corvette, 1953 thru 2013 to be lined up.
Below: 1960 Ermine White Corvette photographed in Cambria CA.
1960 Corvette in Ermine White
1989 Corvette ZR-1 C4 shot in France

1989 Corvette ZR-1, GM photo by Paul Henri Cahier. It was taken at the Walled City of Carcassonne in south France during a European press tour.

This is more of an art photo since there isn't much Corvette information included. It's always been a favorite of mine however.

1962 Corvette C1 in Tuxedo Black Hood Reflections
The perfect storm of Corvette photography: A 1962 Tuxedo Black rear deck lid, nicely polished and waxed, slightly cloudy day and a shade tree overhead.
1970 Corvette C3 LT-1 in Daytona Yellow

Buildings behind the car are known as "architectural backgrounds" in automotive photography industry talk.

When you add a marina to the background and frame it with a nice tree you have a winner.

1968 Corvette C3
If you have a Cars 'n Coffee event near you, take advantage of it as there are great photo ops when the cars leave. You can sometimes get good motion blur photos and, to me, Corvettes look better with a driver enjoying them.
1965 Corvette C2 Rally Red
1962 C1 Corvette in Ermine White
1967 Corvette Stingray big block hood 1967 Corvette Stingray big block hood 1967 Corvette Stingray big block hood 1967 Corvette Stingray big block hood
Big block hoods are a major styling point for Corvettes. They've reached iconic status in the opinion of many Corvette aficionados and are a photographic gold mine rivaled only by the 1963 split window coupe. Above are the stinger hood on the 1967 only Sting Ray; below is the bubble hood seen on 1965 and 1966 Corvette big block Sting Rays.
1966 Corvette C2 in Rally Red
1967 Corvette Big Block in Marlboro Maroon
This 1967 Marlboro Maroon Corvette just looks right. Crouching down a bit results in a POV that highlights the horizontal belt line in the C2s. Rally wheels (standard for 1967) complete the package.
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe

Your classic "Golden Hour" shot. Definite pluses include the rear view of this 1963 split window coupe and the Sebring Silver paint. Many photographers like to shoot silver cars as they feel it shows the lines better.

The car color least favored by photographers is black. The lines tend to disappear and shadows blend in, making the car look more like a blob. Yes, black cars look great in person but terrible in photographs - go figure.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Grand Sport in Sebring Orange
When photographing I like to slowly walk around the subject Corvette at a distance of about 15 feet. I'm looking for the sweet spot, which is the angle at which it looks it's best. This 2019 Grand Sport, set up for track day use, looked even better with the targa roof removed.
1960 Chevrolet Corvette in Ermine White
Another favorite: The Corvette is hiding, but only slightly.
C5-Corvette (Wide Angle Lens) in Arctic White
My favorite way to photograph a C5: Get up close and use a slightly wide-angle lens. In this case the lens was at 18 mm, (normal is 25 mm) which gives a bit of distortion. Adding to the photo is the overhead shade tree framing the car and casting a nice shadow on the ground.
1966 Corvette Convertible C2
I like this photo as it shows a Corvette just coming into view. This kind of photo is good to start a slideshow as the viewer will anticipate good things are coming.

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