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By Paul Pollock

Corvette Photographs I Like, Part Two

C2 Corvette Nose Badge

I sometimes prefer to photograph the nose emblem on C2 Corvettes with the hood open. Combine that with some well placed reflections serving as highlights and you have a winner.

C2 Corvette Nose Badge
Not everything needs to be in focus. Sometimes a little well placed blurriness is a good thing as the viewer's attention is drawn to what is important.
1961 Corvette C1 Automatic Transmission Shifter
1958 Corvette C1 Four Speed

1962 Corvette C1 Trunk Badge 1960 Corvette C1 Trunk Badge Badge photographs of C1 trunk emblems are another Corvette photographic treasure. 1960 (above) is quite special as it has a certain depth with its crossed flags and lettering elements floating.
Corvette C5 Nose Emblem
Corvette C5 nose emblem. It has some nice 3D properties and when the sun catches it just so, the shadow looks amazing. GM has some great designers working for them and I've often thought that they don't get enough credit.
1965 Corvette C2 in Nassau Blue
1965 C2 Coupe looks amazing in Nassau Blue.
1953 Corvette C1 EX 122 Curvy Road
Windy road with a warning sign is one of the oldest sports car cliche photographs you'll see. But I like it! BTW, the Corvette is EX-122, the oldest Corvette still in existence. Photographed on Highway 1 in Big Sur CA.
1956 Chevrolet Corvette Three Speed Manual Transmission 1960 Corvette C1 Four Speed Manual Transmission
Manual transmission shifters have a lot of photographic appeal to me as I've always been a hard core three pedal guy. On the left is a 1956 three speed, important as many are unaware how common three speed manual transmissions were in the Corvette world. They were the standard transmission from 1956 through 1969 - four speeds were an option for years 1957 thru 1969. To the right is a 1960 four speed, complete with the T-handle reverse lockout.
2014 Corvette C7 Demonstration Laps at Laguna Seca Racetrack with Young Photographer
2014 Corvette C7 Demonstration Laps at Laguna Seca Racetrack. What makes this photo is the young photographer to the right; you can just see the future Corvette enthusiast.
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe
I sometimes like photographs where the car is a distant shot. To me, the motion blur background is a plus.
2016 Chevrolet Corvette w/Z51 in Laguna Blue Tintcoat At Willow Springs International Raceway with a course worker 2016 Chevrolet Corvette w/Z51 in Laguna Blue Tintcoat At Willow Springs International Raceway
Left: The 2016 Laguna Blue Tintcoat Corvette C7 at Willow Springs International Raceway may be standing still but the course worker giving it the go signal conveys the speed, or at least the speed coming up. The right photo is a sort of opposite motion blur, with the background still and the car in motion.

Corvette Photographs I Don't Like

1963 Corvette C2 Convertible

Above: When I took this photograph, I thought I would like it. As time went on, I didn't. It's an awkward view of the car and does nothing to show off its design or the lines.

Below: This is a GM photo of a 2009 ZR1. It's simply an unflattering view of the car.

2009 Corvette ZR1 C6 Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat
1967 Corvette Coupe C2 Tree Roof 1967 Corvette Coupe C2 - Tree is clear of roof
Do you see something wrong with the photo on the left? The '67 Corvette has a tree growing out of the roof! That's one of the worst car photography mistakes you can make. The solution - see the right photo - is to raise the camera some or take whatever steps required so the tree is no longer exiting the roof.

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