Thursday, March 20, 2014

Instamatic Karma

Instamatic Karma by William 74
Instamatic Karma, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.

I've got loads of racing shots from this same vantage point (the pedestrian bridge over the main straight at Road America), and most of them highlight my terrible panning technique. The best way to save them, I think, is to make them look like vintage prints taken on old cheap cameras.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Central Camera

I'm pretty sure we've visited Central Camera's classic vintage sign, but it's such a nice one it's worth revisiting. I took this one just last October, and it was such a grab shot that it's turned out far nicer than it had any business being. I don't often go for selective color, but in this instance I think it worked out very nicely.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


RT by William 74
RT, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
Back in ye olden days, you could buy your family sedan in a number of configurations, from mild to wild. Usually the manufacturer had a special designation for the top and bottom of the lines - the base models would have some sort of fancy name (if anything), and the racy ones would get, racy. GM had it's SS models, Ford the GT, AMC liked to use SST, and Plymouth used R/T, which meant, of course, Road and Track. This one's a '67 or so Belvedere.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Stripes by William 74
Stripes, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
I've always been a fan of the pinstriper's art, and this example, on an Oldsmobile, is so far one of my faves. The skull motif just makes it.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Out Of State Plates

Ted's Imports by William 74
Ted's Imports, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
California "yellow plate" on a vintage Porsche. I don't know if Ted's Imports was a dealer back in the fifties or not, but it's a nice retro touch.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Winter Fog

Winter Fog by William 74
Winter Fog, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
We had an excellent fog day earlier this week. Well, excellent for photographic purposes, if not much else (driving, flying, not bumping into things or falling into ditches).

Anyway, I was driving around and saw this stand of trees just off the road. It's a road I've driven down hundreds of times, as it's close to work, and I'd never really paid much attention to the trees and surroundings - mostly it's new buildings tied in to a shopping center and hospital complex. But on a deeply foggy afternoon, they just floated out of the mist. I pulled a sharp Uey and parked illegally just to get this shot - pretty minor in the grand scheme of photographic things.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Porsche by William 74
Porsche, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
I have no story about this photo. I just think it turned out well. Taken on the Porsche stand at the Chicago Auto Show.