This is another short story of seeing an opportunity and going for it.
We recently went to the Riverside Hotel in Glattfelden Switzerland. A very nice hotel with very welcoming staff. We realized that they currently run a US vintage car show and asked if we could go and have a look at the cars. The exhibition is only open to the public with very limited access times. But the staff was so accommodating that they let us in anyway. We were blown away when we saw the display of beautiful, well conditioned oldtimers. We could not even believe that the cars were accessible to the public.
Immediately I was thinking how cool it would be to shoot some of these cars. So I simply called the hotel manager and inquired if I’d be allowed to come in and do a car shooting in times when there would not be any public in the exhibition. And I was surprised yet again. They allowed me to come in a whole morning, to bring some studio lights and to shoot whatever I fancied.
If you have ever taken pictures of cars you can imagine that it was not all that easy to shoot these cars. They are lined up one next to the other with hardly any breathing room between them. The lights in the hall are fluorescent bulbs – so of no use. The cars – as they are 50’s US cars – are huge and everything is shiny and reflects everything in the surrounding. With the couple strobes I had along all I could manage was to take “body part” shots. But I enjoyed it anyway and am pleased with the outcome. See for yourself.
A very special thanks to the management and the owners of the hotel and the beautiful cars for letting me take these pictures.