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Art of the Muscle Car; Update on the photo shoot

In late 2008 we had the pleasure of having three of our cars photographed by Peter Harholdt for a book that has just hit the store shelves in October of 2009. When you pick this book up, and trust me you will; you will wonder how all those beautiful pictures of the legendary collector cars were taken.

The following is part of a Blog I wrote last year immediately after the photo shoot. I have been waiting all year like I was a little boy waiting for Christmas morning. I just ran down to the book store and bought a copy and it blows me a way, it is fantastic. I will be doing a complete review on it shortly.

 

 

Art of the Muscle Car; The photo shoot.

I recently received a phone call from a representative of Motorbooks (www.motorbooks.com) about photographing some of our cars for a new muscle car book they will be publishing next year, 2009. We have had cars photographed by them before and used on a calendar and some shots in a book; we also have had magazine and TV photo shoots. They are always interesting and also stressful. You are always afraid that one flaw you know about on the car will show up like a wart on Sarah Palin’s nose.

David Newhardt (www.davidnewhardt.com)will be doing the text and Peter Harholdt (www.peterharholdt.com) is doing the photography. If you are familiar with the book, Art of the Hot Rod you will know what the muscle car book will be like, terrific!

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Peter and his assistant showed up to shoot three of our cars and I was blown away with his portable photo studio. It took an hour or so to set up and another hour to stow away when he was done but the results were outstanding. I have included a few of my shots from the day so you can see the behind the scenes activities.

Car Photo Shoot

They erected their portable photo room in our driveway in late fall with leaves falling all around.

Car Photo Shoot

Car Photo Shoot

Peter showed me the digital images of what he did that day and I was amazed at the quality of his work. He focused on the light and reflections to achieve images you would otherwise never see. I can not wait until the book is published.

Car Photo Shoot

Peter Harholdt is also a car guy and a full on artist. Go to his web page (www.peterharholdt.com) and check out his bio. Racecar driver, artist and more!peter-harholdt.jpg

His self designed portable photo studio is contained in a 5th wheel trailer. I have seen the photo guys at car shows take your car’s picture and frame it for you before you leave. For the most part they are photographers but not artist. I have experienced the outdoor photo shoots with stills, action and video. I am always impressed with the quality of the images of these professionals, but Peter’s work transcends the ordinary car photo and turns it into real art. He is an artist and he gets to see some of the best cars in the Country. How
cool is that?

Car Photo Shoot

All of the photos appearing in the book were shot in this same contraption in driveways and garages all over the Country!

Car Photo Shoot

Car Photo Shoot

We are beyond honored to have three of our cars included in this masterpiece.

Car Photo Shoot

Car Photo Shoot

Watch this site for a complete review of the book shortly.

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