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Vintage Vehicles

Updated on March 2, 2015
A vintage classic 1941 Pontiac
A vintage classic 1941 Pontiac | Source

Check Out Some Classy And Classic Cars

Welcome to my Vintage Vehicles Hub. Whether you're here because you like old cars or just passing through, I hope you enjoy your visit.

There's something about old vehicles, trucks and cars, that speaks to us. They may trigger memories of vehicles we, or our parents, owned or perhaps it's just the sense of nostalgia or history they project. I'm not a car-person, I don't collect or work on cars, but I love to photograph old vehicles. A good image of a vintage vehicle allows the viewer's imagination to fill in the unknown history associated with it. Whether it's a sense of nostalgia, history or a stimulant to my imagination, I have included a gallery in my fine art website dedicated to vintage vehicles.

I enjoy sharing my vintage vehicle images and find they sell well. Recently I started creating products in my Zazzle store that feature vintage vehicles. If you might like vintage vehicle shirts, hats, cards, etc., search "vintage vehicles" on my Zazzle website.

Capturing Classics

1915 DODGE AND DOG
1915 DODGE AND DOG | Source

I capture my vintage vehicle images wherever I can. I may find them on the street or at a car show. I always ask permission before I shoot if I can find the owner. I explain that I market my images. I have even provided prints in exchange for permission or cooperation.

If you like photographing vintage cars and trucks, keep your camera with you and your eyes open. I find some of my vintage vehicles here and there on the street but car shows are a great place to photograph vintage vehicles. The only problem with car shoes is the background context can be cluttered and distracting with other cars and visitors. To remove the clutter I often take my images into Photoshop where I can isolate the vehicle from the background. This can take a great deal of time but it's worth it if you have a good image. Next, I create a new uncluttered background, usually a gradient layer then add an artificial shadow to give the vehicle a three dimensional look. All of this takes time but the end result is an uncluttered image of the vehicle all by itself.

One other tip I can give if you like photographing cars or vintage cars. I often use a tripod and take three photos in order to create a high dynamic range image that captures detail in the dark as well as the shiny areas. I will try to post a Hub on high dynamic range (HDR) photography if you aren't familiar with the process.

This image is one of my favorites and it was a lucky encounter. Nothing in the image was staged and the background is natural. The men in the street with instruments were participating in a street jam on the eve of a bluegrass festival in the town of Etna, CA. The dog in the car was looking behind me where her master had just entered a store. There's a wonderful story that goes with the dog but I don't have room here for it. The warm lighting was complements of the setting sun filtering through smoke from a distant forest fire. Everything came together and I was able to capture the moment.

If you like bluegrass, be sure to visit the bluegrass galleries on my website. There's nothing to purchase there but there are some fun images and music behind the images if you play the gallery as a slideshow. Think of it as a poor man's music video.

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There's That Dog Again

Old Faithful vintage Ford with dog
Old Faithful vintage Ford with dog | Source

This is another chance encounter, this time with a classic Ford pickup. It was parked on the street of a small town and sitting behind the wheel was a chocolate lab. Keep your camera handy, you never know when the elements of a great shot will appear.

I call this image "OLD FAITHFUL" because the title seems to apply equally to the vehicle and the dog.

I Like To Shoot Trucks Too

1947 Chevrolet truck
1947 Chevrolet truck | Source

Cars or trucks, I like to photograph any old vehicle as long as it has color and/or character. I was able to talk with the owner of this great looking Chevrolet truck and learned it has been in the family since it was originally purchased new.

This is an example of a gradient background. The background where I photographed the truck was cluttered and uninteresting and detracted from the truck. I used Photoshop to extract the truck from the cluttered background and then created a gradient and artificial shadow to let the truck stand out. The eye goes to the truck without being distracted by a busy cluttered background.

1938 Chevrolet
1938 Chevrolet | Source

My Fine Art Photography Website

I have a fine art photography website where you can view my diverse photographic interests. I have a gallery dedicated to vintage vehicles and buildings, galleries for landscapes, waterfalls, birds, wildlife, painterly photography and a variety of other specialized subjects. Mount Shasta and various northern California scenes are prominant in many of my galleries. Most of the galleries have background music if you play them as a slideshow. This allows you to kick back and listen to the music as the images flow by. Whether you are looking for some interesting images or looking to purchase some photographic art, I think you will enjoy your visit to Chuck Nelson Photography.

Are you a fellow vintage vehicle buff? Do you have suggestions to help me improve the Hub? Even if you'd just like to say "Howdy," feel free to comment. Thank you for your visit.

I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @cwilson360: Thank you cwilson360

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      cwilson360 4 years ago

      Nice lens, I love old cars :) Good lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @socialcx1: Shooting old vehicles is fun....glad you liked it.

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Loved this lens that I found accidently.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @acemann: Thank you acemann....your art is great too!

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      acemann 5 years ago

      wow! awesome lens, I'm going to check out your zazzle stuff right now :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @cricketlady: Thank you for your kind words. Vintage cars are fun to see and photograph. "Out west" and Nebraska are an interesting expression for me....I see Nebraska as "out east" but I understand the Indiana perspective. If I go any further west my hat will float.

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      cricketlady 5 years ago

      I love your Cars! While we were out west this summer we were just coming into a town in Nebraska in our RV and we saw all these classic cars coming down this big hill (mountain) sorry I'm from Indiana, I told Hubby, there must be something good up there for all of them to be coming down. Sure enough we found the coolest campground at the top of the mountain where they were having a car show. Follow the Classics and you never know where you will end up.

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      I really like vintage cars, their designs are really great!

      Classic cars are the most valuable vehicles in the automotive world.

      And as might be expected, the most rewarding part when it comes to owning classic cars is that YOU GET TO HAVE A COOL RIDE.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Annbulance2000: Thank you Annbulance2000

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      Thanks for your squidlike. I always loved ZZ tops car. Great lense super pictures.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @gamrslist: Thank you!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      I'm not a fan of old vintage cars, i think they are just for collections ! I prefer the new models even though i have an opel corsa from 1995 :)

      But I like objects with vintage cars photos like the car mugs you listed !

      Kisses :*

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens thank you

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @kmyangel: Thank you kmyangel

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Svdharma LM: Sounds vintage to me and a great car.

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      Svdharma LM 5 years ago

      Might not be vintage by your standards but I am helping my freind restore his 69 mustang, pretty sweet.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @chris1402: Thank you...it's one of my favorites too. My first car was a black 1950 Pontiac.

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      chris1402 5 years ago

      love the 1940's pontiac - classic

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @PBJasen: Thanks PB...I like to "shoot" old vehicles but I'm not enough of a mechanic to keep one running.

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      PBJasen 5 years ago

      I adore vintage & old school American muscle cars. Great lens!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      It is very to have chance to see all these classic vintage vehicles. They are very rare nowadays especially those are still usable.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Tugee: Thank you

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      Tugee 5 years ago

      There's a vintage car tie! Awesome!

      I love this lens. Thank you.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you ItayasDesigns....a compliment from a good artist is special.

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      Wow Chuck - you have an incredible eye, and ability to share it in such unique and creative ways. Like you, I love cars (although don't collect or work on them), and you have such talent. I adore your work!!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Beautiful photography! I love old cars and you have captured some real beauties. Love your photography site too. :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Mim Art: That is a great complement coming from an artist like you. Thank you...I try.

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Very nice article i really enjoyed it

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @TTMall: Thank you TTMall

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great Lens with great resources!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @flicker lm: Thank you flicker..I photographed the car in northern CA but the planets were created in photoshop from a rock and some dirty cement.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your photos of vintage cars! I especially liked the "Back to the Future" photo.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Thrinsdream: Thank you Cathi X

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Love the classic Ford Pickup! Great lens. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you Milan

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @norma-holt: Thank you skiesgreen (Norma) for the squid blessing and encouragement.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Superb lens and awesome photography, Love your Zazzle and other treats as well. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Classic and Vintage Cars. Well done. Hugs.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @kimark421: Thank you kimark421

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @zav: Thank you Zav

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @jupiter justice: Thank you JJ

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens and awesome images. Thanks!

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      zav 5 years ago

      Got here via your bluegrass lens. The photo of the Dodge is amazing. I`ve bookmarked it on your website and I think I`ll be treating myself come birthday time! :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you WriterJanis.

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hey great lens on these very classic cars.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Really cool car stuff.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @jadehorseshoe: Thank you jadehorseshoe

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Perfect Lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @delia-delia: Thank you d-artist...my first car was a 1950 Pontiac and I have often wished I could have kept it as it would be a classic today.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Wow you certainly are talented and have a great photographic eye! My hubby and I love Vintage cars...wish we had kept all our old cars from the past...that doesn't mean we are Vintage! LOL

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Carmel Aaron: Thank you Carmel. You have produced an amazing aray of lenses...an inspiration to us newbies.

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      Carmel Aaron 5 years ago

      You have done a beautiful job with this lens, and of course with your vintage vehicles.

      Thank you...

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      @YsisHb: Thank you for dropping by and commenting Ysis. My first car was a 1950 Pontiac. It flamed out when I was in college and I couldn't afford to repair it. I loved it.

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      I love vintage cars, mostly before the 50's. Nice photos!

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi...you have some amazing "likeable" lenses!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is beautiful, I love all the pictures of the old time cars. Blessing!

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you RWJR...you have some great sites!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      very cool cars, love the old 30's Ford Coupes, awesome job, Blessed!!!...:)rob

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      @PositiveChristi1: Thanks PC, I'll keep that in mind!

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      PositiveChristi1 6 years ago

      Great selection of Vintage Vehicle products. It would be great to see some other vehicles too. Bicycles and Motorcycles perhaps?

      Great lens. Squid-liked.

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      @headforthehills: Thanks HFTH, they are fun to make too.

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      headforthehills 6 years ago

      Cool mugs!

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      @WerewolfCustoms1: Thanks WerewolfCustoms. Good to hear from you.

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      WerewolfCustoms1 6 years ago

      Love your photos and art! I just might buy me some, when I fix up my garage.

      Here's a blessing for now!