In 2014, some friends and I made the trip to the New York State Fairgrounds for the annual Syracuse Nationals car show. What an amazing event! This car show takes in over 8000 cars (double the size of the Fleetwood Country Cruize, and was impressed with that!), and takes the whole weekend if you want to see as many of them as possible. As you may expect with a show of this size, the weekend turns Syracuse into a huge custom and classic car show, as hotel and restaurant parking lots fill up with the show’s attendees. It’s really like a huge cruise night.
We stayed out in East Syracuse, and our parking lot was filled with hot rods, musclecars and cruisers. One vehicle that came through our lot was this 1956 Ford F700 Big Job truck with a pickup box on it. The Big Job trucks were the heavy-duty commercial line based off the regular Ford F-Series truck line. As you see, this truck had seen it’s share of hard work, and would certainly have fit the ‘unrestored’ category. I personally am a fan of the old-fashioned chromed logos, and I decided I wanted to capture this big bold badge on the hood of this Ford.
I shot this in the evening, under the roof that covered the hotel entrance. I used my Nikon D3200 and my 18-55mm Nikon lens. I left the camera on auto, and the camera chose ƒ/4, 1/40 sec exposure and ISO 100. As usual, I used Photoshop and Topaz Adjust to crop and edit, to bring out and emphasize the details such as the rust and the pitting on the chrome. The above image is available as a 20″x16″ poster by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The original shot is below.