Night Street Photography… With CARS!

Photos by Philip Aragones

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Ok, before I begin, let me just start with saying that I’ll be using a lot of photography language in this article. So I guess this is something that’ll be appreciated by camera geeks like ourselves, as well as those who are aspiring to be great photographers someday. That being said, on with the show…

Traditional natural light night street photography is probably one of the most fun and challenging photography assignments to do. It usually involves shooting with a something like a 35 or 50mm prime lens with a large aperture to allow more light in while maintaining faster shutter speeds enough to keep the camera hand-held, while sometimes just accepting the fact that grain from high ISO is inevitable, thusforcing you to get creative with it.

In night street car photography in a crowded area, such principles barely apply, as it’s a completely different ballgame altogether. You have to consider the fact that you can’t use such a large aperture as you have to get the entire car in focus. It’s also hard to get away with a 50mm prime lens unless of course you have the liberty to shoot from afar to get the entire car as well as the background and foreground into the frame. You might get away with a 35mm on a full-frame camera, but for a crop sensor, you might need something with a shorter focal length. You also can’t crank up the ISO too much as you’d still like to maintain some detail. So you’re down to using either one of, or a mix of the following – tripod, cranked-up exposure, and/or getting creative with flash.

Well, Custom Pinoy Rides photographer Philip Aragones just so happened to be an expert. Check out the rest of the gallery below, as shot in the recent Bumper 2 Bumper car show held at Quirino Grandstand. Enjoy!


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Yes, that’s how crowded it was in the car show. Imagine how difficult it would be to do long exposure night shots…

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This Hyundai Accent is on air suspension. <-- Click here for the full feature. Night Street Photography... With CARS Custom Pinoy Rides Car Photography Philippines Philip Aragones pic3

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This tricked-out Mazda 3 is something we’ve featured before as well.

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Apparently this is called the Honda Civic FD GT. <-- Click here for the full feature. Night Street Photography... With CARS Custom Pinoy Rides Car Photography Philippines Philip Aragones pic15

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Some of these car audio competition cars we’ve featured in a previous article. Check it out here!

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We’ve also featured this fabulous Mini sometime back. <-- Check it out! Night Street Photography... With CARS Custom Pinoy Rides Car Photography Philippines Philip Aragones pic24

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Believe it or not, this car used to be an R33 Skyline. It has gone through a conversion for it to become an R34! Awesome! Check out what it looked like back when it was an R33 here. It was spectacular nonetheless.

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I’ll leave you with this photo of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe with a custom Ixion body kit. <-- Click here for the full feature. Related Stuff:
– See more coverage of Bumper 2 Bumper here.
– See more photography by Custom Pinoy Rides’ Philip Aragones here

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