47th Annual Packard Salon-Portraits

Hi Friends,

I recently attended the 47th Annual Packard Salon event at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA as my friend, Booker’s “Plus One.” Booker has done some amazing fine art automotive photography, and has gotten in good with the folks of Packard International, headquartered right here in SoCal.

Of course, the cars are absolutely stunning, but the folks you meet at a Packard gathering, are about the friendliest people you ever want to know!

While Booker was chatting and taking photos of the cars, I was focused on trying to capture portraits of some of the owners and judges. Here are a couple of my favorites from the day:

All of the above portraits were taken with a Nikon D2x DSLR with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens, and a Nikon SB800 Speedlight in a 24-inch softbox using my “flash-on-a-stick” rig. Had to trigger the flash with PocketWizards given that the flash was wrapped up in a plastic grocery bag due to the constant drizzle.  My daughter (pictured above) served as my faithful VAL for all of these images (with the exception of the ones in which she appears, of course).

My typical process is to shoot with the camera in manual exposure mode, and the flash in manual mode. I meter for the background, and then underexpose by about a stop. Then, I dial in the flash power as desired to light my subject.

More portraits, along with photos from the awards ceremony are on my “ClassicCars” gallery.

Looking forward to the next event.  I already have some new ideas for additional portraits!

Thanks for dropping by.


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