Double White Line, Lewisville, TX Monday, Oct 15 2012 

Double White Line

Double White Line

The story behind this image might be my favorite photography story so far.

It begins with my purchase of the 70-200mm f/4L USM lens – I wanted to play around with the telephoto zoom, and this was one of the best bargains in Canon’s lineup. Fantastic image quality and great utility for a few hundred dollars. It was irresistible, and I loved it.

To test it out, I took it to a highway overpass to take some shots in the late afternoon light. I set up my tripod and had fun looking for a perfect long exposure shot, first on one side of the overpass, then on the other. A few people honked and I got a few looks, but I took it all in stride.

That is, until the police car pulled up next to me.

Canon Rebel XT with a 70-200mm f/4L USM lens

Canon Rebel XT with a 70-200mm f/4L USM lens

The officer couldn’t have been nicer. He said that there were a few 911 calls talking about a sniper on the highway overpass, so he came to check it out. I showed him that my Canon Rebel XT with the 70-200mm lens doesn’t look anything like a rifle, except for the fact that I “aim” it like a rifle and “shoot” with it.

We talked for a bit about photography, he laughed it off and left. I shot this shot a few minutes later.

Italian Car Festival, Grapevine, TX Monday, Sep 10 2012 

Ferrari 575M Maranello

Ferrari 575M Maranello

Italian Car Festival is one of my favorite events in the Dallas area, but I’ve had the worst luck photographing it. In 2006, I only had my point-and-shoot Canon and the pictures were okay. In 2007, I was looking forward to shooting with my new DSLR, but it got stolen just weeks before the event, so I used my point-and-shoot again. Then, in 2008, when I was ready again, the event got canceled. Finally, in 2009, when I thought nothing can go wrong, we got quite a lot of rain, which reduced the number of entrants and made photography a bit difficult.

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

This year the weather was perfect – it was the first cool day after a scorching summer. The crowd came out in droves to see dozens of cars with Italian heritage. The top photo is one of many Ferraris in the field – the 575M Maranello, a magnificently beautiful machine, built to celebrate Ferrari’s 2001 Formula One Constructor Championship title.

Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini Diablo

Because it is nearly impossible to get people out of a photograph in an event like this, I focused mostly on details. Pictured are: the beautiful chrome grill of the stunner also known as 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, “scissor” doors of a Lamborghini Diablo reaching for the trees, and finally raised headlamps of a DeTomaso Pantera which look a little like Wall-E.

DeTomaso Pantera

DeTomaso Pantera

For the end, another gorgeous Alfa Romeo, this one a 1975 Montreal, pictured here with a trophy it won for Best in Class (Alfa Romeo). This thing looks mean, and is one of my favorites of the show. Leave a comment below with what your favorite would have been.

1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal

1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal

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