427 Turbo Jet
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor
Fujifilm Fujicolor Industrial 100

This is my favorite photo from the Cars and Coffee I went to recently. This 1966 Chevrolet was a low-line Biscayne with rubber floor mats and no radio. It also had neither air conditioning nor power accessories, but that was pretty common then.

What it lacked in amenities, it made up for in sheer cubic inches. The monster big-block 427 was under this Biscayne’s hood. A four-speed Hurst shifter sticks up out of the floor. I’ll bet this thing is a terror to drive.

This car was indoors — a real challenge for the ISO 100 Fujicolor Industrial. Fortunately, I had a fast lens and a steady hand. I counted on shallow depth of field and I got it.

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6 responses to “single frame: 427 Turbo Jet”

  1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    I really like the colours in this one Jim. While I’m not really a car afficionado, I do like to photograph older and vintage cars at car shows and the like. I’m off to a steam rally this weekend which will be packed with steam powered traction engines, but there will also be a bunch of vintage cars, trucks and bikes to see too and I’m looking forward to seeing what photos I can get – I might even bring out the roll of Ektachrome that’s been languising in my fridge for months! :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a lovely blue, and the reds do pop! I have always loved cars from this era. They were still daily drivers when I was a kid. I look forward to seeing your Ektachrome work!

  2. Zimmette Avatar

    Very, very nice photo! I’m not typically a car person. However, my mother had her own car (we were a 2-car family on the 60’s!). It was a tan Biscayne. In fact, my dad had a black Biscayne as well.

    And, as icing on a cake, what a glorious beauty shot, as we would say in the ad/media biz. You nailed the shallow depth of field with rich muted color saturation.

    Well done, sir. Thanks for my dessert.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you! If you were in a two-Biscayne family, you know the joys of rubber floor mats and radio delete. My dad tended toward midline cars, a Galaxie 500 and an Impala, when I was small; they were reasonably well equipped.

      I made this shot inside in available light on ISO 100 film so I knew I’d get shallow depth of field. The N90s has DOF preview so I could see at composition time exactly what I was going to get — and it was good, and I knew it when I pressed the shutter button.

  3. P Avatar

    This was my favorite from this set as well, Jim. Very nicely done. Vehicles today just don’t compare to those of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They can’t compete in style, but vehicles today are surely less deadly in a crash! I knew the instant I took this one that it would be a winner.

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