Chrome teeth

Chrome teeth
Olympus XA
Arista Premium 400

I’m dipping deep into the archive for this photo. I made it at the 2013 Mecum classic-car auction in Indianapolis. This is part of the grille on a 1966 or 1967 Dodge Charger.

I haven’t been to a car show in a good long time and I’m itching to go to at least one this year. I really love photographing old cars!

I made this with my tiny Olympus XA, a camera I haven’t used since December of 2020. It’s overdue for some exercise! Just look at the sharpness and detail that lens is capable of delivering.

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10 responses to “single frame: Chrome teeth”

  1. J P Avatar

    I think we need to see a collection called “Ten Hidden Headlights”.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I should look through my old car photos and see what I can find!

  2. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    I agree about photographing old vehicles. While I’m not an enthusiast from an automotive point of view, as a photographer I’m all over them. The designs, shapes, paint schemes are all wonderful subject matter for photography.

    I don’t have an XA, but the XA-3 I picked up last year has probably been my most used camera since I got it. It’s very lo-fi in terms of control, with just three zone focus settings to choose from, but it takes great, sharp pictures if I use it right, plus it’s one of the most pocketable cameras I own, making it easy to carry all the time.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes! So much of visual interest on an old car.

      I’ve never owned an XA3 but have owned two XA2s and this XA. This little XA has just been terrific.

  3. Greg Clawson Avatar
    Greg Clawson

    Nice photo Jim! I can almost touch it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  4. Dani Avatar

    We enjoy watching the Mecum auctions on the telly; the classic and muscle cars are of most interest. We’ve never attended one and are hoping to attend the upcoming Mecum auction in Indy. Maybe we will see you there!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I am toying with going this year. I skipped the last 4 or 5. We will see!

  5. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    Tack sharp & high contrast, my favorite type of B&W photo.

    Pretty sure it is a ’66 because it does not have the little turn signal repeaters on top of the fender. They were not available the first year. May have been optional in ’67 but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one without them. Yes, I am a big nerd, why do you ask? :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I get you. I have similar knowledge of mostly Fords and GMs of the era.

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