Parked Photography

Parked Photography is a car photography genre. A visual celebration of the car in its natural habitat - parked and waiting.

2019 Corvette Stingray C7 white.

Ricoh GR3 and car photography.

I will have this Cadillac CT4 V-Series for a while. This car comes with photographic challenges such as black paint, and body lines that are nice, but not quite amazing. This is a photo from my first quick photo shoot.

Cadillac CT4-V

I spotted this Caprice wagon on a side street while cruising through an intersection. Taken with iPhone 12 mini.

Random Toyota in parking garage. I loved the lighting.

Sweet Impala spotted on IH35 frontage road.

DUST2DUST. 1966 Cadillac Hearse spotted in Waco.

Random Mustang looking good in Waco parking lot. Shot with iPhone 6s. The best camera for car photography is the one you have with you.

Beautiful Porsche at the 2020 SVRA at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Austin VW gang at the 2020 SVRA at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Street shot of a Dodge Challenger. There was just something slightly sinister about this Challenger lurking in the brush.

Ricky Bobby white Ford Tudor.


I couldn't resist photographing this bright red Audi TT on Austin Avenue in Waco. I liked the colorful doors across the street so I pulled them into the composition. Shooting below eye level adds to the aggressive look of the car. Keep shooting!

There's a nice park where I like to get sunset shots. I repositioned the Challenger several times to find a composition I liked. However, the sun was dropping quickly! Sunset shots aren't as easy as you would think. Because I was shooting hand-held, I used Shutter Priority at 1/60 to minimize camera shake. Aperture was f/5 (wide open for my kit lens). I started out at ISO 200, but had to bump the ISO to 800, and then it just got too dark. I like the composition, but unfortunate it's too grainy. I had to lighten it up on Photoshop to salvage this shot. Lesson learned, don't waste time deciding on how to compose the shot at sunset! Allocate enough time to get your composition nailed before the sunset. Then just focus on shooting and adjusting your settings as the sun goes down. In this case I just bumped the ISO up as the sun was going down. Alternatively, use can a tripod and slow your shutter speed for longer exposure. Keep shooting!

This Audi V10 was an unexpected find near downtown Waco, in an old industrial area. I was initially disappointed in the not so attractive surroundings and the heavy shade. However, after cropping and brightening up the shadows I think it turned out rather well. I initially didn't pay much attention to the black screen on the other side of the car, but realized later it was a perfect background frame for the car. I love how it complemented the silhouette of the Audi. Spotting a photo worthy car is a great reason to pull over and practice your photography. You might not have much time so its a good opportunity think quickly about the scene (composition) and your camera settings. Always take some extra shots.

MOTOR Texas attended the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's National Championship race event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Driver Randell Smith drives his 1969 Brabham BT-29 back to the pit area.

Ford shoebox seen at Jester Brewing in Austin. What is a "shoebox"? Most pre-war (WWII) cars had big fenders that stick out from the body. The 1949 Ford was the first American car to have fenders integrated into the body of the car. This created a smooth box-like shape. The 1949-1951 Ford models were given the nickname "shoebox."

The beautiful silhouette of a C7 Corvette. A shot from the 2014 Corvette Invasion at the Oasis in Austin, Texas.