Hooniverse Asks: Do you have a favorite photo shoot location?

Most car enthusiasts also have an affinity for photography. It’s a natural connection: If you’re putting in the effort to make your car look/be/sound cool, you would also want to capture that and share it. If nothing else, good photos help you to sell your car when the time comes.

Living in coastal Florida gives me plenty of scenic locations for photo shoots. Thanks to the style around here, I also have access to lots of buildings painted in gentle, warm colors. I’ve found a few such nondescript buildings and industrial areas where the light is often good and the backdrop won’t distract from the subject. They’re my go-tos because they’re close to home and—something I find important in Craigslist ads—don’t give away my exact location.
Where’s your favorite place to shoot? You don’t need to share coordinates, just a vague description will do. Major bonus Internet Points* for posting a photo from said location.
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[Photos copyright 2013 & 2011 Alan Cesar]

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21 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Do you have a favorite photo shoot location?”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    As with most other pictures, I prefer shooting in the mountains. They say you shouldn’t have a background that competes with the object you photograph, yet I feel it gets better to look at, and more positive attention, if the background is nice, too. For selling, I just take photos right outside of our house. Mountain backdrop applies, too, though:
    Smaller cars get to be photographed on the balcony:

    1. Hatchtopia Avatar

      Jealous of your driveway. That’s quite a view!

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        That’s what sold us, too. Good to get home to!

      1. Hatchtopia Avatar

        Oh hi Buellton!

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    Playboy mansion.

  3. Chris Tonn Avatar

    Near water whenever possible. I’m in central Ohio, so rivers only, sadly. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b96dc2ecf64994a69a353a59a4dbf88ad8a7b76a905127fcb2ce65f87aea1d2a.jpg

    1. salguod Avatar

      Is that at Griggs reservoir? Nice shot.

      1. Chris Tonn Avatar

        Same river, but north – O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, two or three miles south of US 42.

        1. salguod Avatar

          Ah, that’s a fun road, if the traffic is light.

  4. Alff Avatar

    My favorite photo shoot locations involve mountains and/or oceans, two things in short supply in KC. I generally shoot in the backyard with an old farm pond in the background.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      With the right perspective…

  5. onrails Avatar

    Neon signs at night… my car, not my photography. The guy that shot it does some really cool work. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8b6b5410b1c5b6087812537427ff6c41c9cd73908e9a95990f88b7c923b9135.jpg

  6. Borkwagen Avatar

    There’s a place in Boston across the bay from the airport and near some docks that are great for an industrial feel.

  7. Hatchtopia Avatar

    I stumbled across this yellow wall one day and it’s my go-to spot for now. Only problem is that it’s on a pretty significant hill, so some editing is always required.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b096a886c514d7d6df49805713644a94b586e4e8a4b03f0959b54f097ed13cc5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/886eb1fe1b040e3a0d3d841eb6f8c166ad6bfa6bc063a50e106075c7f0929f6e.jpg

  8. salguod Avatar

    Since our move to the country, my own driveway makes a pretty decent location:
    (For sale shots of the 318ti. Sigh.)

  9. kogashiwa Avatar

    Not much for scenery in my part of Manitoba (… well, just about anywhere in Manitoba honestly), but there’s a wooden bridge close by which works okay.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1af77896e78459590dabc649c7731203d2513fca6a6998941788f05741f73265.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8ba7e001b9f0419eda009f317c793320727ad5f3fc40a652b16f1a8e9adaf53.jpg
    Alternatively there’s this rather photogenic mess. I haven’t been by there in a while, might be cleaned up by now.
    It’s funny, I keep saying I love my IS300, and next car will very likely be an Altezza, but I haven’t done a single photoshoot of it in five years.

    1. kogashiwa Avatar

      (The Q45t looked much better later on, but for some reason I never did a proper photoshoot of it like that.)