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Week 4 Photo 150 Shots -- Theme: Cars

Century Blvd at Prairie, Inglewood, California

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"Window Shopping" in Redondo Beach

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My First Car: 1985 Honda Accord (stuck with the theme with my archive shot!)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2021 at 23:25
"Window Shopping"
I've driven very high mileage Mercs (ex-rep's cars that used to be in our 'pool')
And also an ex's brand new Merc a few days after she got it
They are like driving an arch chair, super comfy

Drove my old boss's new BMW
Then a few years later had two of my own as company cars
(one of them went through very very many tires)

Took an Alfa (not an Alpha!) for a test drive 20+ years ago

Our first family car (when I was a kid) was a Honda Accord!
... but I've never driven a Honda!
Owned a Mazda for a year though
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2021 at 23:45
@dCap ... how many of those cars you drove were stick shifts? Barely any manual transmissions here in the U.S. anymore.
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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

@dCap ... how many of those cars you drove were stick shifts? Barely any manual transmissions here in the U.S. anymore.


ALL OF THEM

Oh, actually, my final BMW was the only auto. It was quicker than the manual, lower tax, better emissions. It also parked itself (sort of). It was a geek-out moment which I was super happy with. Autos are (were?) kinda rare here. Except for Mercs. We pay a premium for the automatic version! I think they are finally getting a little popularity here.

I'd never driven an auto before I ordered it. Didn't take it for a test drive. Just knew 'BMW' it's a driver's car. And it was nice! It was also the auto of the manual I'd had before it.

Quite a few of the BMW's are also 'better' in the auto version now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 06:49
@ADub128

California seems to like its wide, multi-lane motorways. The black and white is a good touch- gives the images a timeless look. The Honda Accord at the end must bring back a few memories as well- did you buy it new or just polish/wax it before the shot?

I wonder what you drive now?

@dCap Any particular reason why you went through a lot of BMW tyres?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 12:25
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

[clip]@dCap Any particular reason why you went through a lot of BMW tyres?


Couple of reasons. The first BMW I had, as my own company car, was an M Sport Coupe (not an M series, just borrowed the badges and had a slight change in tuning and a bumpy ride, I think this is now the 2-series). And, well, um, the tyres were free! Quite surprized nobody was monitoring my usage. I didn't drive like most BMW drivers though, I'm very passive but enjoy a good corner and an open road.

Drove it from the UK to Poland too (road trip, photos in my archive I've never looked at!). Germany was nice, I think at one point the satnav showed "turn left in 300km".

But I also think there must have been some kind of design flaw. They were run flat tyres (clever new tech to me at the time). In nearly 30 years of driving I've only ever had one other slow puncture. 4 years with that car, and fairly low mileage I probably went through 10 tires (always the rear).

Next BMW was not the M Sport, and I either didn't select run-flats or drove differently - gave it back with the original types in place. The 2nd one was quicker on paper though. Maybe it was the run-flats. I'd never buy one with my own money.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 17:26
@Wētāpunga -- yes, LA definitely has broad boulevards. The Century Blvd shot (where 100th St would be) is near the new SoFi Stadium and LA International Airport, so needs the wide streets around here. You may be going slow, but lots of people getting through.

The Honda Accord was near new at the time, just two or three months old. I took these shots when I was about to head off to grad school, driving from LA to Palo Alto that day, I think. The meta data is fuzzy, only in my head, LOL.

What do I drive now? I was branded young and still drive an Accord today, a more modern version. As I got older, Accords got bigger. We're an all Honda family -- Honda and Acura. On the camera side, we had Minolta when I was young ... stuck with it to Sony today. This is why big companies target ads to the young, right? Customer for life!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 17:50
Looking at the wiki, our Accord was the 1st gen hatchback (just asked my mum if there are any photos, nope!) ... this was used (and pretty rusty) in mid-80s. And our first ever car. I can remember our street only had about 10 cars parked on it. There would be about 70-80 on that road today.

Branding is also part of the reasoning behind the substantial increase in size of the VW Golf (popular over here in Europe). VW wanted people who bought them when they were young to continue to buy them when they got a family. Branding is a pretty big thing.

Also in cameras: X100, RX100, A7, 5D, GR ... can make web searching a mess sometimes though!

Edited by dCap - 01 February 2021 at 18:03
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I can tell you're only lying
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Post Options Post Options   Quote eddyizm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 18:20
Dig the car theme! I may have to give it a test drive :-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 18:42
Thanks, Eddy! For me, it has been great to pick a theme Sunday night, take pics during the week when I get a chance. A nice alternative to the typical mindless wandering that I have traditionally done. I may add a "mindless wandering" theme for one of the weeks though, of course! You can see my forecasted themes in the first post of this thread. I try to update it every week.

@dCap, my brother had a 1st gen Accord. A brilliant car! A friend in HS had one too. We'd ride around in it and he would constantly pop the clutch, spin the wheels, get a 2nd gear chirp. I was hooked for life! Honda popped onto the scene here in the US during the energy crisis and they brought out light, peppy, fun to drive cars that were very fuel efficient. Holds true 'til today. The Golf was launched as a Rabbit here. Golfs and Jettas are very popular too. I had a VW New Beetle for a few years ... fun to drive (fahrvergnügen!), but mine was not very reliable. Always some electrical thing going on. Eventually led us back to the Honda world (after a brief Mazda stint).
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@ADub128 I like a vehicle I can take on narrow windy, unsealed roads, the occasional ford and for a bicycle to fit into the back of. So like a lot of cyclists here, I have a Subaru Forester...(bike shops here tend to see a high % of Outbacks and Foresters outside of them).


a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 110/2.5, Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3.
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@Wētāpunga ... Subarus are popular here too. Two use cases -- backcountry/snow and the racers with the WRX STI variants. You are right hand drive like the UK and Japan?
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@ADub128- yeah, they're great on back country roads. The AWD and low centre of gravity with the Boxer engine are a good combination. Some locales I've gone to photograph nature have been well "off the beaten track".

Mine is a 2006 model but still running smoothly and looking good (I've already mentioned the car clay in another thread on tripods...). And yes, right-hand drive like Aus and Japan.
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 110/2.5, Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2021 at 14:19
Subarus ... aka Scooby Dooby Doo
(and I say this [out loud] every time I see one on the street)
Walk out if it doesn't feel right
I can tell you're only lying
If you've got something better tonight
Then don't mess up my mind with your crying
Just Walk Out In The Rain
Eric Clapton, 1978
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