Cruising Grand is back for the 2016 season and I couldn’t be happier. I love shooting old classic cars (and motorcycles) no matter their condition. Cruising Grand is a weekly event every Friday evening from early April to late September on Grand Avenue in Escondido, California. It boasts as being the best cruise west of the Mississippi and I don’t have any reason to doubt it, it’s a great event.
There is no shortage of amazing automobiles on display every week spread out over five or six blocks of downtown Escondido. Various connecting side streets are closed to traffic. These pedestrian only areas are populated with cars brought by their proud owners who usually are sitting nearby to answer any questions or just keep watch over their “babies.”
This year, I’m going to go as often as I can. I will only shoot with my Rolleiflex in medium format. Black and white film will be my primary medium but I think I’ll shoot a few nights in color too, I have some rolls of expired 120 color film to shoot as well as my stocks of Portra 400 and perhaps some Ektar 100.
By the time I showed up this past Friday, the shadows were beginning to lengthen, a great time of the day for photography. I decided to focus on details this time around. I also used my Rolleinar 1 for some close up shots. It’s an amazing piece of gear, it stayed on the Rollei for quite a while. I also carry a Rolleinar 3 which is for closer shots; I’m sure that will come in handy. The light was great for some interior shots of the classic cars. Chrome, light and black and white film are a recipe made in heaven.
As always, thanks for reading.