Autosalon Final Battle 2008
It’s been a while since I went out and did some photography, and since it’s now December, there was one final event left for the year: Autosalon Final Battle 2008. So it was time to check out what this year’s offerings are, and despite being tired from a long week of work, coughing my lungs out, I made my way down to Sydney Olympic Park. Hit the jump to check out the photos. WARNING: Picture intensive post.
This is also the first time I’ve used the 10-22mm wide angle lens for car photography and I can certainly say it’s MUCH better than using the crappy 18-55mm standard lens. However since I’ve been out of the photography loop fora number of months, my skills need some brushing up. I brought the IXUS as a backup to take shots deemed not suitable with the wide angle lens but never ended up using it. Also I attended on the Sunday so there was definitely a lesser crowd and less people walking in front whilst taking photos.
The very first thing I noticed once I walked inside was the presence. Or should I say merely the lack of presence. This year’s Autosalon was significantly smaller than last year’s event in which there was not as many cars there to strut their stuff. In fact a lot of the cars featured were cars that had appeared in last year’s Autosalon. Perhaps the world financial crisis not only affects the automotive industry in car production, but perhaps also in car modifications as well. Or perhaps Autosalon changed the rules a bit, who knows. I think it could be both.
Although the turnout is probably as bad as the Sydney Motor Show, in which there was nearly nothing to see, at least there were some new eye candy to check out. It’s still also good to see previous entries as some have made some changes since they were last there but if this continues again I guess I’d probably start losing interest in turning up to these type of events.
Still seeing these cars makes me think that I should try and enter Autosalon one day with an itasha or something. That’d certainly be something different to see in Australia. But for the time being I’ll stick to admiring cars for now whilst my money goes to other things. But I wish that the ticket price wasn’t $25 as I feel ripped off as there was nothing to see.