Saab 60th Event – pro gallery

Saab engaged the services of a professional photographer for the 60th Anniversary event in San Diego early last month.

Here’s a sample of the pics that were taken by the dude. A mix of regular and cross-processed stuff. Not bad. Certainly a different style for Saab, whose photography is normally desaturated.

A few here and a bunch more after the jump.

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11 Comments

  1. Gripen, I remember you were apologizing for not being a professional photographer at the anniversary event in SD, right? Because you could see your own reflection in the picture, right? Take a look at the second picture, the one of the blue 93 – taken by a no-doubt highly paid professional! 🙂
    I could be wrong, but it sure looks like a reflection of the photographer….

  2. Ted Y: I think it was film. The photographer had a SLR with a huge lens on it and when he took pictures of Erik Carlsson and I in the SAAB 96 rally car I could see the shutter in the lens snapping open and closed. Digital SLRs don’t have a shutter, do they? I think I also heard a motor drive on the camera.

    This could explain why the Sonett, which is really a brick red color shows up pink in some of the pictures.

    Strange story: Erik Carlsson told me that he’s known that photographer the guy’s whole life. The photographer’s dad was also a photographer who worked with SAAB a long time ago.

  3. I should’ve read all the comments before posting.

    eggsngrits: the green one in motion is a 92. The 93F 750 Gran Tourismo was a nice slate blue color.

    denvernewbie: yeah, I think that is the photographer! However, I do have to give him credit for somehow getting a picture of the mirrored wheel without getting in the shot himself. I guess that’s why he’s a professional…

    However, I must say that while this guy is a much better photographer than I am with a much better camera setup, the color in these pictures is really off. Maybe something went wrong in the film development. The color seemed more true in my pictures taken with an old Canon PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH 2.1 megapixel point-and-shoot!

  4. Just realized the mirrored wheel shot wasn’t included here. Swade couldn’t really post ALL the pics I sent him… Sorry.

  5. Gripen,
    my limited amateur photography experience tells me that the color the photographer achieved was accomplished deliberately to make the colors ‘shout’ – using filters. Fun to do, fun results, and not an attempt to reflect the actual shade of colors.

  6. Actually, SLR digital cameras do have shutters.

    Many professional cameras nowadays are very nice (and prohibitively expensive!) because they are digital and have nice lenses at the same time. Still, he could have employed film or digital.

    I just keep finding myself on the opposite side of your isle, don’t I Gripen? 🙂

  7. If that color was indeed intended through use of filters, I think it worked in the case of the shot of all the SAABs lined-up in a semi-circle (the sky looks beautiful) and in the shot of the 92 and 93 together, but in the shots of the red cars (the rally 96 and Sonett) it makes the cars really ugly, IMHO. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    RJ, I have no problem with you correcting me when I’m wrong. I wasn’t aware digital SLRs have a shutter and that’s why I asked. Thanks!

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