Parked Photography

Parked Photography is a car photography genre. A visual celebration of the car in its natural habitat - parked and waiting.

Cinematic Guardian Collective Waco, Texas 2024

Cadillac Dark Night Waco, Texas 2023

Dodge in DeLeon Dodge Stealth De Leon, Texas 2018

Eat at Kim's Cheverolet Coupe Waco, Texas 2018 iPhone 6s

Chevrolet Caprice Wagon 18th and Caprice Waco, Texas 2024

Cars of Austin Avenue Waco, Texas 2024

Buick Skylark 350 iPhone 13 mini.

A beautiful red Thunderbird at a restored Gulf gas station on Washington street in Waco, Texas. Imagine if you could have any car you like, from any year, fully modernized. Imagine a modern Model T. Imagine the roads filled with cars from 1905 to today. So many to choose from. Enjoy them while you can, wherever you find them. Make a photograph and share it. Thunderbird at Night Waco, Texas Sony a6000 16mm, f/5.6, 1/20 sec. ISO 3200.

Parked in Waco. Ricoh GR III 18mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec. ISO 6400.

Sometimes we judge our photos so much that we don't even consider them. They are just the many photos that didn't make the cut. But sometimes when you look back at your photos you see something that was there all along. There was a reason you made the photo. Now you see it and appreciate it. I love Parked Photography for many reasons. It's about creating (or capturing) a feeling. A moment captured that most would not see.

Camaro on Austin Avenue Waco, Texas iPhone 6s

Sweet green Cutlass Supreme spotted on Austin Avenue in Waco.

In the Texas panhandle, where cars are art, there's Cadillac Ranch, Bug Ranch, Combine Ranch, and probably many lesser known rustic automotive exhibits created by design or circumstances. Unlike automobiles parked without shelter, exposed to direct sunlight and rain, this truck has a chance. I love Parked Photography for many reasons. It's about creating (or capturing) a feeling. The evidence of another time.

Lincoln Continental parked at Baylor in Waco, Texas.

2019 Corvette Stingray C7 white.

Ricoh GR3 and car photography.

I will have this Cadillac CT4 V-Series for a while. This car comes with photographic challenges such as black paint, and body lines that are nice, but not quite amazing. This is a photo from my first quick photo shoot.

Cadillac CT4-V

I spotted this Caprice wagon on a side street while cruising through an intersection. Taken with iPhone 12 mini.

Random Toyota in parking garage. I loved the lighting.

Sweet Impala spotted on IH35 frontage road.

DUST2DUST. 1966 Cadillac Hearse spotted in Waco.

Random Mustang looking good in Waco parking lot. Shot with iPhone 6s. The best camera for car photography is the one you have with you.

Beautiful Porsche at the 2020 SVRA at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Austin VW gang at the 2020 SVRA at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Street shot of a Dodge Challenger. There was just something slightly sinister about this Challenger lurking in the brush.

Ricky Bobby white Ford Tudor.


I couldn't resist photographing this bright red Audi TT on Austin Avenue in Waco. I liked the colorful doors across the street so I pulled them into the composition. Shooting below eye level adds to the aggressive look of the car. Keep shooting!

There's a nice park where I like to get sunset shots. I repositioned the Challenger several times to find a composition I liked. However, the sun was dropping quickly! Sunset shots aren't as easy as you would think. Because I was shooting hand-held, I used Shutter Priority at 1/60 to minimize camera shake. Aperture was f/5 (wide open for my kit lens). I started out at ISO 200, but had to bump the ISO to 800, and then it just got too dark. I like the composition, but unfortunate it's too grainy. I had to lighten it up on Photoshop to salvage this shot. Lesson learned, don't waste time deciding on how to compose the shot at sunset! Allocate enough time to get your composition nailed before the sunset. Then just focus on shooting and adjusting your settings as the sun goes down. In this case I just bumped the ISO up as the sun was going down. Alternatively, use can a tripod and slow your shutter speed for longer exposure. Keep shooting!

This Audi V10 was an unexpected find near downtown Waco, in an old industrial area. I was initially disappointed in the not so attractive surroundings and the heavy shade. However, after cropping and brightening up the shadows I think it turned out rather well. I initially didn't pay much attention to the black screen on the other side of the car, but realized later it was a perfect background frame for the car. I love how it complemented the silhouette of the Audi. Spotting a photo worthy car is a great reason to pull over and practice your photography. You might not have much time so its a good opportunity think quickly about the scene (composition) and your camera settings. Always take some extra shots.

Challenger on Austin Avenue, Waco. iPhone 6s.

MOTOR Texas attended the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's National Championship race event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Driver Randell Smith drives his 1969 Brabham BT-29 back to the pit area.

From our Texas road trip adventures - a 1969 Pontiac Catalina Fastback at an old retired gas station in Glenrio, Texas on old Route 66.

Ford shoebox seen at Jester Brewing in Austin. What is a "shoebox"? Most pre-war (WWII) cars had big fenders that stick out from the body. The 1949 Ford was the first American car to have fenders integrated into the body of the car. This created a smooth box-like shape. The 1949-1951 Ford models were given the nickname "shoebox."

The beautiful silhouette of a C7 Corvette. A shot from the 2014 Corvette Invasion at the Oasis in Austin, Texas.