Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019: Prep Day

In late November 2019, I attended my first Mooneyes Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show. It was a long way from home, and I got up very early to go there. And people from across the world were at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Halls for it. We had come for the colorful, amazing, incredible, and crazy custom cars and bikes.

The event was on Sunday, but I got access to the Saturday preparation day. It was interesting watching all the cars and bikes being hauled/pushed/carried into the halls. The exhibitors had only one day to get ready. It was an education to see how it was done.

The exhibit halls looked a little bland in the morning. But as hours passed, we got to see how things would take shape. Without the public, I didn’t have to wait for photographs. My only problem was dodging the equipment the staff brought in.

One issue I had with the event was lighting. It wasn’t optimal for hot rod photography. To be honest, it was a struggle to shoot the cars. It would have been great to have had a light source with me.

Looking back, I realize I made some elementary mistakes with my photos. The biggest problem was timing. In many shots, heads, bags, legs, etc., are visible behind cars. They wouldn’t have been if I had waited for them to go. Maybe I could have moved a little left or right. In my excitement, I snapped wildly.

Sunday, the main day, was terrific. It was one of the best car events I have ever attended. Those photos will be in a future article. Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019 was a big success. If you have any questions, please leave them below.

What was my photo gear for this event?

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T2
  • Lens: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

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