Light Painting a 1950 Dodge B2C Pickup

Light Painting a 1950 Dodge B2C Pickup Truck

We’ve got another amazing light painting completed! This time, I light painted a 1950 Dodge B2C pickup truck for Josh as part of his senior portraits!

Josh is a member of the Class of 2021 at Hill Murray High School. He already had tons of great senior photos created just a week earlier during our 25th Annual North Shore Weekend on Lake Superior.

There was a time when we thought that the 1950 Dodge B2C pickup would make the trip up north to be part of Josh’s senior pictures up there. But the logistics didn’t allow that to happen. That ultimately turned out to be in our favor. More on that shortly.

Senior photo of a boy and a mint condition 1950 Dodge B2C pick up truck.

Great-grandpa’s 1950 Dodge BSC pick-up truck.

Where, Oh Where?

Since the cold weather is not very far away, I didn’t want to sit on this opportunity very long. Next thing you know, it will be winter. So I “bugged” Josh’s mom, Josie, right away after we all returned from up north. We needed to find a location for the light painting. We decided to meet where the truck is stored. That turned out to be a very good thing!

When I pulled into the driveway, I knew that we didn’t have to go anywhere! There were more than enough spots to photograph Josh with the pickup truck right there! But there was an additional surprise in store for us too! The big surprise was that under a tarp in the garage was another cool vehicle, a 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85! Now we had two cool “props” to include in Josh’s senior photos!

A cool senior photo of a boy and a 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85.

Josh, with uncle Mark’s cool 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85.

Test Drives

When I arrived for the light painting projects, Josh’s aunt Carrie and his cousin Lizzy were busy cleaning both vehicles to get them ready for Josh’s senior photos. I thought that was really sweet of them!

Then, before it got dark out, we photographed Josh in the daylight with both vehicles. Uncle Mark even let him take the Cutlass for a short test drive! Then we placed both vehicles right where we wanted them, had a bite to eat, and waited for it to get dark out. Our patience would be rewarded!

A Birthday Present

The Dodge pickup originally belonged to Josh’s great-grandpa Edmund. It was used on the family farm for many years, and then after his passing, it sat in a garage for more than 30 years because great-grandma didn’t drive. Years later, in 2012, Josh’s parents, Andy & Josie, along with his uncle Mark and his aunt Carrie, restored the truck and gave it to Josh’s grandmother, Mavis, for her 6oth birthday. Now that’s what I call a birthday present!

Photo of a 1950 Dodge B2C pickup truck in a field.

The 1950 Dodge B2C pickup truck all set up and ready to be light painted.

Light Painting a 1950 Dodge B2C Pickup Under a Full Moon

We actually light painted the Cutlass first and we’ll share that story in the days to come. As Josh and I were light painting the Cutlass, we noticed that the moonrise was happening. The Cutlass was in the trees, and so you could barely see the moon. But I intentionally placed the Dodge pick up with some open sky behind it so that the two light paintings would look different from each other.

I did know that there was going to a full moon that night. What I didn’t know is that the full moon would rise into that open sky area that I had placed behind the truck! As you can see, with a little Photoshop magic, I took full advantage of that opportunity for Josh’s 1950 Dodge B2C pickup light painting!

An amazing senior portrait light painting of a 1950 Dodge B2C pickup truck under a full moon.

Josh’s cool senior portrait light painting with the 1950 Dodge B2C pickup.

And There’s More!

We hope you enjoyed the backstory about Josh’s senior photo light painting with a 1950 Dodge B2C pickup. It certainly was fun to create with him! As I mentioned, we’ll also have the light painting story on the 1966 Olds Cutlass in the days to come.

In the meantime, please watch the short “build video” that we have on our YouTube Channel. It shows the images that went into creating this cool light painted senior photograph for Josh. Thank you for reading our post and have a great one! – M&J

“Light Painting a 1950 Dodge B2C Pickup” – © 2020 Michael Anderson Photography.

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