- There is no way I could ever take 150 decent photos of my car in a few hours. How do the BaT photographers do it? I’m on my way to finding out!

What ROI? Taking Your Own Bring a Trailer Auction Photos – Does It Add Up?

Probably not, but I would do it all over again! Sure, be sensible and get the “Plus” listing, yawn

BaT offers a “Plus” auction selling option that includes professional photography. The regular listing is $99, and the upgrade with photos is $349. I’ll let you do the math. I spent $200 on a flash and an umbrella, so my net savings is $49. I spent at least 70 hours on the photography. The videos took at least another 20 hours, probably more, but that doesn’t come with the Plus package as far as I know. Divide the 70 hours to take and edit the photos, by the $49 I saved. It’s approximately $1.27 per hour. I think that’s what I got paid for washing dishes at my first job in high school!

This shot is from my second trip up into the hills behind Santa Barbara. On the first night I failed to use enough depth of field. Bad DOF cost me a round trip and a couple of hours.

This shot is from my second trip up into the hills behind Santa Barbara. On the first night I failed to use enough depth of field. Bad DOF cost me a round trip and a couple of hours.

Gas was $0.36 cents a gallon when my car rolled off the assembly line in Arese, Italy. That’s $1.60 in today’s money. There’s something both reassuring and shocking in those numbers. Entry level work is still worth about the same in terms of gallons of gas per worked hour - it's still roughly 3 gallons of gas for every hour! It's been the same for 50 years! We went about 12-18 miles on that historical gallon; today it’s 26-30+. Gas is $3.30 a gallon today and one ‘mile of gasoline’ costs roughly $0.12. When gas was $0.36 cents and cars went 12 miles to the gallon it cost three cents to go a mile, or $0.13 cents in today’s dollars. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Wake me when electric cars make induction sounds. Sucking air through a narrow opening to a steel chamber still echoing with the thud of detonation makes a really unique noise. It sounds like ... victory.

Wake me when electric cars make induction sounds. Sucking air through a narrow opening to a steel chamber still echoing with the thud of detonation makes a really unique noise. It sounds like ... victory.

Electric cars, according to the US Dept. of Energy, cost $0.04 cents a mile. 300% more efficient, or something like that than today's cars (which are supposedly super efficient, right?). Before everyone starts in, I’m just gonna say it, “Why would they lie?” It’s not fake news, it’s technology. Eventually we will all need to embrace it or get out of the way.

A foggy morning at the beach is a perfect photography location. The sky is a great big soft box – move the car, not your camera, for the best lighting.

A foggy morning at the beach is a perfect photography location. The sky is a great big soft box – move the car, not your camera, for the best lighting.

My Alfa is a restoration - a combination of two cars. The first car I bought had a great drive train, but a rotten body. The bare chassis I bought for the restoration was almost ready for paint, completely disassembled, and only $1000! Years later I learned that the two cars have VIN numbers just 12 places apart: 1486383, and 1486395. The odds against these two cars coming together decades later and thousands of miles from the factory in Italy must be astronomical. That they would reunite to create a special driving experience for generations to come is just plain lucky.

Just waiting for a place to go, someplace to be for a good reason, or for no reason at all. Get in, put your right foot into it. Go on, you know you want to!

Just waiting for a place to go, someplace to be for a good reason, or for no reason at all. Get in, put your right foot into it. Go on, you know you want to!

All things being equal I’d go back in a heartbeat to making $1.27 an hour and driving the eff out of a VW Beetle in the hills outside of town, on gas that cost thirty-six cents a gallon. It seemed inexhaustible, eternal, like we would never run out of summer sunsets high above the town. It was a constant that bigger carburetors, new brake pads, tires, shocks and girlfriends would mark the seasons forever.

Too much of this view can get one in trouble. Eyes on the road. As far ahead as you can see, always anticipate the next bend in the road.

Too much of this view can get one in trouble. Eyes on the road. As far ahead as you can see, always anticipate the next bend in the road.

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Comments (4)

  • Too much information is bad... keep it under 50 pictures and I’ll feel like I have more than enough.

      1 year ago
    • The average BaT listing is 66 pics on the main page, and another 120 in the gallery. That’s my back of the napkin research, lol.

        1 year ago
  • Beautiful Alpha, and photos.

      1 year ago
    • Thanks! It’s a ton of fun - stay tuned for some spirited driving videos in the next installment!

        1 year ago
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