By on July 27, 2016

1998 Ford Ranger silver

In every hobby, there is a phenomenon where acquisition or consumption of everything is the essence of the passion. Car nuts certainly can relate, as there are those who must collect, install, and promote every possible tuner part on their cars. The well-off car enthusiast may collect every iteration of a particular classic car. For golfers, there are those (known as “club whores”) who obsess over every detail of every golf club, and buy every possible one the day they are released. They may sell off the pieces that don’t fit their game to fund their habits.

Photographers are no different. The drive to buy yet another lens, tripod, body, flash, or whatever is all-consuming. Here, we have an example of an obviously talented shooter using his skills to sell off a well-used truck, likely to fund his glass habit.

Reddit is a dangerous place for those who, like me, are afflicted by ADHD and a desire to read everything in the world. This morning, I wandered upon this thread, which caught my eye since I’m always looking for interesting cars for sale.

It seems a Houston-based photographer named Larry, working under the title Hafast Photography, is selling his beat-up 1998 Ford Ranger on Craigslist.

1998 Ford Ranger silver front quarter

Clearly, these aren’t the half-assed photos we’re used to seeing for online car sales.

1998 Ford Ranger wheel

I’m no photographer, so I can’t speak intelligently about the skills or techniques used here. But it’s obvious that making sure your subject is well photographed is crucial for making your Craigslist ad go viral.

Maybe Sajeev wants this Ranger, too.

1998 Ford Ranger silver profile

1998 Ford Ranger silver front

1998 Ford Ranger interior


Chris Tonn is the Large Editor-at-Large for Car Of The Day, a classic-car focused site highlighting cool and unusual finds. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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23 Comments on “Was Your Focus RS Order Cancelled? Buy This Cool-Looking Ford Instead...”

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    Or make that guy an offer. At least you’ll be getting a forced induction Ford.

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    I guess he couldn’t figure out how to use Photoshop to remove the dents in the truck bed…

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    The picture of the wheel is the best one. I think I’d have spend $45 to replace the arm rest, rather than drive it around with a hair band on it holding it (sort of) closed.

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    There are so few people out there with some talent/skill and a true passion for their talent who can put their talent to use in an everyday situation such as this. It is nice to see this person in action.

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    It’s tempting because it’s in Houston.

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    Don’t buy vehicles viewed in the dark or in the rain. Since all his photos are dark and or wet…..

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    The Grand Sport fender hashes are an odd touch on a Ford Ranger.

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    Dan R

    Saw a new Ranch King F-350 FX-4 yesterday. Cartoonish.
    What a palate cleanser this is.

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    It’s just a normal Ranger? I thought it was some sleeper turbo sport truck.

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    The sad/funny part is his ad on Craigslist will get flagged by everyone and their brother thinking its one of those scam ads!

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    Friend of a friend did this gem on a mid-90s Maxima that made the rounds two years ago.

    Nissan ended up buying it to donate to a high school shop class with matching funds or something.

    It doesn’t matter if you know a lot about photography–if the result’s beautiful in the eye of the beholder, you’ve nailed it. This guy nailed it.

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    I have a question about the very large lenses some photographers use, the ones that are much larger than the camera: I know a larger lens lets in more light so can take pictures in darker places, but really what is the advantage of a large lens? Or is it some way to compensate for one’s manhood?

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      Chris Tonn

      I can answer that particular photography question…with an “it depends.”

      The overall diameter of the lens (girth, if we are comparing to manhood) indeed does affect the amount of light admitted to the sensor – thus better quality photos in darker ambient conditions. There are tradeoffs, of course, for sharpness, depth of field, etc. that are beyond what I can adequately explain.

      Length of the lens affects the distance of the focus point. Longer lens generally equals a view of an scene further away.

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        another reason they are so large, and expensive, is because they are zoom lenses.

        the opposite of that kind of lens, a prime (or fixed) lens can be very small and relatively inexpensive. they are also very sharp. if you want to zoom out you have to use your feet to move backwards. zoom in, physically move the camera toward the subject.

        professional photographers on the side of a basketball court or out in nature can’t do that. so they have to spend big bucks on lenses that can zoom in, let in a lot of light, and still remain sharp. that costs money and all that capability (and even more importantly durability) adds glass and weight.

        if you are gonna spend money on that kind of glass, you don’t mind spending a little bit more to know that it can take a 6’9″ power forward landing on it and still continue to function properly.

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      Finally! A use for my Fine Art degree!!!

      The reason those lenses at sporting/rally/whatever events are so gargantuan is like S197GT said, you need longer focal lengths to fill the frame at longer distances. The reason they don’t look like Pirates of the Caribbean handheld collapsable telescopes requires a brief physics lesson. Aperture is a function of the focal length of the lens divided by the diameter of the opening where the light rays converge. This means on an 800mm lens, to get the advertised f5.6, you need an aperture that fulfills the equation 800/x = 5.6. So that gives you a maximum opening of ~142mm. A standard 50mm lens at f1.8 would have to only be ~27mm at the largest by comparison. The shutter speed to get non blurry action photos varies depending on the activity but generally at least 1/500th of a second to freeze a runner and up to 1/8000th for a speeding automobile. This means you need a large aperture or highly sensitive (and requisitely noisy/grainy) sensor/film. Since grain in action photos has fallen out of favor in editorial work, it’s a full aperture ahead time for lenses.

      And yes, there is a certain phallic compensation factor involved in having the biggest lens out there as long as it is appropriate for the subject material. Otherwise you end up looking a bit dorky with your vest and floppy hat.

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    Hafast Photography, what a great name.
    Sure he’s actually selling a truck?

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    I’m just impressed someone managed to so faithfully replicate the lighting aesthetic of “mid-90’s Ford brochure,” at least for that interior shot.

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