This year I went alone. I took a cab because it was on the other side of town, and I read that sometimes you can wait up to an hour to find a parking spot there.
Like a lot of the amateur photographers there, I was more interested in taking photos of the female models than the new car models. Its not every day that you can photograph models. I also noticed that there were a lot of photographers there with some nice glass. Strangely, it seemed like there were a lot more Canons than Nikons.
Overall, I was somewhat happy with the photos. The lighting there was top down and not very great. I used a flash on low power, but sometimes it wasn't enough to get rid of the shadows from the overhead lighting. While the light was plenty bright enough to see in, I had to shoot at a little slower shutter speed than I would have liked, and I used a higher iso. I didn't have the sharp focus that I really would have liked.
I didn't take my 70-200 2.8 mm lens, which would have been a much better choice than the 24-105 mm. The 2.8 aperture would have let me shoot at a higher shutter speed, and I would have had a shallower depth of focus, making the models stand out from the background more. When I got home, I was actually going ot go back with my 70-200 lens. I had Nalin tell the guard to call a taxi for me to arrive in 30 minutes. An hour later I walked to the guard station. He had forgotten. At that point it wasn't worth going back.
One thing I noticed is that the Thai photographers would all stand around the models, sometimes three or more people deep. Most of the photographers in the back couldn't be getting a lot of great photos, there were people in their way. I wasn't going to stand in the back and wait for ten minutes only to have the model leave. I would just walk around to the front of all the photographers and shoot sitting down or kneeling. Essentially I was in the front row.
Throughout the day, I only saw a handful of Thai photographers shoot from any position but standing. I'm glad they didn't or I couldn't have gotten so close all the time. Since they were standing, I could work my way up to the front without blocking anyone's shot. The models look at different cameras so you can take your shot, and since I was in the front, I never had any issue with them looking my way.
I definitely plan on going back next year. In fact, I may end up going for a few days.
Here are a few photos of the models. I'll add some more and some of cars (I did take a few) later.