I also attended last year's MIAS, took photos, and named the album The Most Boring Carshow Set You'll Ever See (click on text to view the photos). Well, this photo set you're about to see beats the previous year's, because this is definitely more boring. So again, if you're looking for pretty models here, don't waste your time and close this link, because you're up for a big disappointment.
Anyway, the MIAS has changed its name to the Manila National Open Model Shoot (MNOMS). The car companies - exasperated that they're paying big bucks to set up their displays, bring in the cars, pay for models to attract the crowd, only to see the girls become the main attraction - have given up and accepted the reality that majority of the exhibit goers will ignore their products and just go to the show to a.) have their photos taken WITH THE MODELS, not with the cars, b.) improve their "portrait photography" portfolio, c.) push their luck in trying to get laid, or d.) all of the above.
For shooters like me who are actually interested in the cars themselves, well, good luck. Good luck in weaving thru traffic caused by DSLR-toting shooters angling for shots of the models. Good luck in checking out the cars, or shooting the cars, while a model is close by and you can't tell her to get out of the frame because there are tens of shooters who are occupying her attention. Good luck in thinking that this is still a car show, because it sure doesn't feel like it. It's a model open shoot that's organized in a grand manner - with sparkling cars as props and backdrops. The grandest open model shoot you'll see, indeed.
Anyway, I did a quick drop-by at MIAS last weekend, primarily to test my new Canon 5D Mark III. I had the 8-15mm Fisheye L with it. No portrait lens, no flash, no model shoot. Sometimes I got lucky to find cars that were ignored because they had no models beside them. (Anyway, no processing on all photos except cropping, watermarking, and a little sharpening. Converted from RAW using Digital Photo Professional, no Adobe Camera RAW update yet that can convert the 5D3's RAW files. DPP's RAW conversion is a bit soft. Correction : Last photo converted to B&W.)
And before I end, let me share photos from the 1st edition of the MIAS back in 2005. It was much simpler those days. You go to the show and you can look at the cars without minding open model shoots happening on the side. It felt like a true car show then. That time I'd say 95% of the show-goers went there for the cars. In MIAS 2012, I have to say 70% went there to shoot the models, 20% to have their picture taken with the models like they're close and share it on their social networking account and brag that the models are their "friends", and the remaining 10% are the real car enthusiasts. No wonder the MIAS is now the MNOMS.
Thanks for looking. Sorry for disappointing you. See you at next year's MIAS!
Naaaaaaaaaaaaah. I'll pass. =)