86% of respondents prefer to see photos with the hoods down.
In addition to the survey on here, I received lots of feedback from two Facebook sites. The tally as of Jun 28 at 7 am:
Hoods Down: 65
Hoods Up: 11
A few people commented on what they like to do with their hoods at car shows. While the comments were insightful and interesting, I didn’t count them. I was only interested in how you prefer to see cars in the photos.
I’m of the opinion that most people prefer to see my photos with the hoods down but I’d like to find out for sure. I’ve created a survey asking the question, “Do you prefer to see photos of classic vehicles with the hoods up or hoods down?”
I prefer to get a picture with the hood down and I often request the car owner, if present, to close the hood. If the car owner isn’t present, I will often shoot the picture from the rear of the vehicle.