Images & Observations

Ruby’s Red Vette

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 24mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

I’m going with an automotive theme this week, and starting with this image captured at an all Corvette show held in Redondo Beach, California this past June.  The show was hosted by the Vette Set car club which is active in the L.A. area.  This was one of 90 Corvettes on display that day, and situated as it was in front of Ruby’s diner with the matching color scheme, the scene begged me to capture it.

I applied the usual processing to achieve an HDR image then created an adjustment layer in Photoshop for de-saturation and then selectively painted out the masking to reveal the original saturation.

8 responses

  1. love this!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    • Thanks for the comment and for stopping by

      July 18, 2011 at 4:15 PM

  2. Fascinating look. As you explain in more technical fashion, it is sort of like selective desaturation, but it isn’t. Did you also smooth out the car a bit? It looks almost partially cartooned.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    • Mark, I pushed it a bit, not trying to be cartoony, but trying to emphasize the shine on the bright colors of the cars.

      July 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

  3. Ken Bello

    Nice post processing on this one, Wayne. It suits the subject really well.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    • Thanks, Ken. I could not resist the car and the sign, but I figured I would do a little something to strengthen the tie-in with the processing.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM

  4. looks really neat – totally surreal! I’ll bet the owner would love to buy a copy of this.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    • Thanks, Sheila. I did email the car club and invited them to visit my gallery, but no bites so far.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM

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