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Power Plant #64

 

PowerPlant64__20120908-DSC_0064_P__© Wayne E FrostFound hanging around Myrtle Avenue, at the Street Rods Forever car show, Monrovia, California, 08-Sep-2012.

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Give Up A Little Love For The Old Girl.

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Prowler Roadster inviting suitors, American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012.

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Black Vette #26

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Black Vette #23

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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A Pair Of Coupes

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Red Coupe #5

American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012

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Red In The Afternoon

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 56mm ISO 200 1/200 f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

The San Marino Motor Classic, June 10, 2012, Lacy Park, San Marino, California.

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Orange Duo

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 40mm ISO 125 1/80 f/16 Lr4; PsCS6

A treat for orange lovers at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, June 17, 2012.

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1932 Packard Series 902 V12 Sport Phaeton

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 48mm ISO 320 1/200 f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

On display under the trees at Lacy Park in San Marino, California during the 2012 San Marino Motor Classic.

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New Bug On The Block

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 40mm ISO 200 1/60 f/22 Lr4; PsCS6

We spotted this shiny new red beetle while going for a walk in our neighborhood recently.

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1933 Marmon

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 320 1/320 f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

Captured at the 2012 San Marino Motor Classic, June 10 in Lacy Park, San Marino, California.

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Reminds Me Of Chocolate Milk

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 125 1/60 f/16 Lr4; PsCS6

It must be the color scheme of this 1940 Chevrolet pickup truck, the cream and brown tones make me think of chocolate milk, and I can see in my mind milk crates with old glass bottles of chocolate milk stacked in the bed of the truck.  This beautiful machine was captured at the Pasadena Police 2012 classic car show in Pasadena, California on June 17, 2012.  This year’s Pasadena Police show was a bit of a disappointment, though, not as many cars as last year, and fewer, in my opinion, distinctive vehicles.  I also thought last year’s venue on Colorado Boulevard was a better showcase in front of Paseo Pasadena rather than this year’s venue on Green Street, behind Paseo Pasadena.

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Classic Car #125

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 75mm ISO 320 1/320 f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

Captured at the 2012 San Marino Motor Classic, Lacy Park, San Marino, California.

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T-Bird Cockpit

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 400 1/160 f/16 Lr4; PsCS6

This passionate purple Ford Thunderbird was on display at the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show on April 1, 2012 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Still In Love After All These Years

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 28mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/16 Lr4; HEP1

A Stingray (C2) on display at the North San Diego County Corvette Club’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012, North Embarcadero Park.

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Cadillac Dream; Improving Past Performance

Nikon D7000 19-24mm @ 18mm ISO 800 1/1250 f/20 Lr4; PsCS6

One of the most important attributes of Adobe Lightroom is the fact that it is not an image editor, but an image data base application.  Unlike tasks you perform in Adobe Photoshop, which permanently alter files, tasks you perform in Lightroom that are related to editing your image are non-destructive, you are not altering your image, you are simply attaching a series of descriptive attributes to the image file.  No matter what you have done to an image file in Lightroom, you can always return it to its original, raw file state.  This means that Lightroom allows you to travel back in time, and “re-do” any image in the catalog.

This has proven very useful to me as my skill levels have improved over time and my self-critical eye has become more discerning.  The original rendering I made of this image last year used the HDR process, and that processing resulted in a muddy image with no additional dynamic range other than the range of tones that are present in this rendering.  The other outcome of my original HDR rendering produced an incorrect color tone on the body of the Cadillac.  Today’s image was processed in a straight-forward manner, with minimal adjustment to overall exposure, highlight and shadow detail.  Minor boosts in contrast and clarity of the car and a boost in brightness of the chrome and white walls were brushed in.  A virtual copy was made of the entire image and that second image had clarity reduced and was darkened.  The two images were then composited together in Photoshop, producing the bright, sharp foreground image of the car with a subdued background.  I am very happy with the final body color, which to my recollection matches the actual body paint color of the car in life.  Suffice it to say, I am now moving in a steady direction away from HDR processing of my automotive images.

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A Man, His Best Friend & Favorite Toy

Nikon D7000 18-125mm @ 35mm ISO 320 1/20 f/5.6 Lr4; PsCS6

I met this gentleman and his companion at the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club car show, October 16, 2010.  This was the first car show I had ever attended.  This image was originally rendered as an HDR, however, now that the thrill of discovering the HDR process has run its initial course with me, I can look at the HDR image and admit that the process, and the state of my skill level at the time that I originally processed it, were both sub-par. In actuality this image did not need HDR processing and it was diminished by poorly applied HDR processing.

I’ve spent part of the past week going back in my catalog and re-processing images, losing the bad HDR and improving the final renderings.  I’ll talk more about this in Wednesday’s post.

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Two Tone Rod #83

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 200 1/320 f/9 Lr4; PsCS6

Some more of the eye candy on display at the Chino Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012 at The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.

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Orange Blossom Special

Nikon D7000 18-200omm @ 29mm ISO 200 1/200 f/10 Lr4; PsCS6

Part of the eye candy on display at the Chino Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012 at The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.


Modified Yellow Pick-up

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 34mm ISO 200 1/400 f/9 Lr4; PsCS6

You wouldn’t want to be driving this during a rainy day, but for a typical sunny southern California day this would be perfect for carting things around in.  Captured at the Chino  Valley Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012, Chino Hills, California.


Peacock Syndrome

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4; HEP1

One of the many Corvettes on display at San Diego’s Embarcadero Park North at the North County Corvette Club of San Diego’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012.


Binky Blue

Spring Car Show Season

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 38mm ISO 200 1/250, 1/60, 1/15 f/22 Lr4, HEP1; PsCS5

The scene is adjacent to the Red Robin in Chino, California where Binky Blue (2005 Corvette C6) and his proud owner took a lunch break after almost a full eight hours of display at Binky Blue’s first car show, the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show in Rancho Cucamonga, California, April 1, 2012.  If you would like to see Binky Blue up close and personal he plans to be participating at the Chino Valley Fire Foundation Car & Bike Show, Saturday, May 19, 2012 at The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.


American Muscle Car

Spring Car Show Season

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 28mm ISO 400 1/1000, 1/250, 1/60 f/16 Lr4, HEP1; PsCS5

A Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport circa 1969 displayed at the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show, Rancho Cucamonga, California on April 1, 2012.  The view of the flag through the cut-out in the hood juxtaposed against the large chrome and black engine and body color scheme made titling this post a “no-brainer”.


Clean Chevy: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Two Door Hardtop

Spring Car Show Season

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 38mm ISO 200 1/100 f/18 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS5

Standing its ground among superior numbers of Corvettes at the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show, April 1, 2012 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.