Spring Car Show Season
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.
Captured two days before the end of the winter season, Mt San Antonio of the San Gabriel Mountains range looming over some of the homes on Elk Cove Court in Rancho Cucamonga, California. This is currently my favorite image in my collection, I am very happy with the painterly look that I achieved with this.
Another image from the Chino American Legion Car Show this past November. This coupe was parked next to the “Weekend Warrior” and impossible to overlook.
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Car Show Fortnight
This beauty is a classic design harking back to the Corvette’s origins. This is a very close approximation of what “Todd Styles” and “Buzz Murdoch” would have been driving around the country in “Route 66” in 1961. There is no shortage of white haired men at the Corvette shows, which is expected since very few other people could afford to have as a priority in their lives, acquiring and caring for a Corvette (classic or contemporary), but there still is plenty of life in both the entusiasts and the cars. If you Google “Martin Milner” in Google Images you will note that if “Todd Styles” was still tooling around in a Corvette every day, he would also have silver hair, reality having caught up with the idealized life.
Car Show Fortnight
This machine was on display at the Vette Set Car Show, June 11, 2011 in Redondo Beach, California.
I captured just over 500 frames at the Vette Set show and this is probably my favorite of them all. I feel with the tight framing of the “cockpit” and distinct images in the background, coupled with the HDR processing which brings out the interior details, that I have captured the essence of the allure of these machines. It seems to resonate with other people, in less than a week this image has climbed higher than all other images I have shared on HDRSPOTTING.COM in terms of number of views.
I really was quite straight forward in terms of processing, from a clean capture through minimal post processing manipulation. This is the kind of image I aspire to create on a regular basis.
This image was captured last January and was made in open shade and it depicts two family members.
What I did to achieve the end result:
- The image came from a single raw (Nikon NEF) file that I converted to DNG using Photoshop.
- Still in raw processing I created three versions, one with the original exposure settings, one 2 EV under exposed, one 2 EV over exposed.
- Using Photomatix Pro, made it a pseudo HDR image by combining and tone mapping the three raw images in to a JPG.
- Using Photoshop (in this and all subsequent steps) corrected the perspective of the vertical elements and slightly modified the horizontal perspective (the original image was made from a low angle that made the door sidelight and the column in the background appear to slant).
- Tightened the crop.
- Intensified the brightness in the model’s eyes.
- Whitened the teeth.
- Removed some facial blemishing/discoloration.
- Intensified the brightness and saturation of the blue finger nails (it was actual blue nail polish).
- Applied some sharpening to the overall image.
I am gradually developing my skills with Photoshop. I’ve been using the video tutorials at lynda.com which are quite helpful at understanding the power of Photoshop.