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SCVCC Fall Corvette Show – Part 2

Today’s post showcases images of the more contemporary Vette’s on display last week-end:

Nikon D80 18-135mm 18mm ISO 640 1/2 f/4.8 Lr3 Viveza2

“The Line-up”

“Corvette Sunset”

Nikon D80 18-135mm 50mm ISO 320 1/8 f/8 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

“The Eye Catcher”

Nikon D80 18-135mm 32mm ISO 320 1/10 f/8 Lr3 Viveza2


“Red Love”

Nikon D80 18-135mm 18mm ISO 640 1/8 f/4,8 Lr3 Viveza2

“Evening Inspection”

Nikon D80 18-135mm 35mm ISO 320 1/8 f/11 Lr3 Silver Efex

“The Money Pit”

All images were captured hand-held, no effort was made to eliminate  the ghosting of the people in the frames.  Exposure, color brightness and saturation and contrast were manipulated using Lightroom 3, and NIK’s: Color Exfex Pro and Silver Efex Pro.  Noise reduction, sharpening and HDR processing were accomplished with NIK’s Dfine, Sharpening Pro and HDR Efex Pro.

SCVCC Fall Corvette Show – Part 1

Nikon D80 18-135mm 24mm ISO 320 1/30 f/11 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club is a well organized Corvette owners’ club in Southern California and they hold a fund raising car show every October to benefit The Painted Turtle, of which they state:

The Painted Turtle is the sixth addition to the Paul Newman’s family of Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children. It is also the only multi-disease camp & family care center of its kind on the West Coast.

Through educational, therapeutic, safe & just plain fun summer camp, as well as year-round programs, The Painted Turtle provides a life-changing experience for children whose daily struggles often diminish both their desire to be well & their ability to lead a rich, productive life.

Judy and I had an enjoyable time at the car show this past Saturday.  Today’s posting showcases some of the vintage Vette’s that were on display.  Despite their age, these cars are in perfect physical condition and are immaculate inside and out.

Nikon D80 18-135mm 18mm ISO 320 1/30 f/11 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

Another view of the vintage line-up, I really like the red and white color scheme of this car.  When I HDR processed these images with NIK HDR Efex Pro I used one of their tone mapping pre-sets and then tweaked it slightly in an effort to bring some warmth and softness to the image of the vintage cars on a fall day.

Nikon D80 18-135mm 35mm ISO 320 1/6 f/5.6 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

I am calling this image “A Man, His Best Friend & Favorite Toy”.  He told me that the dog is usually reticent about getting in the car, but once he is in, he seems to enjoy the ride.  I certainly would.

All of these images are at a relatively high ISO, for two reasons, the light was fading, and everything was hand held. I have not tried to eliminate the ghosting in the first image (I am still getting my feet whet with the software tools), and what the hell, the people were walking around a lot and it required some patience until they would move out of the way of a given shot. The moving figures in the first shot were not a problem, the ghosting was effectively eliminated by the anti-ghosting tool in the Nik HDR Efex Pro application.

Detroit Iron

Nikon D80 10-135mm 40mm ISO 320 1/30 f/16 Lr3 PMX4 Viveza2

You can find more than one car show any weekend in Southern California.  This past Saturday, even though we got a late start, we swung by three car shows, all within three miles of our house.   The only issue you have to consider if you want to capture images of the cars is to come early, the automotive aficianados showing their cars tend to disperse as soon as judging is completed, best to get to any car show well before noon.  I did not speak to he owner, I am guessing that the car in the image above may be a Chevrolet Fleetline circa 1946.

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This line up was at the first show we stopped at, and by then probably 3/4 of the participants showing had taken off. In this line up is the pink Chevy and a green Cadillac, both circa 1950’s, and two other older cars that I did not get a good look at.

Nikon D80 18-135mm 58mm ISO 320 1/125 f/16 Lr3 PMX4 Viveza2

He is the pink Chevy with it’s minimalist grill as opposed to the other vintage cars we saw.

Nikon D80 18-135mm 35mm ISO 320 1/60 f/16 Lr3 PMX4 Viveza2

This is a circa 1947 Chevrolet being shown by a member of the Vielitas Car Club.

Nikon D80 18-135mm 22mm ISO 320 1/45 f/16 Lr3 PMX4 Viveza2

There were also a few vintage pick-up trucks. I was attracted to the intensely violet paint job on this one. What appears to be bad paint or body work is actually shadows being cast by some trees that were behind and to the left of me. The actual paint job was flawless. You can also see some of the adjacent objects reflected in these vehicles’ bodies.