American Classics Car Show, NHRA Museum, Pomona, California 21-Oct-2012
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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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Spring Car Show Season
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”.
Spring Car Show Season
Standing its ground among superior numbers of Corvettes at the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show, April 1, 2012 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Another classic Chevrolet at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, June 19, 2011. A reminder of how inspirational art objects of the past can be for artists of the present.
This image is for my friend Sheila Creighton who is a photographer and an automotive lover, Sheila blogs at Imagery of Light. This classic piece of automotive art was on display at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, June 17, 2011 and was parked on Colorado Boulevard where the Rose Parade takes place every New Years Day.
Car Show Fortnight
This silver bullet of a circa 1950 Chevrolet is one of my favorite automotive images to date. The car itself if a fairly straight forward HDR image, I did take some liberty and tinted the windows in post processing. I also added an underpainting effect to the foreground and background using Topaz Labs’ Simplify plug-in in Photoshop. This is the kind of image that keeps me going, wanting to capture more and more automotive frames.
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.
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.
He is the pink Chevy with it’s minimalist grill as opposed to the other vintage cars we saw.
This is a circa 1947 Chevrolet being shown by a member of the Vielitas Car Club.
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.
This is my reinterpretation of Melvin from yesterday, realized much truer to Melvin’s appearance in “the flesh”. I feel that by completely darkening out the distracting elements in the background using the Adjustment Brush set at maximum underexposure works much better than the last version. I am getting a lot better at using the adjustment brush. I purposely did not brush out all of the background detail along some of Melvin’s edges, which had the effect of making Melvin seem to glow against the background. I also did not lighten up the exposure on Melvin’s tires and wheel wells to the same extent on this version, I just wanted some definition around the tires without attracting too much attention to the wheel wells. Probably the most significant lesson learned doing this today is that even subtle adjustments, can have a significant effect on the image as a whole.