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White On Pink Vintage Buick

Car Show Fortnight

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 48mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HRP1; PsCS5

The last image in this series from the Ontario Police Department Guns & Hoses car show on July 23, 2011 is another Buick.  This car is from the same era as my childhood and I love the color scheme on this automobile, it reminds me of a Dreamsicle.  It took some lawyer masking trickery in Photoshop to get the body tones right and I also added the background blur in Photoshop.

Gold Coupe

Car Show Fortnight

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 26mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, ASAA; PsCS5

This beauty was also on display at the Ontario Police Department Guns & Hoses car show on July 23, 2011.  After initial processing of the brackets in Lightroom I used Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro to merge and tone map the images, then I duplicated the final HDR image and converted one copy in to a colored pencil drawing using Alien Skin’s Snap Art Photoshop plug-in.  I then layered the original HDR image with the colored pencil version and masked them together in Photoshop to achieve the painterly effect for the final image.

Red Coupe

Car Show Fortnight

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 32mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSimp; PsCS5

Another red coupe on display at the Ontario Police Department Guns & Hoses car show, July 23, 2011.  I gave this a painterly treatment using Topaz Labs’ Simplify Photoshop plug-in.

Antique Red & Black Buick

Car Show Fortnight

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 35mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

Today begins the Car Show Fortnight on the blog, two weeks of automotive images captured at car shows in the greater L.A. area.  This image represents the oldest vehicle in this current series, an antique Buick that drove to the Ontario Police Department’s Guns & Hoses Car Show, in their parking lot 23, 2011.  This image was created from two tone mapped versions produced in HDR Efex Pro, then layered and masked in Photoshop.

Update: This is a re-worked version of the original images, after considering Ken’s feedback.

Guns, Ammo & Gifts


Nikon D80 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/22 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

After capturing some images in Piru, Judy and I headed down the road to Fillmore, California and spent some time wandering around the area surrounding Central and Main.  Fillmore is roughly 50 miles northwest from Los Angeles and at least 30 years behind the greater Los Angeles area in terms of population density and land development; a significant amount of developed land in the Fillmore area is still given over to agriculture.  As evoked by this image, the pace of life, personal priorities and values are reminiscent of an earlier, some might say, simpler time in our history.

As I stated in my “Storm Over City Hall” posting one of the subjects I want to explore with my photography is of images that convey a sense of life in an earlier time in our history and when we strolled around Fillmore this was one of the images that was presented to me.  So rather than a dramatic visual image expressing artistry that dazzles the eye, I give you a much more subtle, documentary image, that might convey your mind  back to Another Time, which is the latest category I have added to the blog’s image inventory.

I initially rendered this image in sepia toned black and white, but the lettering in the shop windows got lost in that image, so the final image was rendered with a mono-toned color palette,  with a bit of emphasis on the warm color tones.  The goal was to capture a contemporary image and make it look like it was captured long before today.