A closer view and from a slightly different angle of the Green Hot Rod, emphasizing the power plant. I applied an oil paint effect using the Topaz Labs Simplify plug-in for Photoshop. This is part of my exploration of painterly effects used with photographic images. My aim here is not to document, but rather to convey the essence of the scene in a manner that evokes emotional thought.
This is hot rod week at the blog and I am featuring two rods captured on July 2 at the “Old Pomona Hot Rod and Custom Car Show” at Thomas Plaza just off of Second Street in Pomona, California. Initial processing from RAW was done in Lightroom which was also used for sharpening and noise reduction. Nik’s HDR Efex Pro merged and tone mapped the three captures and Photoshop was used to add brightness and saturation adjustment layer that was then masked out of the green hot rod.
One last image from the Pasadena Police 2011 Classic Car show. I said hello to this fellow, but he did not do so much as grunt at me. I think he was concentrating on projecting a “Don’t fuck with me or my car” persona. It is a beautiful restoration and a well maintained vehicle, and probably is a lot of fun to cruise in. I like everything about the car, but somehow, the way the tear drop headlights seem out of place for the era the car is from.
HDR portraits are overkill many times, but the treatment in this image warranted it in my opinion.
The weather in Southern California has been unusually cool recently and when we came upon Starbucks last Saturday evening every available seat inside was taken up with bodies staying nice and toasty. The temperature outside was probably in the low forties or high thirties when this image was captured, making the very hot, large non-fat mocha latte that Judy brought out to me that much better.
The exposures were 1/20, 1/6 and .7 second, using the monopod. A couple of hot spots were dodged, and one area was cooled down using Control Points in HDR Efex Pro and Nik Sharpener Pro 3 was used for final sharpening.