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Classic Car #125

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 75mm ISO 320 1/320 f/11 Lr4; PsCS6

Captured at the 2012 San Marino Motor Classic, Lacy Park, San Marino, California.

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T-Bird Cockpit

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 400 1/160 f/16 Lr4; PsCS6

This passionate purple Ford Thunderbird was on display at the Corvettes West/Ronald McDonald House car show on April 1, 2012 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Prints are available here: http://goo.gl/dV7Q7


Still In Love After All These Years

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 28mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/16 Lr4; HEP1

A Stingray (C2) on display at the North San Diego County Corvette Club’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012, North Embarcadero Park.

Prints available here: http://goo.gl/qMOt2


Cadillac Dream; Improving Past Performance

Nikon D7000 19-24mm @ 18mm ISO 800 1/1250 f/20 Lr4; PsCS6

One of the most important attributes of Adobe Lightroom is the fact that it is not an image editor, but an image data base application.  Unlike tasks you perform in Adobe Photoshop, which permanently alter files, tasks you perform in Lightroom that are related to editing your image are non-destructive, you are not altering your image, you are simply attaching a series of descriptive attributes to the image file.  No matter what you have done to an image file in Lightroom, you can always return it to its original, raw file state.  This means that Lightroom allows you to travel back in time, and “re-do” any image in the catalog.

This has proven very useful to me as my skill levels have improved over time and my self-critical eye has become more discerning.  The original rendering I made of this image last year used the HDR process, and that processing resulted in a muddy image with no additional dynamic range other than the range of tones that are present in this rendering.  The other outcome of my original HDR rendering produced an incorrect color tone on the body of the Cadillac.  Today’s image was processed in a straight-forward manner, with minimal adjustment to overall exposure, highlight and shadow detail.  Minor boosts in contrast and clarity of the car and a boost in brightness of the chrome and white walls were brushed in.  A virtual copy was made of the entire image and that second image had clarity reduced and was darkened.  The two images were then composited together in Photoshop, producing the bright, sharp foreground image of the car with a subdued background.  I am very happy with the final body color, which to my recollection matches the actual body paint color of the car in life.  Suffice it to say, I am now moving in a steady direction away from HDR processing of my automotive images.

Prints are available at: http://goo.gl/tC10m .


Two Tone Rod #83

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 200 1/320 f/9 Lr4; PsCS6

Some more of the eye candy on display at the Chino Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012 at The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.

Prints available here: http://goo.gl/EUV3G


Orange Blossom Special

Nikon D7000 18-200omm @ 29mm ISO 200 1/200 f/10 Lr4; PsCS6

Part of the eye candy on display at the Chino Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012 at The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.


Modified Yellow Pick-up

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 34mm ISO 200 1/400 f/9 Lr4; PsCS6

You wouldn’t want to be driving this during a rainy day, but for a typical sunny southern California day this would be perfect for carting things around in.  Captured at the Chino  Valley Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012, Chino Hills, California.


Peacock Syndrome

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4; HEP1

One of the many Corvettes on display at San Diego’s Embarcadero Park North at the North County Corvette Club of San Diego’s “Plastic Fantastic” show, May 6, 2012.