The scene is the South Lake Avenue shopping district in Pasadena, California. Life couldn’t be better for a young girl than a leisurely afternoon window shopping ride with the family dog and dad towing us in a red wagon.
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The Pasadena show only permitted pre-1974 automobiles to enter, so instead of seeing an infinite array of contemporary fast cars, we had the opportunity to visit a lot of older cars that offered more nostalgia and character. Back when I was in high school Woody’s were fairly common, now if a see a Woody it is a real rarity. I really appreciate the wood door panels, the white walls, the rounded snout and that very business-like bumper. If you don’t know what that is hanging in front of the grill, it is a canvas water bag, water in the bag is kept cool by evaporative cooling.
I used layers and masking to diffuse much of the light and to selectively un-focus the background and rear part of the car, brushing gaussian blurring in various strengths. I wanted the scene to resemble a foggy day at the beach, and I think this treatment also gives a sense of the car emerging from the past. I changed the color of the surfboards to make them a little more prominent.