ISO200 50mm f/1.8 1/800sec
Seen this old beaut, on the side of the road downtown and of course being the motor head I am I had to go to town with shooting it. However, in this particular case All my shots were from various parts of my photo walk. I would grab a shot or two on this passing and then another couple from the next walk by. In fact all 3 of these shots were taken at separate passings.
Im pretty comfortable with my editing process and typically know which steps Ill be taking as I capture the scene, but in some occasions, when I get the pics up on screen I realize the shots call for a different direction. This was one of those times. The front end pic below was one of the first captures for the day, and is nearly unedited straight from camera (just a subtle vignette to keep attention where I want it). I loved the 50′s sunburnt, crazy flare, look that was going on, which was starkly different from the well contrasting top and bottom images. In looking the images over I decided the sun glare and low contrast really helped in telling the story of the car and its story, so I went to town editing the other two shots to bring in the same feeling. (Before and after pics may get posted in the behind the scenes album on the Nick Exposed Facebook page.. wink wink)
I love shots like the one above! First of all whats this kid doing downtown, in only socks?! Second his shirt goes great with the car, and third he has no clue Im shooting him so everything is completely natural. Everybody was walking by taking shots of the car, and Im sure it appeared like I was doing the exact same thing, giving me perfect cover to bring him into the unscripted story of timelessness. He has no shoes, so you know he is in no hurry to go anywhere. Sitting on the side of the road with the same colors as the car… He and the car are practically one in the same. hahaha
Well if anything, it made for a sweet street shot
ISO200 50mm f/2.8 1/400 sec
ISO200 50mm f/2.8 1/250sec
An interesting crop into a awesome crotch rocket. Taken with my iphone 4s.
Love the colors and geometry in here!
ISO100 25mm f/8 2sec
Given this months community project theme is Long Exposures, I figured Id edit another photo from this weekends “car show”.
When it comes to late night lengthy exposures I tend to lean towards the HDR side, so that I have the flexibility of bringing in as much detail as I feel necessary. Once again I went with an over processed car for this image, different from what I usually do, being when I originally seen this car I immediately thought of the Hot Wheels cars I had as a kid, and wanted to bring the look and feel of that childhood memory out in this pic.
I decided in this instance I would leave a bit of the effect from the long shutter to emphasize the exposure time, for example the ghosted person in the background as well as the light streaks off to the left. If I would have thought of it at the time, I would have liked to capture a scene with some people making their way around the car admiring its beauty.
I always love playing with these late night hdr photos, they can be a good amount of fun to see come together. Its incredible how much detail can be captured due to the lengthy exposures.
I look forward to continuing to dive into the subject of Long Exposures with all of you who are joining in on this months Collab Fun!!
ISO200 29mm f/5.6 1/125sec
This old beauty showed up at the park, during our cook out this weekend, with a pack of High school prom goers. They came to the park to get some pics taken (By a simple point and shoot, I about offered up my services hahaa), and while they were off shooting around the park I got a chance to grab a few shots of the ol’ Ford before they needed it for their own shooting.
She was in extraordinary condition and all the wheels and tires looked like they were right off the show room floor making for some crisp photographs. The nice hard light washed out the white walls giving such great contrast to an already contrasting color scheme.
This is one of those instances where always having your camera with you pays off.
ISO100 25mm f/8.0 2.5sec
I must say, so far this year I have been somewhat disappointed by the quality of cars at our local hot spots. The last couple of years have been a bit dry when it comes to the turn out of friday and saturday night hot rodders, both old and new.
Tonight on the other hand, this was not the case, as our local Sonic Drive In was packed with hot rods, muscle cars, tuners and bikes. It was a great turn out and I definitely took advantage of the vintage settings and rides with my camera. I was a bit nervous about this shot at first. For one it took me forever to get because people kept walking in front of the camera haha (To be expected when everyones attention is on the cars and not the crazy photographer laying on the ground behind them). Next it was the lens flare that worried me, which actually turned out to be a great happy accident, as it added to the dreamy retro background. Lastly as we were packing up and the car was taking off I realized that I had forgotten to turn my autofocus back on during the whole time I was shooting the car, so it was up to chance on whether or not the shot would be sharp or not. Well luck was on my side tonight as it turned out to be a sharp shot with a certain flare to it (get it.. cause the lens flar… alright). Either way I racked another HDR auto shot to add to my collection
ISO100 23mm f/9.0 1/80sec
Another unusual vehicle to add to my collection of auto images! This mini bus has been painted and repainted so many times throughout my life span. Its owned by a auto collision repair center just down the street from where I grew up, and every few years they give it a fresh coat of paint in hopes of luring newcomers through their door. This is the most extravagant paint job that I recall it having in all the times I have seen it, and probably the most suiting coat for the vehicle.
Short. Simple. To the point
ISO100 18mm f/5.6 1/125sec
I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love this time of year!! As a car guy summer time weather is much appreciated after a long winter season, especially now that I have a new means of celebrating and capturing the beauty of these wonderful automobiles. Continue reading