I usually prefer classic cars in Concours condition but this beauty was too much to pass up; candy purple with pinstriping, chrome rims with baby moons, blackwalls and custom tail lights. Whoa!! And the surrounding area at Laclede’s Landing in St. Louis, Missouri made for a perfect environmental portrait.
This was at one of the many classic car shows that are held in St. Louis. When I lived there, I made sure to attend every show. I’m still looking for the shows here on the East Coast. I would really appreciate any suggestions
Processing: I used Nik HDR Efex Pro for full out, single shot tone mapping to produce a strong pseudo-HDR, a little over the edge image and then used Adobe Photoshop to tone down the surrounding areas. This made the car really stand out.
As an after thought, I decided to process this second photo of the tail light using just HDR Toning and got a very good, matching shot. These images were taken with a Nikon N90s and 28-70mm f/2.8 lens using Fuji Velvia slide film. Those were my main tools before digital along.