Since moving to North Carolina, I haven’t had a chance to attend any car shows. I guess life just gets in the way. So, I’m posting a shot that I took back in Saint Louis, Missouri a few years ago. This was before my jump into High Dynamic Range imaging but I’ve applied a small amount of HDR tone mapping to get a slight “beyond reality” effect. Or what I call, a pseudo-HDR image. This Chevy was beautifully restored. Can you tell what year?
For an artistic version, I move the image into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and deepened the reds while lightening the yellows for just a little more contrast. Then, back in Photoshop, I blended the monochrome layer at 95 percent to allow a slight hint of color.
Equipment used: Nikon D100 with 20-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at 31mm(effective 46mm) f/18, ISO 200. 57
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.
Having used Adobe Photoshop for many years, I’ve been able to work an image for a pseudo-HDR effect since long before High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging became popular with many photographers. This image was produced from a single exposure that was originally shot using Fuji Chrome Velvia slide film and scanned at a high resolution. After minor adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw, I loaded it into Nik HDR Efex Pro and applied the number 24, Clean City 1 preset. I’ve included the original scan at the end of this post for comparison.
As far as composition, I always like to get close at car shows for more abstract views like this one. I wasn’t totally satisfied with my first attempt (still too realistic) so I loaded the image back into HDR Efex Pro and did lots of “on the fly” tone mapping to get the image below.This is a much better example of what lots of photogs think of when HDR is mentioned. And that’s sad since my normal use of the technology is to get a better view of reality than a camera can produce in a single shot. And this is still pretty calm compared to some of the more extreme examples that I’ve seen. Can we mention the “halo” effect?
Here’s the original image from the scanned transparency.Equipment used: Nikon n90s with 28-70mm f/2.8 lens.