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Car photography has changed a great deal over the last fifty years. In the forties and early fifties, cars were photographed on movie sound stages, and retouchers took out dozens of reflections from the hard edged movie lights. In the sixties, soft light sources replaced the sound stages, and natural light wit some assistant became the norm.

As a young assistant, I soaked up the best education you could get. Only two of the fifty photographers I worked for were car photographers I worked for but they were the two biggest car photographers in the world. icky McGuire was seven foot four and had a sharp temper. I'm glad I worked so hard that he never had reason to yell. mickey was the first car photographer to move out of the sound stage, and into a regular photographic studio.

Gil Smith was a child actor who grey up and did some major car ads There are only a hundred first level car photographers in the world, and a few have buckled from the stress, and killed themselves.

This is a Lexus, not in a murky studio, but sitting in a parking lot in afternoon sun softened by some thin clouds. Having learned what light can do to steel, I stopped, shot a few frames and then did a little computer work. I darkened the image quite a bit, then raised the highlights, hit the sharpen button and then juggled the tones until I was happy. sometimes I soften the image, and then sharpen it to get a soft sharp effect. I don't use Photoshop. I have it, somebody gave it to me, but it's been sitting on the shelf a long time. I us Picasa 3. It's free, and very fast. When I started restoring negatives of my most important family pictures, Photoshop took an hour and a half per negative. Picasa took three minutes. I hope this image is interesting. It's the rear door of the Lexus . The dark horizontal line is actually there, it just doesn't show in normal light.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix P510 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Mar 2013 - 1:05 PM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.0
Aperture:f/6.4
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto1
Title:2013 Lexus sedan
Username:Aldo Panzieri Aldo Panzieri
Uploaded:7 Jan 2014 - 9:51 AM
Tags:Lexus, Specialist / abstract
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2014 - 9:55 AM

Wow....I am impressed by this image Aldo, world class

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briantjjones
7 Jan 2014 - 10:04 AM

Aldo Stunning image! I used to work ion the motor industry and this mono type of image works really well Smile
Brian J.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2014 - 12:26 PM

A brilliant abstract. I never would have guessed it to be an automobile.

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 9vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2014 - 4:49 PM

This ticks all my boxes. Why? I have no idea Smile

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kel55
kel55 e2 Member 2kel55 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2014 - 5:24 PM

Very good , great use of light as per normal , your seeing things most people wouldn't , that's probably the wine eh Wink

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
7 Jan 2014 - 5:26 PM

Love it when you give away your secrets for editing awesome pictures.
I use Picasa as well, I have Lightroom and haven't been able to pass through the indexing of my pictures' stage.
Feliz año nuevo amigo mío.
Un beso
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