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Laguna Convenierce store

By Aldo Panzieri
I'm pleased that so many of my friends on E-zine like my car shots. I was lucky enough to be an assistant for most of the great car photographers when I was less ancient than I am now. It all has to do with the quality of the light. Mickey McGuire and Gill Smith were artists with chrome and glass. They both started shooting cars in the early fifties and sixties. Back then, Cars were photographed on a movie sound stage with hard edged movie lights. The models were dressed in formal wear, and the car had hundred of reflections of all of the lights. Each shot took at least a week of retouching to be useable. The final art work was a huge die transfer print. A print made in what might be the most difficult photographic process ever invented. There were a very small group of lab technicians who were masters of the process, and they commanded huge salaries.
That is all gone now. Car shoots run for anywhere from a day to three weeks of twenty two hour days. There are less than a hundred car photographers in the world who are first level shooters. The pressure is so intense that every year or two there is a suicide, which is why I don't let myself get too interested in car photography. This car was parked at a 7-11 store, a chain of convenience store that is as ever present in the colonies as Starbucks. I spotted the sun light bouncing off a white wall giving the car a studio look. The car was white, but I changed that. There was no diffusion, or gimmicks, just a few dirt spots to be removed. I used Picasa 3 to make the colors more intense, and more saturated. Not bad for a free program. I long ago retired my copy of Photoshop. I'm too old, and too ornery for programs that take me hours to do what P3 can do in a few seconds.

Tags: Digital art Laguna car

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