Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tampa Auto Show

The Tampa Auto Show is in full swing at the Tampa Convention Center through Sunday. There are some beautiful Mercedes-Benz autos being shown including these that I photographed yesterday. There are both versions of the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG including the Gull Wing Coupe and a Roadster. Perhaps something for under your Christmas tree? Here are a few more...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vintage Car Photography

I thought that I would share a personal project that I am working on.  I recently toured the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana.  There are 120 vintage cars from the 30s and earlier displayed in like new condition. I photographed many of these spectacular automobiles.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of light from the windows and distracting ropes and signage, but not really cluttered backgrounds.  The first photo is the final product. The second image will give you an idea of what I had to work with. I would like your thoughts.  Image adjusted in Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop CC.  Olympus OMD-EM5.  Incidentally, I recommend a visit to the ACD Museum.  The staff is very friendly toward photographers and the guides are extremely knowledgeable.  And, of course the subject matter is breathtaking!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Colorado Fall Portraits

Hi.  I love this photo.  I was surprised that the fall color held on so long in Colorado.  This incredible mountain of yellow and gold leaves piled up in my daughter's front yard and gave me the opportunity to take this Fall photo of Heather and my granddaughter, Savannah.  I processed this in Lightroom.  I did basic adjustments in Raw then I used Lightroom's Adjustment Brush to create a layer over the girls.  I then brightened and sharpened them. Next I used Lightroom's Radial Tool and created a layer surrounding Heather and Savannah.  I then adjusted the brightness etc.  of the area surrounding my subject.  Finally I cropped the image, blurred some of the background in Photoshop and created a Yellow Stroke (frame} around the image.

I am printing an 8X10 in additon to a slew of X6 images.  I hope that you like it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Vintage British Car Show in Safety Harbor

Recently I spent a couple of hours at the annual British Car Show in Safety Harbor, FL  This is a show that I always try to attend, but unfortunately there is generally a conflict with an event with one of my own Mercedes-Benz car club events.  The car above is a 1957 Jaguar MK-7..a classic salon car.

(Above) A Morgan.  The show extends all of the way down Main Street...appproximately 8 city blocks of MGs, Jaguars, Sunbeams, Morris Minors and Morgans.  No Rolls Royces this year.  This is a show of elegant vehicles.

This is a rare Sunbeam. The Safety Harbor British Car Show displays a collection of cars that causes me to drool with envy.  More later...