Posted on Nov.17, 2008, under Automobiles, Michigan

(Olympus E-500, 14-54mm at 54mm (2x crop factor), ISO 400, exposure 1/45 sec @ f/8.0)

A couple of years ago I attended my first vintage car show. It was the Orphan Car Show held annually in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Each year the show features a handful of ‘orphan’ cars, cars whose maker or nameplate has been out of business for 7 years or more. In 2007, the Checker car company was one of the companies featured.

This shot is a tail shot of a classic Checker cab. I don’t know the specific year. When I first worked with this image I experimented with the Orton technique to soften the image a bit. Recently I was experimenting with some other filters and decided to try adding the cutout filter to the image as well. I like the way it came out. It has a ‘pop art’ feeling that I really like. It also masks the water spots on the chrome! I think this would look really cool in a very large size. Shown below is the way the image look straight out of the camera.

Comments and feedback welcome.

Image and text Copyright © 2007, 2008 James W. Howe – All rights reserved

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