Posted on Jun.14, 2010, under Automobiles

Corvette Dashboard

(Nikon D700, 28-80mm at 68mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/125 sec @f/8.0)

One of my favorite subjects to shoot are classic automobiles. In the past I’ve focused on exterior details, but after a while you need a break from taking another fender shot. As a result, I’ve started spending some more time trying to get some interior shots to go along with the exterior shots. Interiors are harder because the lighting is generally bad, particularly for coupes and sedans. Also, most owners don’t let you climb in the car so you have to find a way to get your camera in a position which will take a nicely composed shot.

The image above is of a 1958 Corvette which was on display at the first ever “Cars R Stars” car show held at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, Michigan. I like this shot because of all the circles and curves. There is the curve of the steering wheel, the semi-circular speedometer, the circular gauges, etc. The lighting isn’t great, but you work with what you have when you shoot at an outdoor show.

Processing included some preliminary work in Lightroom where I brought up the blacks and brought down the exposure a bit. I then took the image into Photoshop where I used Topaz Simplify to smooth out some of the less attractive elements. I reduced the opacity of that layer and then painted on a layer mask over the numbers on the speedometer to keep them clear.

I’d be interested in hearing what you think. Feel free to leave comments on the image below.

Copyright © 2010 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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  • Bob Towery says:
    Wonderful. I think you and I have a pretty similar shooting style. I like to focus on parts of vehicles, accentuating nice design. You have really done that here, one of the nicest corvette dashes I have seen for sure.
  • James Howe says:
    Thanks for checking it out and for your comment. I enjoy the images you post on your blog as well and I do think we have similar shooting styles.
  • John Barclay says:
    You have a keen eye for detail and the ability to distill your images down to the essence of what you are seeing. I enjoy that you post before and after processing images. I’m a new fan. Good stuff here.


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