Posted on Sep.19, 2011, under Automobiles

(Nikon D-700, 28-300mm at 180mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/2000th sec @ f/5.6)

I’m slowly going back over some images that I shot over the summer to find ones that I either overlooked or never got a chance to work with. This image comes from the 2011 Concours d’Elegance of America show held at St. John’s near Plymouth, Michigan. The car is a 1957 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon. What caught my eye when I saw it was the interesting “Mint Green and Dover White” color scheme and interesting styling. As I was processing the image, the thought crossed my mind that the image sort of looks like the Eye of Horus with the exhaust ports being the eyebrow and the tire being the eye.

For processing I did two main things. The first was to correct some of the lens vignetting created by the 28-300mm lens. As convenient as this lens is with it’s wide focal range, it does exhibit vignetting and several focal lengths. Fortunately this was pretty easy to correct using the lens correction feature of Lightroom. The other thing I did was to use the Topaz Detail filter on ‘Abstraction’ to smooth out the image. This eliminated some reflections that I didn’t care for and made the image more about the lines and curves of the shot. I did mask over the effect on the faux exhaust ports and the tire.

Comments and feedback always appreciated!

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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