Posted on Jul.01, 2011, under black and white

(Olympus E3, 50mm (2x crop factor), ISO 100, Exposure 1/4000 sec @ f/2.8)

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the cool things about the Gilmore Car Museum is their replica Shell gas station. They’ve done a nice job outfitting the building with vintage signage and contents (tools, oil cans, etc.) Just outside of the building is a rack of old tires. I liked the character of the old tires and tried to capture the feeling. I was using my Olympus E3 with the 50mm macro lens (equivalent to a 100mm full frame) which gave me a nice crisp shot of the tire. My only regret is that I should have closed the aperture down a bit more. I think part of the raised lettering is a bit out of focus and I think I would have preferred it to be as sharp as the cracks in the tire. Oh well, maybe next time.

The out of camera image is a bit flat so I tweaked the black settings and increased the clarity to increase the contrast and bring back the cracked character of the tire. I also felt that a square crop was more suited to the image than the 4/3 ratio of the original. A simple conversion to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2 completed the processing.

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