Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix
Last year I missed the local “Rolling Sculpture Car Show” here in the Hill Country. The 2009 one was yesterday and I made sure to attend. After watching the Steelers football game, I made my way out to the show (only had about an hour to shoot). It is outdoors at our local mall…the Hill Country Galleria. Another first for me…shooting a car show! I figured I would have to dodge people and other cars all day. So I didn’t expect to get too many great shots. My goal was close ups of grill’s, logos, with an occasional full body shot, etc… I decided to only shoot HDR this day.
This Chevy was one of the first cars I shot…I assume it is a 1955…if anyone knows different and I will gladly change my header! Thanks! With cars and HDR…I figured color + chrome = a potential great shot! I took many shots and this turquoise Chevy had the perfect color and lots of chrome! The only problem with a car show is that the surroundings are not perfect. My solution for this photo…highlight the car and give the background a sepia tone. This way the HDR’d car stands out nicely and it takes any focus off the background or at least minimizes it. So this HDR is 5 exposures, cable release, tripod and post processed in Photomatix with touch up in Photoshop and Sepia added through Silver Efex Pro.
Not bad. What is great is that I met many of the car owners and plan to shoot their cars for them. Exciting for me! I will gladly take shots of their classic cars for them in trade for usage of the photos on my blog or website! One gentleman wants to make a calendar with my shots….great idea!!! Add car shows to the list of fun places to photograph! Hope you have a classic day!