street rod

1940 Ford Coupe Street Rod

1940 Ford Coupe Street Rod

Popular among hot-rodders and collectors, the 1940 Ford Coupe remains an automotive machine of beauty, no matter how it's been customized. The sleek lines of yesteryear combined with the muscle car engines that generate power in the 400 hp range make these cars super-awesome. 

Orange 1955 Chevy

I cannot thank my friends enough for the good wishes and concern expressed during Hurricane Sandy, and yes, that means you! Through much wind and rain, we never lost power or as much as a shingle from our residence. We were blessed to have rode through the storm so well and I have no doubt that your thoughts and prayers played a part. Thank you!

Others were not as fortunate and we should keep them in our hearts and prayers. We can all help with a small donation to the American Red Cross.

UPDATE:This is a 1955 Chevy, which I misidentified in the initial write-up. A correction to the title and post text has been made. The permalink has been left intact to avoid breaking previously distributed links. My apologies for the error.

Today I am finally posting an image I have looked at numerous times, deciding that there was something that gave me pause about it. Most of us have been there, going back and forth in an attempt to rate an image worthy of showing. Well today is the day, for better or worse...

Orange 1957 Chevy
Orange 1957 Chevy

The 1955 Chevy, to this day, remains a much sort after and highly popular automobile. They carry a certain nostalgia factor, not to mention the fact that they look and sound great.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Blue Street Rod

Blue Street Rod
Blue Street Rod

On a recent drive I came upon a car show in Shrewsbury Pennsylvania at the local Dutch Market. There was a variety of classic cars, trucks and street rods, but with few real stand outs. Nonetheless, I found quite a few vehicles to photograph. One car that I thought was an eye-catcher is the blue street rod shown below.

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This blue street rod was very nicely customized. It's too bad I was unable to get any clear shots of the interior and engine compartment.

One of the challenges with outdoor shows like this is one's ability to get a clear shot of any particular vehicle. There is often not much you can do about it. After all, it is a family outing so you must shoot between the foot traffic, but even the spacing of the vehicles on display is problematic with reflections from neighboring vehicles (red on rear chrome bumper) and other items encroaching into your frame.

Having said all of that, I still love to attend these events and take on the challenges at hand. ;-)

Processing

Sharpening Settings - Blue Street Rod
Sharpening Settings - Blue Street Rod

Using the camera's burst mode, I was still able to rattle off a few hand-held brackets for HDR processing which were run through Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. Great software package, by the way. Afterward I cleaned things up in Photoshop and added a dash of Topaz Simplify 4 on the entire image, then remove the treatment from everywhere except the paint job. The result was exactly what I wanted as it eliminated the many reflections of people and other surrounding items initially seen in the extremely shiny paint. The trunk area in particular showed a crowd of folks standing around.

In finalizing the image some sharpening was added, as shown above,  and masked away in areas where it was not needed.

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