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Posted By: Workingdog, 06-06-2011, 04:55 PM

Cars shows are difficult. Cars close together, distracting backgrounds, reflections, lighting are all challenges. This 1958 Chevy Impala, owned by a business associate was my favorite subject. Photographed under different lighting conditions as the afternoon progressed. Postprocessing attempts to mitigate some of the above challenges with cropping, blurring, darkening, brightening. I welcome your opinions and comments.
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Beautiful, and very well done, photos. Love photos of these vintage cars. My Father owned one of these when I was 14 y/o. I was the envy of just about every kid in school.

The down side was that he traded a '55 2D HT, Red and white, for the '58.
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Nice shiny captures of this old classic.
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Terrific job. Car shows are tough, and you've managed the situtation very well.

Also, the car appears to be in excellent shape.

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Great job... there is a classic car show here in a couple of weeks... your shots have given me some inspiration...

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always loved the 58 impala.... my dad had one... just a wee bit too young to remember it... same color though.... the rear styling, especially the vents above the rear window was really cool....
fine series of a real beauty.... dave m
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Beautiful pix of that 58 Impala....what post process did you do .....
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Nice series. Does polarizers helps in such shots?

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@ Les - I used Paint Shop Pro more or less like this:
- Topaz Denoise
- clone out unwanted stuff like lamp posts, person's leg, etc.
- duplicate layer
- darken the base layer and/or add some gaussian blur to de-emphasize the background
- boost and sharpen the top layer to make the car pop
- erase background from top layer to expose the darkened/blurred layer underneath
- flatten

A lot of trial and error with the settings to get the final look I want.

@ yusuf - No polarizing filters were used here.
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Beautiful shots of my favorite Chevy model year! Fantastic!!!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Workingdog Quote
@ Les - I used Paint Shop Pro more or less like this:
- Topaz Denoise
- clone out unwanted stuff like lamp posts, person's leg, etc.
- duplicate layer
- darken the base layer and/or add some gaussian blur to de-emphasize the background
- boost and sharpen the top layer to make the car pop
- erase background from top layer to expose the darkened/blurred layer underneath
- flatten

A lot of trial and error with the settings to get the final look I want.

@ yusuf - No polarizing filters were used here.
I use Paint Shop Pro, but I've never been able to do anything like this. You'll have to teach me how to master it.
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