I will be there, but not driving this Chevy
EHW Photography will be at Caffeine and Octane tomorrow morning from 7A-11AM at 12600 Deerfield Parkway, Alpharetta, Georgia. I’ll be selling photos, and hopefully capturing a few new ones to share! Over 600 people and their autos usually attend. So if you want to see classics, hotrods, and modern special editions come on down!
A little memory of childhood fun
Walking through Old Car City an International Harvester pickup sat thinking of glorious days long past…and I thought of shifting my first gears at the age of 7 or so…
See we once had a 1970 Scout, made by IH. It was the fancy model with dual gas tanks and a four speed manual transmssion. It ran on anything according to my Dad. It was pretty smooth going to school down Poverty Lane (yes there is such a road in West Lebanon, N.H.) It was so smooth in fact that my Dad could drink his coffee in an open cup while changing gears!
I know you are now asking how do you drink coffee nicely when you are driving a stick shift? Well that is of course easy when you deploy your optional automatic child transmission to shift on command. I think my Dad was WAY ahead of his time. I mean this transmission was voice activated! “Second! Third! Fourth!…slowing down now Four, Three, Two…….stop…First!” Google car eat your heart out!
I was the proudest second grader on the planet when I got to school. Not only was my Dad the ONLY Army officer in the state, the only one to understand how to build a Army standard bunker…but I was the ONLY child shifting gears of an automobile!
P.S. As for the image this is my first image in the Fall Collection. After reading the HDR Book by RC (www.aboutRC.com) I went back to work on several older photos. Using new ideas, tools and skills many images found themselves re-invented…and much improved. That is the beauty of digital and art…it can grow with you if you challenge yourself from time to time to not live on your laurels. This will be available for purchase on 12×12 metallic floating mount for $115 by the end of the week. Larger sizes available on request…I promise you will not be disappointed..Why later? I am awaiting the proof copy right now to make sure it is just the way I want it!
No Blues Here
While at Old Car City a two weeks ago I had some fun with hubcaps! Yes those fancy things on your wheels! As with all chrome and HDR I found the hardest two challenges to be removing the HDR blues and keeping myself out of the reflections. I have a lot to learn in both areas, as with everything else experience and review will help me get better in the future.
Now many of you are proficient in Photoshop so removing this blue tint from chrome is not too hard if you know the six mask, layer, etc tricks available in that venerable program.
I on the other hand do not “know” photoshop. I can still get the blue out pretty easily though using two other tools I have on hand OnOne Perfect Effects or Nik ColorEfex.
To get rid of the tint Perfect Effects simply go to the color masks and select Purify Highlights, and then on a second layer select Purify Shadows. Move the sliders left and right to get the effect you want. Don’t want it on the whole photo? Select brush in and apply like you would in Photoshop.
In Nik ColorEfex simply select the White Neutralizer, go into the additional modes and select wedding dress. Move the sliders to suite. Done….
I use these not as stand alone options, but as round trips to and from Aperture. You can do the same thing in Lightroom.
Ok that is the tip of the day.
Up in Old Car City I enjoyed a trip down memory lane, and I found myself wanting to shoot photos of my grandfather’s cars. One grandfather (my DjaDja) had a Cadillac. My other grandfather (my Pappap) like Plymouths. After previously finding the Caddies, I went searching for a few Plymouths.
This hood ornament was on a Plymouth, and it is one I never remember seeing in the 1970’s. It was long gone before I could remember them. I thought the ornament was stunning, and it gave the appearance of crystal inside the chrome still perfectly smooth to the naked eye. This Puritan soldier from Plymouth still looks fierce and ready lead people to the new world!
When I took my class with Bill Fortney, Jim Begley and RC Conception both discussed ways to purify the HDR Chrome in Photoshop. For whatever reason, HDR turns a lot of chrome blue. So the way you deal with it is to brush away the blue and doing a mask operation. Now first I don’t own photoshop, and if I did I’ve never been able to understand the language of Photoshop. So I turned to my OnOne Perfect Suite 8 and its filters. I found with a quick application of Purify Highlights, either by brush in or whole photo, I got pretty much the same effect as six actions in Photoshop.
Cheating? Yep. At least to the Photoshop experts out there. Perfect? Probably not. Can I live with it? You betcha! In the end it just goes to show you there are a lot of good tools out there, just find the one you can understand and exploit the best!
P.S. Fujifilm X-E1 with 60mm macro.