Entries in HDR (93)
I went to a Corvette car show in South Straub Park this past Saturday mostly to meet the owner of the above customized Corvette. I first photographed his car back in November. He was not by his car at the time and only by chance found my photograph of it. Since then I have been in regular contact with the owner, Bobby, about possibly doing a full shoot of his Corvette. That still has not happened yet, but at least on Saturday I got a chance to go see him and say hello.
I have written several times that shooting cars at car shows often results in less than desirable images, if you want the focus to be on the car itself. This case was no different as the trees in the background compete for the viewer's eye just as much as the Corvette. The solution for a busy background? Replace it with a better one!
It was pretty straight forward to remove the Corvette from its background using the Quick Select Tool in Photoshop. I kept the grass foreground as seen above. I was careful to of course not select the inside of the window so that too could be part of the background replacement.
I went into my photo archives to look for a suitable replacement background. Using actual objects is rather hard to do as proportions can be very difficult to match (car looks giant, buildings look tiny, etc). A sky background is usually a good and easy replacement background subject. I used one I made of Sunset Beach on Treasure Island, Florida.
Then it is just a matter of slipping the sky background layer behind the Corvette layer in Photoshop. I positioned it taking into consideration cloud placement. I did not even need to cut out the sandy beach part because that is all hidden behind the Corvette. The above image is the final composite photograph which allows the viewer to focus on the Corvette as the subject.
After getting a composite image I liked, I experimented with even more Photoshop editing. I added a motion blur to the grass and a radial blur to the tires to create the illusion that the Corvette is speeding along on the grass. I darkened the window and put in a silhouette of my own head to show a driver inside to help complete the motion illusion. What do you think of the motion shot? Is it convincing or not quite there yet?
At a Corvette car show in South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg Florida I had the chance to photograph this rare 1963 split-window Corvette. The owner was not around at the time so I could not learn much about the car or what it is like to drive it. The only clean angle to photograph it was from this rear three-quarter panel view due to surrounding cars. In my mind this split-window Corvette is thinking get me the heck off this grass and onto that road in front of me!
I rushed home from a networking event to pick up Kiki and get our usual evening dog park time in before an imposing storm on the horizon passed by. Basically, as soon as we got to the dog park a deluge opened up. After even a huge live oak could not provide adequate shelter, we headed back home. Naturally, as soon as we parked the rain stopped and the sun was out.
So back on went Kiki's collar and leash as we headed out for a walk. That is when I saw this rainbow appear vividly over Smack's Bayou. Still we walked on and I let Kiki run around in a soccer field (see lower right corner of the above image for where we were earlier). I just hoped the rainbow would stay visible by the time we got back.
It did. So I mounted my Nikon onto my tripod quickly and was able to make the above photos. I could see a double rainbow with my eye, but getting it to come out in a photograph was not possible due to a number of factors. Still, I was glad that even though our usual plans got washed out, at least I was able to add another rainbow photo to my archives.
My favorite Lamborghini is the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera because of why and how it was made (super lightweight to be the best driver's car possible). At the Festivals of Speed Concours d'Elegance 2013 in St. Petersburg Florida I had the opportunity to photograph this orange Superleggera. As is often the case with shooting at car shows, the background was less than ideal.
I had this in mind when looking for the best angle to photograph the Lamborghini. I knew the background did not matter, I would edit it out. What I looked for was minimal reflections in the car body. To my surprise there were almost none the entire length of the driver's side, hence I setup my tripod to shoot it from this angle. Choosing a black background also hid any imperfections in carrying over the shadow under the car.
At the Festivals of Speed 2013 car event in St. Petersburg, Florida, there was no shortage of cars getting a lot of attention. However, a chrome Nissan GT-R was getting more than most. Anytime you chrome out a car, it is going to be eye catching. Whether such a finish to a car is to your taste or not, you cannot help but stare at it. Since this GT-R was surrounded by people, I had to do a lot of editing in Photoshop and other apps to get a final result I liked. Below I show the process.
I chose to completely replace the sky because that was much, much easier to do than to edit out the people and trees in the existing background. This way I only had to select the car and foreground and then place that on a new layer and slip in behind it a blue sky I had in my archives. The choice to go infrared was because of how black it made the sky, and in contrast how shiny the car looked in comparison. Editing out the reflections in the car was just a tedious process that needed to be done to complete the look.