Entries in HDR (101)
I had a chance to see the new C7 Corvette Stingray in person at the 2013 Cars & Couture event a few Fridays ago. As is often the case with cars at events, it was not ideally placed for photography from a background standpoint and also available light. Still, I wanted to get some shots of this brand new American sports car.
I believe all C7 coupes come with the ability to remove the roof panel for an almost throwback T-tops style. I thought it added a lot of visual flair.
When you convert a red car photograph to black & white it turns all white!
For many Corvette fans, going to squared taillights is heresy from the traditional round ones. Some even say they look too much like the Camaro's. Still, overall the rear of the C7 looks very agressive. If you have a new C7 and want it professionally photographed I would very much like a chance to properly photograph it in good light with a complementary background. Contact me for details.
For the second year in a row I was given a media pass (thanks Dona) to Cars & Couture 2013 at the Tampa International Jet Center. It is a charity event featuring supercars, models and private jets. This time there was only one car I had not seen before, the brand new C7 Corvette Stingray (I have more photos just featuring that Corvette coming).
The light was not as good as last year, especially inside the hangar, which meant it did not take long for me to shoot the event.
I did talk to a representative from ExecuJet and may soon be photographing their line of private jets. It would be a great opportunity to photograph a new subject matter. The jet center at sunset time provides a great backdrop too.
There was no formal Ferrari presence this year, just three total, and they were all the exact same model, the 458 Spider! That has long been my favorite car actually, but seeing three together almost made it seem common in my eyes! Subsequently, I am now all about the Lexus LFA!
Last week I went back to the Courtyard Marriott in downtown St. Petersburg Florida to finish making commercial photographs of the newly updated interior of the hotel. In 2011 I photographed both the exterior and interior of the hotel, followed later by a wedding model shoot. Courtyard have been very good clients and I am always glad to return their and work with Ryan and Kathy.
The newly updated bistro/cafe area looks great and photographed well. I used a combination of HDR and single exposure images. For the photo above with only a single major light source coming from behind camera, I felt HDR was not needed and achieved the results I wanted with a single long exposure.
To pull detail out in the corners of these eating areas that had an open window in each, I did use 5-exposures to make the HDR image image above. Overall I made less HDR images than I did when I first photographed the hotel two years ago as I am always trying to improve my shooting techniques and choose the best style for each particular shot.
This is what it would take for me to be able to travel internationally now, a private jet, as I would not travel anywhere without Kiki and commercial air travel is far too dangerous and risky for a dog. That is ok though, there is plenty of North America yet to be seen that can all easily be reached by car, which is my much preferred method of travel anyway. Still, there is no doubt a private jet has a certain allure. You can go anywhere in the world anytime on your own schedule. On the other hand, it would also seem to be the greatest negative impact an individual can make on the environment in a single act.
For some reason I got it into my head yesterday afternoon to finally edit this photograph of a yellow Ferrari F430 Spider that I had lingering for almost a year. I have posted other shots of this particular car actually, but this shot I guess I did not like as much. My motivation to edit it now was because I envisioned cutting it out of its original background and placing it on a half black half white digital background as seen in the above image.