Saturday, September 29, 2007

1956 Chevrolet Nomad

Whenever I go to a car show I scan the parking lot for nice cars that is not in the show. Here is an example of one I found at a car show and swap meet in Tucson.
Canon EOS DIGITAL 1/400Sec F13 Compensation -1 200Lens 28-300mm
Focal Length 70.0 mm
Image size 3072 x 2048

Monday, September 24, 2007


Here is the first photo I did in the two tone style. When I photoshopped this print it took approx. 2.5 hours, now it only takes 45 minutes.
I belong to the Southern Arizona Mustang Club and this was the first car show I attended with the club.
The outcome was crude but this one got the ball rolling, now at car shows I'm always looking for that special shot.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Beach Cruiser?

At one of the bi-monthly car shows at a local eatery is where this was taken. To cleanup the photo I used photoshop and removed as much of the background as possible to make it appear like it was at the beach, not in the Arizona desert.

The camera setting: Camera Model Name CYBERSHOT

Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/725Sec.

Av(Aperture Value) F3.4Metering Modes

CenterExposure Compensation -7/10 ISO Speed 100

The clone and eraser tool were used along with a B&W conversion.

Remember to use layers to change any photo, I didn't and never did have the original shot to keep as a negative for future us.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mercury Lead Sled

With this shoot I did have the owner move it onto a wet spot so the reflection from the sun would highlight the side of the car. The color of the car was a two tone bugandy and was perfect.

Again the color print is awsome when enlarged.

Hot Rod

Here is a hot rod that was driving into a show, I snapped this while they were waiting at a stop sign. The black and white worked well at this angle.

I spend my time walking car shows and imagine what the final product will look like in the black & white version.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Light Reflector

Here is another shot where available light was reflected utilizing cardboard and aluminum foil. I explain to the client why I use the cardboard and demonstrate the creativity of reflectiveness. They respond with “Wow” and are willing to put up with the bright light.
I don’t have a studio inside or out. What I do is find nice landscaping in housing subdivision or a park the neighbors come out and watch which is a great time to hand-out business cards.
Camera Model Name
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
Focal Length
18.2 mm
Image size
2400 x 3000

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mustang Eleanor

I’ve been asked to show the original photo of the Eleanor mustang in the black and white. Photoshop solarization filter was used to create the look. The hardest part is eliminating the specular highlights which show up as black dots on the print. I print the black & white on metallic paper at Mpix online.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Halloween Costume

This shot was made with a point and shoot digital camera and a 36" x 36" cardboard covered in aluminum. I was asked by some party goers to take their photos. This worked out good; I did not have an assistant so all of them took turns holding the home-made reflector, and this kept them occupied until their turn.

Midday lighting was a problem, here are the settings:

ISO 100


F/S 8.0


Camera ….Sony Cybershot

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Too Hot

I found this photo in my archives, back in the day of film I shot this with 1600 asa film which gave me the grainy effect. This firefighting operation was for some airport firefighters, they are required to have a live fossil fuel fire each year. The problem with this type of operation is it is not allowed in any location, so they had to travel to Yuma Arizona from Tucson and back the same day. This made for a long trip.

One Last Look

This lovely bride was taking one final look into the mirror moments before the wedding ceremony. With this shot I pointed the flash over my left shoulder and bounced the light off the ceiling as you will notice in the mirror.
Tv 1/30 Sec
Av F3.5
ISO 200

One Flower

As you may have already figured out, Photoshop is my favorite tool besides the camera itself.
The photo is of a bloom that only opens at night on a cactus in my back yard, the Pollination of theses plants are done by bats at night which is why they bloom in the dark.
I will post some of the settings when possible.
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed

Eleanor Mustang Black &White

A friend of mine purchased a stock GT mustang with the intentions of creating his own Eleanor!
With the help of Cervini body kits and the guys at Homes Tuttle Ford this has become a instant show winner.