Wordy Wednesday #233: “Old Truck on the Plains”
Oct26

Wordy Wednesday #233: “Old Truck on the Plains”

A barn find is a classic car or motorcycle that has been discovered, often in derelict condition. The term comes from their tendency to be found in places such as barns and outbuildings where they have been stored for many years. Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 10-22mm lens and an exposure of 1/320 sec at f/11 and ISO 400. Tweaked in Google’s free Vivenza software. Tomorrow on my automobile photography website/blog,...

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White Balance Concepts
Oct11

White Balance Concepts

Most of us think about daylight as the “proper time” for making photographic exposures with photo ops at night or later in the day are often overlooked. They shouldn’t be, but even all colors of daylight are not the same. You’ve often heard me say “Light is light” but it’s not always the same color. The color temperature emitted by various light sources is measured in degrees on the Kelvin scale. The sun on a clear day at noon is 5500...

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Wordy Wednesday #228 “Black & White and Read All Over II”
Sep21

Wordy Wednesday #228 “Black & White and Read All Over II”

The Plymouth Prowler, later the Chrysler Prowler like this car, is a retro-styled production car that was manufactured in 1997 and 1999-2002 by (the then) DaimlerChrysler. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart form these styles yet wonderfully stylish and ultimately slow with performance that don’t live up to what the looks promise. Nevertheless, I still love’em. Image shot with Olympus E-M10 Mark I with Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4...

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Wordy Wednesday #222 “The Fiat 850 Sedan”
Aug10

Wordy Wednesday #222 “The Fiat 850 Sedan”

The Fiat 850 was a small rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car manufactured from 1964 to 1973. In addition to the sedan featured in the photograph, it was a family of cars that shared core technical components: Fiat 850 Special, a “sport sedan” version of the 850 sedan, launched in 1968 with a 47 hp engine. Fiat 850 Familiare had space for seven passengers in three rows. Think of it as a mini minivan. Fiat 850 Coupé was introduced...

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Wordy Wednesday #220 “Portrait of a Kei Car”
Jul27

Wordy Wednesday #220 “Portrait of a Kei Car”

One of the joys of the Tokyo Motor Show, at least for us Americans, is that we get to see cars from around the world that are not imported into the USA. In addition to French cars, which have not been sold in the USA since the 1991 Peugeot 405— Columbo drove a Peugeot 403—you also get to see Asian cars that never make it here, such as the class of automobile know as kei cars. The above image was made at the show and while I don’t...

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Applying Noise Reduction With Layers
Jun28

Applying Noise Reduction With Layers

No noise reductions software that I’ve tried so far is perfect and while you may try by working through the many options, choices, and sliders the software offers, you may never achieve digital noise nirvana. More often than not, you will obtain an image that is too smooth. When that happens to me, here’s how I fix it using Adobe Photoshop. First Undo the noise reduction power tool you just applied and create a duplicate layer...

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Wordy Wednesday #213 “Automotive Humor”
Jun08

Wordy Wednesday #213 “Automotive Humor”

If you visit my car photography site, you know that I’m an Anglophile. And while I’m currently driving a German car my previous two vehicles were British. And for a long, long time I was in love with the classic MG TC. The closest I came to buying an MG was when I approached a collector who owned three TC’s: One was a 100-point Concours car in British Racing Green and the other two were the ivory-colored so-called “Old English...

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