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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Wordy Wednesday #204 “Rat Rod by Leica”
Apr06

Wordy Wednesday #204 “Rat Rod by Leica”

  Today’s post combines two of my favorite things: Photographs of cars and Leicas. While I am not the connoisseur of rat rods that my friend Mark Toal is—bounce on over to Mirrorless Photo Tips when you have a chance and search for “rat rod”—I like this one for lots of reasons. The foremost reason is that unlike the typical rat rod whose color schemes seem to mainly be composed of flat back and rust, this one had a very smooth...

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Wordy Wednesday #202 “Junkyard Art”
Mar23

Wordy Wednesday #202 “Junkyard Art”

In a different, less politically correct world you might call this junkyard art but even junkyards themselves these days prefer to think of themselves as recycling centers. Then there is the whole concept of shooting in junkyards, long an established trope in photography schools. Nope, can’t do it anymore. Conscious of their image, most junkyards won’t even let you dig around for parts (although some will) and if you ask for...

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Wordy Wednesday #193 “Is It Car Show Season Yet?”
Jan20

Wordy Wednesday #193 “Is It Car Show Season Yet?”

The long answer to that question is no and yes. The big summertime car shows are still  far away, especially as I look out the window of my office and watch snow falling on Daisy Hill today. But every second Saturday of the month, The Vehicle Vault in Parker, Colorado sponsors Cars & Coffee and while last winter we were blessed with wonderful weather for these events, this winter the weather has not been as kind. Yet I remain...

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