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 matte black finish with splashes of real color from both the fathead engine and wheels. I thought the combination was tasty.

I’ve always liked the who Leica mystique and the impeccably produced cameras and own a Leica M6 TTL but no digital Leicas, at least not yet. I borrowed a Leica M8 from a friend to test the imposing and expensive ($6,644) 24mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH lens for a review I did for Shutterbug a while ago. Exposure was 1/125 sec at f/16 and ISO 320.

Image processing was done using Topaz Lab’s fabulous Texture Effects software. The Sloppy Boarders came from a old copy of On1’s Perfect Effects 9 (I think they’re up to version 10 now.) I think the borders suite the whole rat rod ethos, like the wrench used as a hood ornament.

If you like photographing cars, like I do, please visit my car website and blog—Joe Farace Shoots Cars—that every Tuesday and Thursday has new blogs posts about cars and taking pictures of cars. We also sponsor free informal PhotoWalks at cars show, in fact, there’s one is coming up this Saturday. See tomorrow’s blog for details.

Author: Joe Farace

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