A dramatic head on view of a 2011 Shelby GT500

A dramatic head on view of a 2011 Shelby GT500
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tsambaproductions December 23, 2013
ZsoltPuskas December 23, 2013
Great shot!
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mailsmc December 24, 2013
I loved this shot when I first saw it on the LPTG 52 week challenge... Congrats on your finalist and good luck!
LoanaLMP December 26, 2013
Brutal!! Love it! Congratulations :)
ArtQ December 29, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award.
hotpixel January 26, 2014
Terrific edit !
julieklene April 26, 2014
no wonder you have awards for that picture! (and others!)
it's just an awesome shot! (again!)


Behind The Lens

This is a photo of my boss's car, I took it at the auto repair shop I've worked at for the last 15 years. Fortunately he left the car there over the weekend so I was able to go back and make this photo.
This was taken fairly early in the morning, not so much for the light as I knew I was going to be using HDR, but for the sake of convenience.
I didn't use any special lighting, relying solely on daylight through the open service bay door. I did turn the headlamps and fog-lights on for dramatic effect with the star bursts.
This was shot with a Canon 7D and a Promaster 17-50 f/2.8 lens. Camera was mounted on my Gitzo carbon fiber tripod with Acratech ball head and Really Right Stuff camera L plate. I also used a remote shutter release.
My boss is a hard core Mustang fan, and his Shelby GT500 is a bad-ass car. With his birthday coming up I wanted to create a one of a kind gift for him.
This a composite of 7 shots that after importing into Lightroom, where basic cropping, lens correction, and a few other adjustments were performed, all 7 images were then exported to Nik HDR Efex Pro 2. Once in HDR Efex after playing around a bit I finally settled on the "Sinister" preset which considering the cars vanity plate seemed appropriate and gave me the dramatic look I was after.
In my camera bag
I'm a diehard Canon guy, and in my bag you'll currently find a Canon 5D MkIII, 17-40 f/4L, 24-105 f/4L, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, as well as the 50 f/1.2L. Also in the bag is a selection of Singh Ray filters and a Lee Filters filter holder. Along with other odds and ends.
Find a cool car and a cool place to shoot it. Use a tripod to make sure the exposures line up properly, and when it comes to processing the final image have some fun. One of the few subjects where I find an obvious "HDR look" works is with cars.

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