Friday, June 27, 2008

'57 Imperial

'57 Imperial

This shot of a 1957 Chrysler Imperial was taken at the 2008 Eyes on Design car show held at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Mansion in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. The show itself is a fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. They had several cars in different age and style groups. I found this Chrysler Imperial to be particularly interesting. The color is typical '50s and the chrome on the car was beautiful. I really liked how the passenger side mirror combined with the antennae and shadow from the sun, created a nice abstract pattern of lines, shapes and colors.

As you can see from the image to the left, the original image lacked just a little bit of punch. Most of the processing was designed to bring out the color that I saw at the show and to emphasize the lines. Overall, processing on this shot was really quite minimal. I used Adobe Camera Raw to make some minor white balance adjustments along with enhancing the blacks just a bit. In Photoshop, I used a very simple curve to increase contrast. The chrome was reflecting a bit of the trees and grass so I added a HSL layer and desaturated the yellows and greens. This helped the chrome be more 'chromelike'. I also cropped the image just a bit to eliminate just a bit of the windshield wiper.

This shot was taken with an Olympus E-3 and a Digital Zuiko 14-54mm lens at f22. Zoom was at 29mm (58mm full frame equivalent). Shot at 1/80 at ISO 100.

Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome

This image is for sale at my Automobile Details gallery at ImageKind. I hope you check it out.

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