Sunday, September 28, 2008

Pierce Arrow Interior

This is an interior shot of 1920 Pierce Arrow automobile. The car was part of the Pierce Arrow Club's annual car show held at the Gilmore Car Museum near Battle Creek, Michigan. What I find interesting about this shot is the look of the gauges, particularly the speedometer. Instead of using some sort of sweep hand, it rolls up like an odometer (and tops out at 75).

This image has actually had very little processing done to it. The shot was originally in a 4/3 aspect ratio but as I looked at the image I decided that I would prefer a square crop. I wanted the emphasis of the shot to be on the gauges and the full shot had some stuff below the steering wheel which dragged my eye down and out of the image. The main processing for the shot was done in Lightroom 2 with a tiny bit of post processing in Photoshop. Other than the crop, the main thing I did in Lightroom was to add a 'post crop' vignette of -21 with a feather of 62. The vignette tool gives a nice darkening around the edge which helps draw the eye into the image and the feather helps to smooth out the vignette so you don't really notice it that much. I didn't want the vignette to be a distraction on it's own.

This shot was taken with my Olympus E-3 and the Olympus Zuiko 70-300 lens. Exposure was 1/125 @ f/6.3 and I was zoomed to 96mm (2x crop factor)

Image and text Copyright © 2008 James W. Howe - All rights reserved.

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