Piers Blackett  

Red vintage car by Piers Blackett

November 2023 - Red vintage car

November 2023 - Piers Blackett


November 2023 - Piers Blackett

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About the Image(s)

I found a car show while passing through a suburb called Bethany, an annual event. I was struck by a red vintage car next to an orange one.
Using a Canon R with an EF 24-70 f4L lens, the settings at 50mm were f/200, 1/250, ISO 800.
Topaz Denoise,
In post-processing I flipped the image and cropped down and added a 10 pixel white frame.
I used Topaz Adjust for the daylight setting then went to Photoshop CR for contrast+46, saturation +14, exposure -0.35, highlights -20, dehaze +13.
The black and white version was converted using Silver Effex Pro 3 for the Fine Art Process preset modified by reducing the midtones by 35%, enhancing whites (29%) and blacks (16%).

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Wow, I like what you have done with this car, enriching the color, as well as deepening the colors of the surrounding area that helps to blend everything. Since you have some of the orange car showing anyhow, is there a reason you chose to cut off the fender on the red one? I'm wanting to see all of the front. I like the monochrome version as well, with the added benefit of not so many distractions. But that red is beautiful!   Posted: 11/01/2023 17:02:05
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
While taking the photo I was not paying attention to the orange car but was impressed by the size of the engine and sense of power, and so tried to shoot from a low angle and crop accordingly. I get your point though.   Posted: 11/01/2023 20:20:08

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
This is a striking image, Piers. I like the colour version over the black and white version. The front of the car dominates the image and I like the way you have cropped it.
The colour red always seems to be evocative and makes this image stand out. You have done well in not getting any distracting reflections or burnt out spot on the chrome.
A second version of this image might include more of the orange vehicle as it adds to the story; this is a car collectors' rally and it is good to see two of the same model cars alongside each other. Maybe widen the image and include more of this second vehicle! I am in two minds as to which way to go.

  Posted: 11/04/2023 19:45:38

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Fantastic car image! I love your editing to deepen the red and eliminate most of the glare from the fenders without causing it to become that ugly gray. I like your crop and didn't notice that the fender had been cut-off because, to me, the focus is on that fabulous grill and headlights. I like the color version much more than the B&W as I came wander around all the details of the car. Great Image!   Posted: 11/05/2023 14:47:10

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
I love this image for quite a few reasons, but, first, I must tell you that this car is an AUBURN "Boat-Tailed Speedster" built in Auburn, Indiana in the mid-30's. The town of Auburn is very close to my hometown of Ft. Wayne, IN, so I am very familiar with it. Every year, the town holds the "Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg Festival" (they were all built there in the same factory) that includes a major classic car auction event. If you love classic cars, that's the place to be Labor Day weekend. I was just up there (at night) a few weeks ago with my camera and tripod, and captured a few images through the A/C/D Museum windows of these fine vehicles. I'll try to locate them to include in this rambling discussion.
The red of your image is stunning and captures the essence of these "Rolling works of art". Not sure why you flipped the image, but I was disappointed to see that you erased the term "Supercharged" from the side of the hood, since that term, alone, ads so much to the mystique of the power of these beauties. I also feel that you cropped too tight on both sides, (especially on what's now the LH side) the boat-tail feature of the rear end (slightly visible in the original) is part of the story of this vehicle. The people in the background could be cloned out with the new PS "Generative fill" feature and leave the characteristic fender on the vehicle.   Posted: 11/06/2023 14:27:48
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your interesting response. It proves to me that knowing your subject is an important part of photography! I stand corrected.   Posted: 11/06/2023 16:53:55
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Piers, Here is an image I took outside the Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg (ACD) Museum in Auburn , IN in late September. This museum space is the same facility that these vehicles were actually manufactured in back in the 1930's.
The orange vehicle pictured is not exactly the same make/model as the one in your image, but has similar qualities and allure. It is a wonderful museum.   Posted: 11/07/2023 10:37:48
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Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Amazing ! I like the long wheel-base.   Posted: 11/07/2023 20:52:52