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May 28, 2014 17:26 |  #1

Been a while since I actually posted. I hope I can contribute something worthwhile.

Last fall I was asked by a "friend of a friend" if I could shoot some pictures of his car. It was "some sort of hotrod or something". With that thorough preparation out of the way I packed some gear into my car and set out to do someone a favour on a frigid fall afternoon.

My jaw dropped when I walked up to this thing. I've shot a few nice cars, but nothing like this. The paint on this is of such a quality that looking down into it, and seeing a perfect reflection of the sky gave me vertigo.
I was so terrified of getting close that I shot everything long, with my flash stands more than twice as far away as I usually do. Which, obviously made me kick myself in post.

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May 28, 2014 20:11 |  #2

I normally don't like a dechromed car, but this one's an exception. That's an exceptional looking 55.

Typically I also am not too fond of straight on side shots, but all the side shots show just how straight the body panels are. Photographically I think I like the first shot best, but the other side views are hard to discount due to the beauty of the car.

Thanks for sharing.




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May 28, 2014 20:29 |  #3

Thanks for the complements!

This is BY FAR the hardest I have shot so far. This thing is so unbelievably reflective, and the paint sucks the light in like a black hole!

I made the owner promise that I can can spend a bit more time with it. I wasn't allowed to shoot the engine bay, interior or underside of the car. All of those are fully detailed. The bottom and bay are fully chromed and painted as well. Boggles the mind.


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May 28, 2014 20:58 |  #4

You did a great job with these but the blotchy light on the pavement can be fixed easily in Lightroom or some other program.


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May 28, 2014 23:32 |  #5

...I might go back in and clone the half shadows out if I have a lost hour somewhere. I'll admit that these are fairly quick edits.


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May 29, 2014 07:51 |  #6

Nice '55!

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This is BY FAR the hardest I have shot so far. This thing is so unbelievably reflective, and the paint sucks the light in like a black hole!

I made the owner promise that I can can spend a bit more time with it.

Make the mirror surface work for you, & when you reshoot, try some in later light. This was shot at a show in a parking lot: http://img.photobucket​.com ...f/55_Chevy_L_CLEAN_​21.jpgexternal link


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May 29, 2014 10:15 |  #7

Decent set of tires on that one.


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May 29, 2014 18:21 |  #8

Very nice photos of a VERY NICE car but I'd prefer to see all of them in their correct orientation rather than tilted.


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May 30, 2014 09:34 |  #9

For that reason I have posted both in my gallery. My personal preference is having the car chase the vanishing points.


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May 30, 2014 11:23 |  #10

cicopo wrote in post #16939017external link
Very nice photos of a VERY NICE car but I'd prefer to see all of them in their correct orientation rather than tilted.

I'd have to agree completely.


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Jun 01, 2014 22:58 |  #11

I shall oblige.

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Jun 02, 2014 06:48 |  #12

EXCELLENT. My eyes now enjoy the car in a natural pose.


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Jun 02, 2014 07:16 |  #13

The car is what they call a restomod and this one appears to be very well done. All that might be
left of the original car is the body with the rest of the car updated with modern features. Just saw a
1963 Corvette split window restomod go for over $300,000 but it was done well. Do this to the wrong
model and you can really take a bath.

Most importantly I forgot to say great photos.




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Jun 02, 2014 11:07 |  #14

Yeah, this car only slightly resembles a '55 on the outside. It's on a full Corvette coil-over suspension, complete with the Brembo upgrades etc etc. The interior is completely shaved as well. Not a single switch in sight. All are tucked in a cubby hole and under the dash.
It received some TLC from the gentlemen at Boyd Coddington.

I hope to be able to post updates soon with shots of the cleaned up bay and interior.


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Jun 02, 2014 11:37 |  #15

Thanks for posting these, both interesting subject and good photos.




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