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Stills and digital artwork


Color or black and white? I could not decide, so I will be posting both of them. There was just too much debris (late model cars and parts) around this old classic. My apologies for the digital blanket around the gem (I am NOT a photoshop artist), I hope it is not too distracting from my classy subject!

Location: Rural South Carolina
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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9 responses

  1. Photecstasy

    Stan, I’m going to say color over the b&w on this one. There are other ways to cover up some of the stuff you want covered up (ie: debris) rather than using the blanket… Maybe using some of the green in the grass (which is reflected in the bumper) using the color picker to color in a new layer surrounding the vehicle. I think a solid color might work better than the blanket. Just use a soft-edged brush, and keep brushing over the layer (make sure you use a mask) until you get the look you want around the vehicle. If you want some ideas, look up “dodge and burn” in Photoshop on youtube. That might help you get started. πŸ™‚

    May 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    • awesome input, thank you! I am truly a putz at photoshop! Luckily, I will be taking to classes on the subject starting next month and for now, I will definitely check out your suggestions. I know there are much better ways to clear and/ or replace “stuff”, so I guess I am gonna need to learn to do that kinda work, it would be far better than just leaving all that distraction in place! Thanks so much!

      May 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      • Photecstasy

        I’ve been taking photoshop & design classes since 2008… and only now am I finally feeling like I have somewhat of a grasp with what I can do with that software… and yet I still have sooooo much to learn. I hate to give critiques, but I only mentioned a suggestion since you had said something about your wrap in your post. I’m finally to the point where I can cut part of an image from one photograph, and use that to replace something I don’t like in another image. I did that today and thought, OMG, check me out! Like I said, it’s been a long 4 years getting to this point. I just bought Lightroom 4, and am thinking “What was I thinking?” Completely clueless… especially when I wind up going into Photoshop after the fact anyway. I got talked into it by other “pro” photographers, and I’m not really excited about it… probably because I don’t know how to use it. Your work is amazing. I always enjoy seeing what you’ve been up to! πŸ™‚

        May 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  2. Photecstasy

    p.s. Or take the grass from this image: http://www.stanshillingburg.com/Photography/Stills-and-digital-artwork/21118834_JL5CDp#!i=1840834211&k=rc8TNZz and clip it to the blanket you used for this photo… I say that like it’s so easy, but if you haven’t played in Photoshop a lot, I know it’s probably not as easy if you haven’t been in there a lot. Your vehicle is to die for gorgeous, though! I love it!

    May 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    • Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed! And your visits are appreciated as well, Lightroom 4 and photoshop, and aperture, and on, and on..are all just tools for the artist. The Camera…is the one thing that captures it all. That being said, the right combination of tools working to bring out the beauty of what we see, feel, smell, taste, and even to bring out the emotion, passion, and the drama of the moment….is what makes and artist, a true artist. Now if I can only learn to use the tools of the trade! lololol!! Happy shooting, and hurry back soon!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      • Photecstasy

        I agree… SOOC is always best. You can’t do anything with the image if it’s not good straight out of the camera. I enjoy our common bond & love of photography. It brings peace to my soul. I love how happy I feel when shooting behind the lens, or creating afterwards. I still love your monkey picture! I need to go back and do some processing of older shots I’ve taken & play with them. πŸ™‚ See you soon…

        May 15, 2012 at 1:19 am

  3. I like this, Stan. Normally I don’t like overprocessed images but the processing you have used works with the image not against it.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • Many thanks Chris! I am not a big fan of over processing either, I feel I used enough to bring out the texture and the colors of this classic. My biggest challenge was trying to decide if I wanted to remove all of those late model distractions (and they were very numerous), this image realy lost it’s appeal when the pick up truck, the honda, and the plactic parts on a tarp were visible. Thanks for your input and the reminder to be very careful about how much processing we allow to our photography!

      May 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

      • Thanks Stan, it’s like most things when used to improve an already good image and used well and sparingly then post is a great assett. But when overdone to detract from or try to correct a poor image well, it will look like a poor image thats been over processed.

        May 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

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