We’ve just had a week away on the Costa del Sol, and yes we did see some Sol. There may be a few photos to prove it soon.
In the meantime, here are a couple of attempts to photograph a rather smart car.
I attended a Yeo Photo Group meeting a couple of days ago. The idea was to find out how to take decent photos of cars. The event was very well attended, with a BMW Z4 taking the star role. The high attendance meant that there were a lot of cars parked around the subject, and a lot of tripods and photogs as well. For me, this immediately presented the problem, with a well polished car as subject, of reflections. As usual, except when I am intentionally looking for reflections, I often don’t notice them until inspecting the images on the computer. Even so, there was a ‘horseshoe’ of cars parked around the BMW and I don’t know how I could have avoided the reflections without shooting from a very much higher or lower position, particularly bearing in mind the multitude of contours of the car body.
Here are a couple of attempts that I made. The first colour shot has had a little tweaking in Lightroom 4 after the initial RAW conversion was done in DxO pro. I used DxO Pro for this as it generally does a better job of noise reduction than Lightroom. On this colour image I have tried to remove some of the unwanted reflections of the other cars using the clone tool in PSE 9, although I think an expert could have done better. The Lightroom adjustments were of shadows and clarity, plus a graduated filter to boost the clouds a bit.
Now that I have recognised this problem of reflections, I will have to go back again with our own rather more humble car to take some shots where the only reflections are of the sky and the trees. Hopefully I will do that soon.