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#588483 - 07/18/08 12:54 AM STICKY: Monte Carlo Photography Thread  
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Since I've been taking pictures of my SS twice a week or more lately and want to be able to share them with you guys, I figured I'd make a dedicated Monte Carlo photography thread. So I'll start out by posting some of the best that I've taken of my SS and hopefully you guys will follow with your best! If this actually works I think it'll be kinda cool to see the different locations that everyone shoots their cars across the continent.























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#588486 - 07/18/08 12:56 AM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: rmodys]  
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Oh, and some B&W:





and a different focus than the other flower picture:



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#588493 - 07/18/08 01:06 AM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: rmodys]  
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nice pics

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The Hanger shot is killer. Thanks for sharing.



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I like the menacing clouds pic.


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#588524 - 07/18/08 02:15 AM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: 86ttop]  
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Love that first pic - first time I've seen you post that one Robert smile Any special lens on in that one?


Here's a few of mine from a couple years ago now (need to take more now that I upgraded a bit from that old 2mp camera):


(this is the one that Brad from Sherman parts contacted me about using on their catalog)








These are old, but I love the sky in the background:







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#588531 - 07/18/08 02:30 AM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: 85_SS]  
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Glad to see you posted your's! I really like the reflection in the warehouse shot. Great angle!

And for the first picture, I used a Sigma 10-20MM and it was taken about seven inches away from the front of the car. It's a pretty great lense.

But most of my pictures have a lot of cloning in the skies to get rid of crappy backgrounds. The first ones were taken behind Sun Splash, a local family waterpark. In the originals you can see this giant green waterslide off to the right, it'd be pretty funny to keep them as they were. And the "angry clouds" picture had a big car wash and shopping complex in the background. Photoshop is a great tool! Haha


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#588544 - 07/18/08 02:47 AM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: rmodys]  
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Originally Posted By: rmodys
Glad to see you posted your's! I really like the reflection in the warehouse shot. Great angle!

And for the first picture, I used a Sigma 10-20MM and it was taken about seven inches away from the front of the car. It's a pretty great lense.


Thanks smile I kick myself though... could have made that picture work so much better by repositioning the car (to get the whole car in the reflection) and front wheels (to face the camera)...

And WOW! 7 inches in front of the car and you get a pic like that?? I obviously don't have much photography knowledge, but it's damn cool what different lenses can do! It's my new desktop image BTW beer


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#588547 - 07/18/08 02:50 AM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: 85_SS]  
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Glad to see you posted your's! I really like the reflection in the warehouse shot. Great angle!

And for the first picture, I used a Sigma 10-20MM and it was taken about seven inches away from the front of the car. It's a pretty great lense.


Thanks smile I kick myself though... could have made that picture work so much better by repositioning the car (to get the whole car in the reflection) and front wheels (to face the camera)...

And WOW! 7 inches in front of the car and you get a pic like that?? I obviously don't have much photography knowledge, but it's damn cool what different lenses can do!
Well the picture you came out with still works great!

And yeah, it's a really awesome lense! It can make the most boring settings seem awesome.


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RMoody you have a real talent taking those pictures.

I love the cloud picture.


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Yikes, dial-up warning on this post. smile

Heres the best I've done so far:



















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Side profiles on that car turn out great, especially next to those dull backgrounds!


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Wow...cool thread idea, rmodys!

Some awesome shots, indeed.

I'm afraid my photos aren't as good....but a fav (I'll post more later, perhaps...including some detail shots):
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Heck, I like Jeremy's sig pic...

That must have been last year before you lowered it and changed out the wheels and tires though...

I had several requests for a few action shots of my car after posting the stills yesterday...That'll be my next photo shoot session...


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Thanks Lance,

Yup, thats actually a couple years ago before I lowered it, and with the old 383.

Just a suggestion, but maybe we can throw all our pictures in this post. Then decide which are best and make a post with all our chosen best for people to look through!


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Originally Posted By: MY FYN 79
Thanks Lance,

Yup, thats actually a couple years ago before I lowered it, and with the old 383.

Just a suggestion, but maybe we can throw all our pictures in this post. Then decide which are best and make a post with all our chosen best for people to look through!
I'm all for that! Maybe each of us could go back and number each photo to make it easier for others to vote?


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#588704 - 07/18/08 01:37 PM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: rmodys]  
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Wow, nice pictures so far everybody!

Rmodys, I love the second and third shots from the top in the first post...definitely inspires me to go out and take more pictures of my car. I finally picked up a tripod by the way, so hopefully my night shots will come out better.


Anyways, here's a couple of random ones I took the last few days:


1. (I know I posted this one recently, but I tweaked it a little bit and wanted to post it again)


2.


3.


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#588710 - 07/18/08 01:47 PM Re: Monte Carlo Photography Thread [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Nice! Can't wait to see some night shots! And the first shot looks a little better, what'd you end up doing to it?

Also, after messing around with the RAW file I like to convert it to a JPEG and go into Photoshop and do individual layers. Like for the first shots, I did the road as its own layer by selecting the car, inverting that, and masking out the sky and road. That let me add lots of contrast and black to the road that would look dumb on the car and background. I also like to do Curves adjustments on the car itself, it helps especially with black cars.

But thanks! Glad to hear that you guys like my shots. I'm off to Sanibel Island today to do some things around my grandma's house for her so I'll be trying to get some nice tourist-y "oh ehm gee the car is next to the water holy crap get the camera" pictures.


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Originally Posted By: rmodys
And the first shot looks a little better, what'd you end up doing to it?

Also, after messing around with the RAW file I like to convert it to a JPEG and go into Photoshop and do individual layers. Like for the first shots, I did the road as its own layer by selecting the car, inverting that, and masking out the sky and road. That let me add lots of contrast and black to the road that would look dumb on the car and background. I also like to do Curves adjustments on the car itself, it helps especially with black cars.

But thanks! Glad to hear that you guys like my shots. I'm off to Sanibel Island today to do some things around my grandma's house for her so I'll be trying to get some nice tourist-y "oh ehm gee the car is next to the water holy crap get the camera" pictures.




Not too much done to the first shot actually. I played around with the exposure compensation, contrast, etc with that Rawshooter Essentials program I mentioned before, and then ran the Noise Ninja filter on it in Photoshop. I also edited out the tree air freshener on the rear view mirror. I didn’t mention this before, but the original file actually had a blue washer hose by the right wall, and the license plate was still on the car…I took those out as well, but I did a crappy job so you can tell if you look closely.


Great idea with the layers and curse adjustments too…I was reading about that this morning, but since I probably shouldn’t be playing with Photoshop all day at work, I’ll probably wait until this weekend to play around with that lmao

Make sure you grab some more pics today!


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Originally Posted By: rmodys
And the first shot looks a little better, what'd you end up doing to it?

Also, after messing around with the RAW file I like to convert it to a JPEG and go into Photoshop and do individual layers. Like for the first shots, I did the road as its own layer by selecting the car, inverting that, and masking out the sky and road. That let me add lots of contrast and black to the road that would look dumb on the car and background. I also like to do Curves adjustments on the car itself, it helps especially with black cars.

But thanks! Glad to hear that you guys like my shots. I'm off to Sanibel Island today to do some things around my grandma's house for her so I'll be trying to get some nice tourist-y "oh ehm gee the car is next to the water holy crap get the camera" pictures.




Not too much done to the first shot actually. I played around with the exposure compensation, contrast, etc with that Rawshooter Essentials program I mentioned before, and then ran the Noise Ninja filter on it in Photoshop. I also edited out the tree air freshener on the rear view mirror. I didn’t mention this before, but the original file actually had a blue washer hose by the right wall, and the license plate was still on the car…I took those out as well, but I did a crappy job so you can tell if you look closely.


Great idea with the layers and curse adjustments too…I was reading about that this morning, but since I probably shouldn’t be playing with Photoshop all day at work, I’ll probably wait until this weekend to play around with that lmao

Make sure you grab some more pics today!
Well it's not too obvious, that's for sure. Great clone job, haha.

But I got 39 pictures, I'm thinking three or four came out alright. We'll see!


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Originally Posted By: rmodys
Well it's not too obvious, that's for sure. Great clone job, haha.

But I got 39 pictures, I'm thinking three or four came out alright. We'll see!



You're going to laugh; I actually got lazy and removed the plate, hose, and air freshener with MSPaint, haha.


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Wow nice shots! Rmodys that sigma 10-20 has been on my wish list for a while now... Awesome shots. I have a few ill post up also.


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Originally Posted By: SS Ninja
Originally Posted By: rmodys
Well it's not too obvious, that's for sure. Great clone job, haha.

But I got 39 pictures, I'm thinking three or four came out alright. We'll see!



You're going to laugh; I actually got lazy and removed the plate, hose, and air freshener with MSPaint, haha.
LOL who says you need CS3 to do good photo editing? I actually scored the CS3 for free--my friend who's a professional photographer has three computers and bought four upgrades to CS3 so she gave me one of the licenses. Every time I send her pictures I thank her for enabling me to have the best software- haha!

And Rob, can't wait to see the pictures! I'm glad this thread is taking off. And the second you can afford to, BUY IT! I couldn't be happier with the ultra high-quality feel of the focus ring and the super clear glass. Best lense I've dealt with by far.

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I just installed CS2 on my laptop the other day, but I'm still learning it. It was free for me too couch


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Originally Posted By: SS Ninja
I just installed CS2 on my laptop the other day, but I'm still learning it. It was free for me too couch
Well if you're pretty new to Photoshop, this is a great resource for tutorials:

http://www.good-tutorials.com/

Search up on photo masking, how to use layers, and true colours tutorials. Also, the magnetic lasso is your best friend, haha.


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