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Not The Average Avenger

This past weekend me and fellow photographer, Aaron V. went over to B&T Motorsports to take a few photos for the shop.

I was pleased to find their full-drag Mopar Avenger on the shop floor. I wanted to share a few shots that I took of the car as well as my first attempt at light painting a vehicle. This thing has a 98mm turbo fitted to a 340 small block V8. This thing pulls about 1100 horsepower at 5psi — currently it’s running 27. We’re looking at approximately 2500 horsepower (you read that correctly). Needless to say, this thing hauls ass. Since we had full access to the shop, I decided to try some light painting with the help of a phone light and portable drop light. Probably could have turned out a lot better, but I think it made for a decent first attempt. Hoping to get more shots of this beast in action. I’ll be shooting more until then.

If you’re in the Northern Virginia / DC Metro area and are looking to get some work done, you should check out B&T Motorsports, I’ve had work done by them in the past and the quality has always been top notch.

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The Art of Post-Processing

Photography encompasses a lot more than simply taking a good photo; often times a lot of editing is involved to turn a good photo into a great one. Proper setup, lighting and photo composition are all very important, but the thing that can give a little extra edge is known as: post-processing. While a lot of photographers like to let the camera do most of the work, there are just some things your gear can’t do on on it’s own.

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Above is the before and after of a photo I shot earlier this year. Looking back at it now, I should have taken some of the reflections out manually, but overall, I think it turned out decently enough. Everyone has their own style and technique when it comes to editing photos. Understanding the functionality of the software is important in getting the look you want during the editing process.

Professional photographer Jeff Creech has shared some of his processes, which were nothing short of amazing.

The amount of work required for a single photo.

Post-processing is also used to help correct exposure issues, remove unwanted elements, or even equipment required to take certain shots, as seen below:

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Rig shot by Michael Orlando | Proper Garage

I haven’t come across one single technique that is the same across the board for all photographers in regards to how they edit, and when asked, the laundry list of layers and workflow are often too long to list. However, sometimes what seems like even the most simple edit can change a photo entirely.

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Going forward, we’ll talk about the specifics of particular editing styles and techniques based on things I’ve read as well as my own findings. Stay tuned!

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All Things Moist

I recently started following a group known as #SoTrendy. Let me start off by saying I absolutely love you; you are represented well at almost every show I’ve been to, you do amazing coverage, have great social media presence, and I generally like every post you put up…

…however, there is one thing that I am confused about and it’s your use of the word “moist”. For some reason, that word makes me cringe and I don’t know why.

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I get it, but then again, I don’t. It’s like a half-assed version of the word “wet” but sounds 50 times more disgusting.

Here are a few things I think about when I hear the word moist: Water damage. Chewed up food. Soggy bread. Various infections (yeah, I’m not linking that).

I could go on, but that means I’d have to use that word in more sentences.

Honestly, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m probably not cool enough to understand the nuances of why you use the word. It is one of the most hated words in the English language. If anyone can explain; I am genuinely interested.

Seriously, #SoTrendy — don’t think of this as hate, because I like you. But for the love of God…

…or perhaps it already has happened and I’m far too late.

You can follow #SoTrendy on Facebook, as well as Instagram. So feel free to check them out!

They are awesome, despite their use of the word moist.

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Night and Day Shooting Experience

I’m on the path of learning varying techniques for shooting in the daytime versus the night. I want to go over some of the things I’ve discovered, as I’m fairly new to photography.

With all photography, the key is lighting. I’m lucky in the fact that given the subject matter, there is a lot of trial and error in regards to proper exposure and aperture size since what I’m photographing is mostly static.

Getting better at adjusting for exposure and aperture on the fly become more imperative if you don’t have that luxury.

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I shot this at f/2 at 1/1250 exposure on a 35mm f/2 lens. Obviously at that setting, I’m getting good field depth and the subject remains fairly sharp.

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With this shot, I actually threw in a lot of the ambient light effects, as the original wasn’t sun drenched as well as the others; one of the things I’d like to work on is post-processing, as the effect isn’t as subtle as I wanted it to be.

In contrast, night photos are a little more tricky because not only are you worried about lighting, but properly illuminating the subject. For the future, I’d really like to get an external flash/lights and a wireless remote to reduce camera shake.

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I like the colors in this last photo, I just don’t think it was very well lit. From all of the photos taken this weekend, the reflections on the cars can be somewhat distracting, so investing in a polarizer or getting them out in post is probably important and something to think about.

Check out both sets in the gallery.

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The Definition of VIP (Part 2): 07 Infiniti m35x

Last week we got a close look at Sleepy’s 05 Chrysler 300c and the nuances that make up the VIP style. Though some purists in the VIP community will tell you that true VIP are only cars of particular platforms.

Takahiro Taketomi, the self-proclaimed founder of VIP style, and the company known as Junction Produce adds some insight to the VIP elitist mentality. According to Taketomi, true VIP style tuning is limited to only 10 Nissan and Toyota models: Nissan President, Cima, Gloria, Cedric and Fuga; Toyota Celsior, Century, Aristo, Crown and Majesta. That’s it.

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