Friday, January 3, 2014

37 Nash LaFayette

This is a 1937 Nash LaFayette in 1937 Nash acquired LaFayette Motors. I was told about this for about this car for two months and made one prior attempt to photograph it, but there was a car parked right in front of it. I am glad I shot it the day I did the owner moved and covered it with a car cover the day after I shot it. The city told him to move it. It is for sale I forgot the though owners name (I failed to write it down) his phone number is (925) 687-6024. He was out by the time I shot the second series of images and we talked for about half an hour. He has three of the hub caps but removed them after one was stolen. He has owned it for 12 years. If he sold this from this post it would not be the first car I helped sell. I have helped sell some of the cars that were in the wrecking yard just outside Toppenish Washington.

I had planned to put a slight sepia tone on the images because I thought the car and the house look like the are both from the same time period. It is a good thing because of the significant amount of chromatic aberration that HDR Effex Pro 2 produces where the dark foliage meets the sky. I have talked to Nik about size of loupe for chromatic aberration, it is very small I have a 25" screen and 1-2 inch loupe seems ridiculous given the real estate on my screen. I shot the image with a Canon 17-40mm lens at 17mm which creates barrel distortion. This is not the only image I have had trouble with I tried for over an hour to adjust for the chromatic aberration and it seems that when you adjust for one portion of the image another part has a problem. If I wanted to keep this image in color I would have to spend a considerable amount of time removing the fringing. I am going to work this image up in Photomatix and see if I have any better luck with this type of image. I shot the image at ƒ/11 and the article on the link about fringing says you can reduce the chances of fringing by shooting three stops from wide open most often somewhere around ƒ/5.6 or ƒ/8. I will also try adjusting my aperture and see if that remedies the problem although that affects the depth of field and will be a problem especially on landscape images.

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