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Wet but bright Buick.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 25 June 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Took this yesterday as South Shields honoured our fighting men and women on Armed Forces Day in the Bents Park. The day started wet, cleared up and brightened a little, then the thunderstorms brought torrential downpours, but little in the way of lightening.
It was a super event as the Badlanders Motor Cycle Club headed up the parade of armed service personnel, veterans and youth groups, and I'm hoping that the lads raised a fair bit of money for service charities, but unfortunately the weather did send a lot of people homewards.

That was no excuse for me as I shot off hundreds of frames, I probably have enough from this one event to fill this blog for the next six months. Certainly no excuse for passing up the opportunity to make this HDR of an old Buick which I promised the owner would look extra special on this page. I hope he's happy with my result as his pride and joy really looked stunning!

Three hand held frames went into Photomatix to make this rather OTT HDR.

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ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Wonderful shades of green.

25 Jun 2012 5:18am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Superb treatment. A very beautiful picture.

25 Jun 2012 5:20am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Sympa avec ce traitement

Bonne journée

25 Jun 2012 5:22am

Brat | RCA from Xiamen City, China

the flat green color is gorgeous!...nice one!

25 Jun 2012 5:23am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Super shot, well processed and presented

25 Jun 2012 5:35am

myky from Ontario, Canada

I'm sure the owner would be thrilled with this photo...very nice!

25 Jun 2012 5:35am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

awesome HDR treatment
wonderful shine in the chrome parts and a very special green colour.
the sharpness in this shot is outstanding.

25 Jun 2012 5:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I somehow feel that this presentation is exactly how she would like to see herself !

25 Jun 2012 5:41am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Curly!! This is a great shot witn incredible postpro!! Nice one!

25 Jun 2012 5:48am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

The greens are so bilious that they are beautiful !! Love the raindrops covering this car.
Perfect shot done in HDR like this, Curly.

25 Jun 2012 5:56am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice image, love the way those raindrops come out

25 Jun 2012 6:30am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I am sure the owner will be delighted

25 Jun 2012 6:55am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Stunning colors and a great framing!

25 Jun 2012 7:19am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

W O W fabulous image

25 Jun 2012 7:25am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

A perfect car for an HDR-photo, amazing!

25 Jun 2012 7:45am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful shot and great angle to show the classic grill. The weather worked in your favour with the rain drops and dark sky backdrop. Yes, the owner must be very pleased!

25 Jun 2012 8:06am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great processing and great framing! Splendid composition. Good day.

25 Jun 2012 8:13am

C. Intempor'elle from Paris, France

Love so much this one..... a perfect car, a perfect green with a perfect treatment !!!
Very great work Curly.

25 Jun 2012 8:17am

Alisha from Bielefeld, Germany

wow. what a lovely car!

25 Jun 2012 8:19am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

An iconic automobile such as this requires special treatment. Great result nice colours too.

25 Jun 2012 8:41am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful image unreal guess is because issue ... An image that transports me to the 50's maybe ... Thanks for the explanation always very interesting .. A hug, Adela

25 Jun 2012 9:02am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

wow textural overload Curly. That rain like 80 grit sandpaper. Nicely done, beautiful beast of a car from the pre ecology age. :)

25 Jun 2012 9:54am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

25 Jun 2012 10:02am

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Lovely HDR - perfect for this sort of car.

25 Jun 2012 10:13am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic HDR.. really nice with the rain...

25 Jun 2012 10:31am

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Wow. These cars are wonderful, nice picture!:))Haleja.

25 Jun 2012 10:49am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The owner should be happy-this is a wonderful shot.

25 Jun 2012 11:03am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Love the HDR! It really makes the details pop on this beauty!

25 Jun 2012 11:52am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Awesome, would love to have that old lead sled they were quite the car:)

25 Jun 2012 11:53am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful processing ... love the color!

25 Jun 2012 12:33pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice wheels

25 Jun 2012 12:47pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A great old Buick and some very cool processing work!

25 Jun 2012 1:05pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,Old West Wales boy, Germany

nice to see so many different groups and people supporting "Armed forces day" !! As Ex-forces myself I understand the need to get behind our lads both past and present.

25 Jun 2012 1:35pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That really does benefit from a touch of HDR/tone mapping

25 Jun 2012 1:42pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent ! I really like the droplets... Fantastic work ! Have a lovely day :)

25 Jun 2012 1:47pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Wow. It is really fine.

25 Jun 2012 2:51pm

Veronique from France, Switzerland

this is flashy acid green !!

25 Jun 2012 3:14pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States


25 Jun 2012 3:23pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique captage de cette voiture une vielle sueprbe quelle couleur e tiamge.
Belle soirée

25 Jun 2012 3:41pm

Bruno FROMENTIERE from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Superbe traitement !

25 Jun 2012 3:56pm

David from Avranches, France

Wow great shot, beautiful colours.

25 Jun 2012 4:50pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Fantastic treatment colors. and nice sky clouds...

25 Jun 2012 5:33pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great PoV capturing the front end of this Buick! Beautiful processing and colors as well!

25 Jun 2012 5:36pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

I like this alot

25 Jun 2012 5:37pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Excellent shot of the car and the clouds in the background.

25 Jun 2012 6:18pm

Florence from Paris, France

Great process indeed and clever angle of view !

25 Jun 2012 6:39pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pp treatment here Curly! I am sure he will be most pleased with the results! ;-)

25 Jun 2012 6:53pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

loving this

25 Jun 2012 7:01pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

I really love this shot, I love the ott HDR on things like this. Works for me

25 Jun 2012 7:10pm

Nilla´s photo shoots from Östergötland, Sweden

You surprise me every day! The car has my favorite color and is so well-treated.

25 Jun 2012 7:27pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I love the old cars images, especially with so excllent treatment.:-)

25 Jun 2012 7:56pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He should be pleased. This is an exceptional image.

25 Jun 2012 8:33pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wonderful shot of this old Buick. Standout image, perhaps a bit overly HDR, yet still a special one.

25 Jun 2012 9:04pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very cool hdr.

25 Jun 2012 11:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting PP in this shot. Nice classic car.

25 Jun 2012 11:46pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

it was raining, I thought it was a great treatment... nice color... next to my home on july 8, there is a car show, I won't miss it..

26 Jun 2012 3:00am

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

I think I got fooled here... I am reading some comments and they are talking about HDR treatment, don't know anymore but great anyway...

26 Jun 2012 3:02am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Great car | Great HDR. With all the rain drops on these metal surfaces I'll bet you got some great macro shots too.

26 Jun 2012 7:06am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

26 Jun 2012 9:44am

Gianfranco Calzarano from Cagliari, Italy

La Buick dei gangster (era nera) con targa inglese .

26 Jun 2012 12:02pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautifully done !

26 Jun 2012 12:26pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Love your work on this one. What a beauty!

30 Jun 2012 4:37am

Francis from France

j'adore cette photo..je suis un peu comme toi,quand j'ai l'occasion de tomber sur ce genre de véhicule ,je ne peu m’empêcher de shooter...bravo ,c'est super

1 Jul 2012 4:42pm

Donna Lee Michas from New York, New York, United States

Dyn-o-mite HDR! Love that green. Kudos.

2 Jul 2012 8:15pm

Mike from California, United States

Cool looking capture...nicely done.

4 Jul 2012 6:58pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Great sharpness and love the treatment ;o)

5 Aug 2012 12:03pm

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