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Day 2 of DLWS Santa Rosa

Well this has been a rather interesting event so far. Whenever doing an outdoor shoot there is always the risk that something will go wrong and the shoot will get canceled. Last night was just one of those times. We were washed out last night, the rain just wouldn’t stop and the clouds weren’t moving. Knowing there would be no sunset there was nothing else to do but go in. We made for last night with an amazing location shoot setup by a good friend Richard Small. Richard has spent his life being a gear head. He loves cars, planes and wine. His knowledge is proving worthwhile for us because he his sharing some of his favorite haunts with us.

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This is one of those great haunts. It’s one of his friends car collection. Fred, the owner, is really nice typical car guy. He collects almost anything if he wants too for a period then moves to something else. His collection is truly impressive, with some amazing roadsters. We spent the morning with overcast skies, light rain and lots of opportunities. These were some of the opportunities i saw and worked with.

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It was pointed out that there are a billion different images at this place and the thirty of us could photograph each one and come up with a different image. That’s the reality of it. Now HDR is a no brainier here, the options are limitless, black and white sure, but for me it was the color of the cars that drew me in and i wanted to stay just in that realm. If you’re wondering if i did post processing, the answer is yes. Are these much different then the original, NO. The image up on the screen is the image i had in my head upon capture. Is it always, no. There are times when i experiment, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. That’s great thing about this kind of place. You can go there with an exact idea of what you want, you get that image but you decide to take it a bit further and find a better image that wasn’t expected. It’s the best thing about photography.

Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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