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1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Coupe
1st Place1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Coupe
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Challenge: Old Cars (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Downtown Lima
Date: Jun 21, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 2 s
Galleries: Cityscape, Vintage
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2009

Thanks for the generous score and great comments!!!

The 1948 Pontiac rocks!! (and it rides like a cloud too :-))

Location: Really old street Downtown Lima. Shot on Sunday afternoon to avoid usual heavy traffic. Car is parked by the door of the Constitutional Court building with permission of the cop in charge of security. I bet you already guessed who the cop is :-). Yes, I thought his uniform was perfect to add to the composition as a driver or doorman of the 40's, and he kindly accepted to pose at the right place. He also helped to "ask" pedestrians not to pass through during the shooting.

Lighting: Natural dusk light + lots of street tungsten lamps. Used some fill light with on-board SB-800 speed-light bounced of left side wall to enhance subtle reflections on car. That, plus a bit of s&h in pp did the job.

Processing: Some adjustment layers to shift towards cooler semi-desat palette and boost contrast to get the vintage look of the 40's car ad images (most of them were drawn/painted those days) + NR + border + sfw. Blown outs were not possible to fix in b.e. but it seems it was understood by most voters.

I agree with 21.gif Maver in regards to using a lower camera angle. I did try it but got unpleasant strong bg lights passing through the rear window, a tough problem under basic editing. When I went down enough to conceal those lights, I got a better perspective of the car but my model was not available to stand in the right place. Decided to go with the image with (IMO) a more interesting story and atmosphere.

Special thanks to Mr. Cop (forgot to ask his name but gave him my card so I hope he calls someday to give him a nice large print of this) and to my friend and next door neighbor Jorge too, for his valuable help on the car preparation and the shooting.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 103
Avg (all users): 7.8492
Avg (commenters): 8.6190
Avg (participants): 7.7660
Avg (non-participants): 7.8750
Views since voting: 10091
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 199
Comments: 65
Favorites: 21 (view)


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06/22/2012 10:02:08 AM
I aspire to shoot shots as nice as this someday. Truly beautiful.
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11/26/2011 01:24:30 AM
excellent
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10/08/2010 10:48:18 AM
Great image!
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02/08/2010 01:29:32 AM
Fantastic setting....great pic....very nice car.
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07/07/2009 06:53:35 AM
a thing of the past...and a beauiful picture to say the least...nicely done!!!
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07/03/2009 06:48:14 PM
forgot to add that i love your unusual colours ..
... you have an amazing artistic gift .. :)
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07/02/2009 06:18:35 PM
A most excellent shot! Big Congrats!
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07/02/2009 11:41:58 AM
Mr. Cop looks just like a hired driver. Cool shot. Congrats on the excellent score!
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07/02/2009 06:15:37 AM
Brilliant photo, love the clarity even with the high ISO. Well composed, well edited, just beautiful all around.
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07/01/2009 09:38:08 PM
hey alfredo .. THIS IS BRILLIANT .. !!
such a fantastic shot .. it could almost be taken in that decade ..
congrats on the blue and a pb .. awesome in every way .. !!..:)
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07/01/2009 08:54:39 PM
We should had known after your Blue with the Mustang. Congrats on another well deserved Blue!
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07/01/2009 03:40:01 PM
My amigo, you continue to amaze me.
I need to come to Peru to be your disciple.
Mil enhorabuena !!!
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07/01/2009 01:44:32 PM
congrats on the excellent image and the score to match!
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07/01/2009 01:31:37 PM
It's great seeing a car image at night like this. The sky and natural framing of the buildings really pulls me in, and the "Mr Cop" is all business. Great score and Congratulations!
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07/01/2009 01:02:34 PM
Felicitaciones paisano, una buenisima foto!
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07/01/2009 01:01:08 PM
Congrats on the blue and the great score. Excellent job...the car...the setting...image qualty....all outstanding. Very well deserved.
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07/01/2009 12:23:58 PM
Wow, what a score!! Congratulations.
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07/01/2009 12:08:23 PM
an amazing score for an amazing shot. Well done! As soon as I saw it , I knew it would be right up there!
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07/01/2009 11:30:21 AM
Congrats on your BLUE Ribbon this was my favorite and only 10!! :)
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07/01/2009 11:15:46 AM
Oh yes! I am a proud member of the "I knew it" group the minute I saw it :) 34 10's! Wow! But then. Who WOULDN'T give this one a 10! Oh yeah. . . I see a few trolls (Grrr) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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07/01/2009 10:07:16 AM
Beautiful shot/congratulations
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07/01/2009 09:32:21 AM
Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon, this is a very classic image!!
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07/01/2009 09:15:57 AM
What a classic looking scene to go with a classic looking car. Gorgeous. Congrats on the blue!
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07/01/2009 08:49:58 AM
beautiful!
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07/01/2009 06:50:02 AM
Congrats on the blue... and PB
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07/01/2009 06:45:39 AM
Congrats on a great shot and your ribbon. Beautiful!
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07/01/2009 05:10:16 AM
I love the nostalgia feel of this shot, what a nice glossy finish on that mint car, congrats.
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07/01/2009 04:31:27 AM
Brilliant work. Congrats!
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07/01/2009 02:37:14 AM
Well desreved blue. Congrats!
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07/01/2009 01:40:02 AM
Beautiful, a mile ahead ofteh rest. Well done with the Cop also, brave call.......!
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07/01/2009 01:26:28 AM
Congrats on the blue!!!! Great shot!
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07/01/2009 01:24:33 AM
Congrats on the the blue and the new PB!
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07/01/2009 01:11:50 AM
Stunning. You picked the perfect surroundings to showcase the car in all its glory and then did it up right with the technical end as well. Into my favs this goes.
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07/01/2009 12:53:38 AM
Congratulations, this is an awesome shot. My favorite as well. I liked it so much I gave it a 10 (something I rarely do).
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07/01/2009 12:53:11 AM
Fabulous shot! I could stare at if for ages, it's so interesting. Congrats on your blue ribbon and your awesome score. Excellent work, Alfredo.
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07/01/2009 12:20:04 AM
Congratulations on your blue and PB!! Awesome shot!!
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07/01/2009 12:10:40 AM
This was my absolute favor by a long shot - good job - Congratulations!
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07/01/2009 12:09:09 AM
Congratulations on the great shot, most deserved blue ribbon and PB brother. You owe me one for accurately predicting the spread.
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07/01/2009 12:06:25 AM
oh my that is an INSANE score, congrats on the PB this shot is pretty much perfect all around
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07/01/2009 12:05:47 AM
i really, REALLY want one of these someday. they are just so damn gorgeous
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07/01/2009 12:04:11 AM
I need to be your Apprentice!
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07/01/2009 12:02:28 AM
Looks like a painting, it's amazing!
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07/01/2009 12:02:05 AM
Congratulations! Because you know how to choose the best scene, to get the best shot, with the best setup, and, of course, with all your quality! WOW! and I see Kato is your assitant now!
Buenisima Alfredo!
Edito para:
assistant, assistant
KATO!!! KAAAATO!

Message edited by author 2009-07-01 01:53:33.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2009 05:25:06 PM
Excellent processing!
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06/30/2009 04:17:29 PM
Outstanding pic. Well composed. This looks as though it could have been taken in 1948. I like the natural setting. I like the low color saturation blended with the high contrast. Nicely done
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06/30/2009 04:12:53 PM
This is so cool.
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06/30/2009 01:30:10 PM
Very stylish - best of the 'straight' shots, 9
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06/28/2009 05:27:46 AM
lovely picture!
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06/27/2009 04:22:19 PM
The car is the dominant feature but your background really caught my eye.
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06/26/2009 11:27:02 AM
very, well done...you did an excellent job on the processing
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06/25/2009 07:25:32 PM
This has real character and atmosphere to it and stands out from the crowd. But I find the man in the shot something of a distraction. 7
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06/25/2009 03:00:28 PM
blue ribbon
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06/25/2009 12:01:28 PM
this shot is great.. I love the sharpness of the car and the angle.. I think, personally, the only thing that could have made this better is a lower camera angle.. but still.. this is great! good job!
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06/25/2009 10:38:30 AM
This is my highest rated photograph. Everything seems to fit, the location, time of day and the gentleman standing on the left.
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06/25/2009 12:35:59 AM
This is one of the best compositions in this challenge. Well done.
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06/24/2009 06:49:29 PM
close to perfection although I might have cropped a little off the top - that illuminated bell tower draws your eyes away
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06/24/2009 06:46:27 PM
I usually like to praise a bit and point out a few flaws, but I can't find any flaws here, lovely compelling image, my pick for the blue.
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06/24/2009 04:20:52 PM
Oh, I LOVE IT! LOVE IT! 10
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06/24/2009 12:25:06 PM
Very classy. 8
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06/24/2009 07:54:30 AM
Oh the doorman MAKES the shot. Classic. Might be fun in BW too. :~)
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06/24/2009 07:41:32 AM
nice one. the car too. good processing. 7
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06/24/2009 06:40:13 AM
like this scenery, it's perfect for showing this car!
Also perfect composition, focus and tones!
- Good luck!
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06/24/2009 06:03:25 AM
Blue, blue, blue!!!
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06/24/2009 12:35:20 AM
Nicccee treatment of this.
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06/24/2009 12:23:30 AM
Beautiful, crisp image! 8
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