: Suggestions for the ultimate car picture.



I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-31-08, 10:15 PM
I'm gonna go out, wash the car up real nicely tomorrow and take some grade-a photography of it. I'd like some suggestions for great backrounds/backdrops for the most professional, high quality picture possible.

Here's what I was thinking for backrounds....


A clear, clean lake
A thick, dark forest
A nice grassy hill
A nice mansion or neighborhood
In front of a building with a curtain wall, for the reflection.
What about you? Your suggestions? Post your best picture of your car...!

Rolex
05-31-08, 10:40 PM
A car babe propped up on the hood wearing a poke-a-dot bikini. :eyebrow:


Go forth and hook that up. But keep it work safe. :D

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-01-08, 12:02 AM
It needs to be in front of a lake that is reflecting a mountain in the background.

Playdrv4me
06-01-08, 03:29 AM
Best days to take the picture are on overcast days, or days where there is some sun AND an overcast sky together. Photographers know that pure sun hitting a subject, be it a car, or a person creates impossible lighting situations, reflections and terrible shadowing.

If you must take a picture on a completely sunny day, try to do it very early in the morning, or close to dusk (but not too late or you won't have *enough* light for the camera to operate properly).

Take lots of angles, and take a few pictures from cornered angles down LOW, VERY low. When you take a picture from down at ground level UP TOWARD the vehicle, it makes the vehicle look bigger and more menacing.

Those tips came from a professional car calendar photographer.

Jesda
06-01-08, 07:00 AM
The background should be as unbusy, uniform, and tidy as possible -- a golf course, lake, wheat field, etc.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-01-08, 11:25 AM
Here's what I've done so far.

Cadillac
http://b8.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00153/84/30/153740348_l.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/IMG_1215.jpg?t=1212329709

Both
http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v133/38/119/199104188/n199104188_31576052_4292.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/IMG_1620-web.jpg?t=1212329311
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/IMG_1575.jpg?t=1212329452

Mercedes
http://photos-188.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v123/38/119/199104188/n199104188_31524306_6680.jpg
http://photos-188.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v123/38/119/199104188/n199104188_31524310_7944.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2125-2.jpg?t=1212329207

I can't find any of the really good shots I took of the Buick.

gary88
06-01-08, 12:54 PM
-Avoid nasty reflections (leaves are the worst)
-Avoid things sticking out of the top of your car in the background (trees, light posts)
-Best light = right after sunrise, right before sunset
-Don't park the car in front of the sun for a shot. Park it so the car is front-lit.
-Don't park on grass, or in a parking lot with lines everywhere.
-Fill the frame with the car. Don't worry about capturing the landscape around it.
-Also, bring a few gallons of water and wet the pavement if you can. You can see this a lot on Cadillac's website, and just about every other big name website.

behind-bars
06-01-08, 01:00 PM
Here is a shot i took against some trees. I have others with a nice house in the background but i didnt crop it right .

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/6528/editp1010100ki3.jpg


My suggestion is to just have fun and take a TON of pics and you will get some good ones

Playdrv4me
06-02-08, 03:09 AM
I just saw this over on the Crossfire forum I'm on and it made me think of your post.

Except for the slight entry of the apartment building in the left corner of the picture, this is what I consider very well toward "ultimate car-pic" status, this is the Administrator's car:

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i98/handwax1/resizedavatar.jpg

Adam
06-02-08, 05:49 AM
And do your best to stay out of the picture. Reflections can ruin it.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/th_012-13.jpg (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/012-13.jpg)
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/th_011-15.jpg (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/011-15.jpg)
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/th_002-18.jpg (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/002-18.jpg)

An example of what could have been a good pic but I ruined it:
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/th_006-15.jpg (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/diecastcarsusa/006-15.jpg)

Jesda
06-02-08, 12:05 PM
I disfavor pictures where the car is leaning at an odd angle. Most people are into that though.

http://www.myride.com/images/vehicle/2006/Cadillac/XLR-V/oem/06.Cadillac-XLR-V50_(400x300).jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2242/1517888310_a905644080.jpg

gary88
06-02-08, 01:37 PM
Agreed. I don't like the feeling of a car being parked on a hill, or about to fall off the earth.

I actually don't have any good pictures of my whole car, just detail shots, which here are a few.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_2943copy-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_2645-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_4763.jpg

I should probably go out and take some new pics this weekend.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-02-08, 02:32 PM
Here's the best from yesterday.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2145.jpg
I love how the sun glistens off the side of it in this picture.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2150.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2155.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2160.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2144.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/IMG_2142.jpg

Jesda
06-02-08, 02:46 PM
Those are pretty nice!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-02-08, 05:39 PM
Well, thank you Jesda.

gary88
06-02-08, 06:31 PM
My only critique are the poles/trees that are sticking out of the roof in some of them. I like #2 the most.

Destroyer
06-02-08, 08:12 PM
Car looks gorgeous!. How has she been since all the repairs?.;)

Destroyer
06-02-08, 11:06 PM
Here's some recent pics of the wifes '98 Mark VIII. Going to be putting it up for sale as soon as I get her something more economical. These are the pics I took for the ad I'll be putting up soon. She just drives it to work and back, not necessary to have such a big, gas guzzling car for that. Mileage is up to 27k original (had 16k when we got it a little over a year ago). I put LSC side moldings on and painted the front grill and put on 18" chrome Bullit wheels plus cross drilled rotors. Great car, given us no problems whatsoever except for an idle control valve ($30) and a spark plug boot coming apart. She hates to see it go and I told her to keep it but she wants something more economical. Women........


http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04831.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04833.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04835.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04837.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04838.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04847.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04848.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04853.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04852.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/Mark%20VIII/DSC04850.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-03-08, 12:01 AM
Car looks gorgeous!. How has she been since all the repairs?.;)

Thanks! It's been running like I'd never expect a German car would....cheaply and annoyingly reliably.


My only critique are the poles/trees that are sticking out of the roof in some of them. I like #2 the most.

I agree for the most part, especially regarding the USA Today box in the bottom picture, but in the second to last one, IMO the flag poles, flag poles and the building actually add to the feeling of diplomacy and aristocracy associated with the car.

blue07cts
06-03-08, 12:29 AM
Here are some of the better ones of my mine.


http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/bcbba/caddEzgo007.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/bcbba/caddEzgo011.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/bcbba/detailedcarpix023.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/bcbba/caddEzgo003.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/bcbba/caddEzgo005.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/bcbba/caddEzgo016.jpg

lol ok granted i have edited most lol anyways hope this helps!

gary88
06-03-08, 12:35 AM
Here's some great shots (not mine) from the photography forum I'm on.

http://www.sleepy-nokkie.com/MISC/E90_1680.jpg
(credit to MCSboy)

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=266677&stc=1&d=1209356788
(credit to dwnhillskater)

Get someone to take a rolling pan of your car.
http://www.dchome.net/attachments/day_080315/20080315_50ee06e12db6b902511b8pWJEjQ5a49s.jpg
(credit to chester_hongkong)

http://www.dchome.net/attachments/day_071212/20071212_30667961d8b5d811bd8cdAINiIecZXOs.jpg
(credit to chester_hongkong)

Light is really more important than everything.

Eh what the hell here's one of my shots too. Look familiar? :cool2:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2331/2257377318_11fefd44f1.jpg?v=0

blue07cts
06-03-08, 12:54 AM
sorry about the size of my pix guys, i have tried and tried to resize but i'm doing something wrong apparently so if anywone can, be my guest...

Shawn4.0
06-03-08, 04:22 PM
Here are some of my pics

(my previous car, Olds Aurora, notice the sign ;)).

http://xs101.xs.to/xs101/06211/Beach2s1.jpg


And a good Seville shot (I love the contrast, the old barn, clean car)

http://xs218.xs.to/xs218/07346/barnfront.jpg



My absolutely favorite pic: (just love this pic)

http://xs208.xs.to/xs208/06431/asj9.jpg





If anyone wants full size links, lemme know and I'll send them out.

MauiV
06-03-08, 05:13 PM
Some I took last week.....



http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi004.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi006.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi005.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi007.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi011.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi019.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi021.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi022.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi026.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi031.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi028.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Cadi002.jpg

GizmoQ
06-03-08, 08:02 PM
Maui V,

I love the fourth one down (the one with the windy road in the background).

codewize
06-03-08, 09:29 PM
I did a really nice write up on this a while back after reading up on it myself. Here are some of the do's and don'ts

Don't shoot the car on pavement with lines. It takes away from the car.
Don't shoot in direct sunlight. You won't get the consistent exposure that your looking for.
Don't include eye-sore accessories in the shot ie poorly placed sat radio antennas, etc.
Don't shoot under trees or anything that casts shadows on the car



Do make sure the car is clean. Insanely clean is not necessary.
Do shoot with a nice backdrop but Don't allow it to take away from the car
Do shoot several different vantage points and angles
Do Shoot just before dusk on a clear day to avoid direct sun
Do shoot with an aperture of 8 or 9ish. That's enough to get the whole car in focus but to keep the background just out of focus. Do not shoot wide apertures.
Do always always use a fill flash with diffuser.

I hope that helps you get the shot of the day


EDIT: I jumped in after reading your first post. I see now that you have already taken the shots

96Fleetwood
06-03-08, 09:45 PM
Here are a few I took in Virginia Beach, VA; Miami, FL; and Chicago, IL:


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r247/wmu37/Picture347.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/Picture062.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/Picture039.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/caddylowres.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/cadillaclover/IMG_9304.jpg

http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/cadillaclover/Picture484.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g147/sixtyspecial/IMG_9431.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g147/sixtyspecial/ta2.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/Picture049.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/Picture005.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/Picture028.jpg


I have a old camera too. It is all about location IMO.

Come back to Chicago and I will take some sweet pics of your Benz!!

blue07cts
06-03-08, 11:13 PM
WOW there are some NICE pix in this thread, WHEN i eventually DO get my car back i'm going to have 2 start WORKING on some nice pics..

Destroyer
06-04-08, 12:24 AM
Here are a few I took in Virginia Beach, VA; Miami, FL; and Chicago, IL:

I have a old camera too. It is all about location IMO.

Come back to Chicago and I will take some sweet pics of your Benz!!Best pic there is the one of your Fleetwood. Remember, best pic, not best car. That Z06 was sweeeet!.

Patrick7997
06-07-08, 05:21 PM
Great thread. Great pictures.

I'm not art critic, but I liked:
The Fleetwoods in Chicago
The CTS-V in the woods, nice.
The C6 Corvette, with the city lights far away in the backround...

Chad, you're so close. Just keep shooting. Especially in the digital camera age, just keep shooting. Take your camera everywhere, literally, and keep shooting.

I did a Harley thing, where you take pictures in front of signs & places, and win prizes... but when you and your friends have been on the road all day, getting tired, riding, stopping, buzz to the next place, stop, shoot, keep moving... there comes a point where you stop trying so hard, and just shoot.

And that's when some of the best pictures happened....

Lately, I've become more enamored with trying for little detail shots, like emblems, guages, etc... and lighting is 5 times as important in those type shots...

On that topic, do yourself a favor, and figure out if your camera has an "exposure value" setting... try "bracketing" your shots... that is, you see a shot. Take 3 pics, 1 on automatic, 1 with a reduced exposure value, and 1 with an increased exposure value... sometimes something very special can happen with a little more (or less) light...

I'm not at home right now, If I think of it, I'll post some pics later.... but they will certainly be inferior to what some of you have done. Very nice.

The Tony Show
06-07-08, 05:24 PM
Ultimate car pic? Put my car in it!

:lol:

hueterm
06-07-08, 11:14 PM
MauiV, I like the one w/the black bldg in the upper left corner, where the camera is at bumper level of the V the best.

Fleet96, the Sears Tower/Bk FWB pic has always been one of my favorites on here. The Downtown pollution really made a nice effect w/the car being so pristine.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-08, 11:47 PM
How about these? They are from a kid who went to third gen fest. He has a real eye for this kind of stuff, but then again he wants to be a photographer.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b202/gearhead0384/2520611665_e52d503937_o.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b202/gearhead0384/SmallerIrocdowntown.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3155/2526110407_9f5a4592dd.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3220/2525982563_9c19ca8907.jpg

gary88
06-07-08, 11:51 PM
My circular polarizer filter came in today. Goodbye annoying reflections :thumbsup:

Not the greatest day for photos, but here it is in action. Can't wait for a clear day to put it to good use.

Before
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_7393w.jpg

After
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_7394w.jpg

STScadillac
06-08-08, 04:57 AM
dude on your mercedes were those wipers on your headlights? thats awesome

codewize
06-08-08, 10:03 AM
Funny, I was just going to say if you insist on shooting in the sun use a polarizer.

There are some great shots in there.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-08-08, 02:21 PM
dude on your mercedes were those wipers on your headlights? thats awesome


Haha! Yeah they are! Thanks!

STScadillac
06-08-08, 02:53 PM
Do they actually help, I can see them helping when it snows really bad and all but what about the rain lol

Playdrv4me
06-08-08, 10:35 PM
Here are some of the photos I took today using some of the techniques I mentioned before...

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7364-2/745i+029.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7379-2/745i+036.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7391-2/745i+040.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7385-2/745i+038.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7394-2/745i+045.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7409-2/745i+051.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7418-2/745i+055.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7354-2/745i+002.jpg

STScadillac
06-08-08, 10:42 PM
very very nice shots.... thats a nice car.... quick questions what are those little circles on the back bumber ive seen them on other cars before and never knew what they were

Playdrv4me
06-08-08, 10:46 PM
very very nice shots.... thats a nice car.... quick questions what are those little circles on the back bumber ive seen them on other cars before and never knew what they were

Thanks!

Next weekend maybe I can get some shots of the Crossfire, but I don't think I'll luck out with the overcast weather again just as it was for a while. Will just have to see.

The little circles in the middle strip are the sensors for the Park Distance Control beeper. The newer STSs starting in 2001 have them too.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-09-08, 12:18 AM
I like those pictures Ian, especially the one with the marina in the backround, but if it were me, I wouldn't take pictures of a 7 series on dirt.

STScadillac
06-09-08, 01:19 AM
Thanks!

The little circles in the middle strip are the sensors for the Park Distance Control beeper. The newer STSs starting in 2001 have them too.

well thats convenient lol

96Fleetwood
06-09-08, 02:16 AM
If that was blacktop and the tires were shined, the pics would be great.

Is that 745i still under warranty? If so, get them to replace those hazy headlights asap. It is a common problem on these cars along with the oxidized chrome window trip. If you push hard enough, the dealers will replace them under warranty as well.

Playdrv4me
06-09-08, 02:23 AM
If that was blacktop and the tires were shined, the pics would be great.

Is that 745i still under warranty? If so, get them to replace those hazy headlights asap. It is a common problem on these cars along with the oxidized chrome window trip. If you push hard enough, the dealers will replace them under warranty as well.

Yes it's under the full factory 100k warranty. The headlights however are pretty low on the list of things I have to get fixed right now. When/If the other issues are resolved I'll take care of them, but they aren't really that bad, I've seen 7s with MUCH worse haze than mine. Ive noticed that if you don't buy cars regularly at a particular BMW dealer, and you try to pile on a bunch of service items at every visit, it seems like each item gets less attention and importance... since I never EVER buy any BMW from the dealer, I'm trying to take it easy right now.

For the moment Im trying to get an idle shake and the all too common transmission issue fixed. I can now say from experience the reputation of the E65 is not without merit, it is quite possibly the worst car BMW has ever produced. Still better than a W220 on all counts despite the problems, but bad for a BMW. Bimmer magazine called these worse than the E32 740i of the 80s... Ouch.

As far as the tire shine/blacktop thing. I think that is personal preference, Ive seen alot of sedans that are photographed on sand, dirt or pea gravel roads and I like the aesthetics of the dirt and grass. What I SHOULD have done had I been prepared however was wet the area and wet down the tire treads so the dirt would wash off the tire treads, but eh, it was an impromptu place I found to take photos. I was going to shine the tires also but it was raining and I wanted to get some photos before the sun went down and the overcast sky disappeared.

Jesda
06-09-08, 09:06 AM
Whats funny is that Oldsmobile used a special material on the Aurora's headlights to prevent chipping and yellowing. Yeah, a defunct brand put in some attention to detail.

Ad for Olds headlights:
iv4ZEiqxzs0

Playdrv4me
06-09-08, 11:19 AM
Whats funny is that Oldsmobile used a special material on the Aurora's headlights to prevent chipping and yellowing. Yeah, a defunct brand put in some attention to detail.

Ad for Olds headlights:
iv4ZEiqxzs0

Actually, I think that the design of the hood which extends over the top of the headlight, and thereby shields it from the sun somewhat probably has more to do with the extended life of the Aurora headlamp covers. As far as Florida haze though, the Auroras are just as susceptible as the rest of the cars down here... I don't see Auroras all that often, but I do see them with haze every so often.

Now... imagine what the sun does to your skin...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-09-08, 12:04 PM
Yeah, it's surprising how much effort Olds put into the Aurora when it first came out. They really wanted that car to turn the company around.

Shawn4.0
06-09-08, 12:17 PM
Here are some pics after I lost my Aurora. I swevered to avoid a stopped car in front of mine (busy adjusting the EQ settings on my HU, not paying attention like a dum@$$) and hit a ditch, jumped a driveway and went THROUGH a telephone phone! (nevermine the hubcaps, kept my good wheels from the insurace). Notice the headlights are fine! Yea, they're indeed a speical polycarbonate. I've yet to see a hazey Aurora headlights...

http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2889/s4300001nb9.jpg

http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/7643/s4300003el9.jpg

Playdrv4me
06-09-08, 12:23 PM
D'oh!

Jesda
06-09-08, 02:24 PM
Now... imagine what the sun does to your skin...

Makes me sexy.

blue07cts
06-10-08, 12:02 AM
Makes me sexy.




:rofl: not saying anything against jesda, but just the way i read it i LMAO!!!

Night Wolf
06-10-08, 08:46 AM
Man that Aurora is (was? :( ) nice.... awesome color!

Here are some pictures I took last month when my cousin came down to visit, drove to Clearwater, Florida.... stopped along 60 for various photos....

Nothing too special, car wasn't detailed or anything as we were in the process of our 1,200 mile adventure, and I didn't have my tripod... still got a few good ones though. She still needs some cosmetic attention... new headlights are on the list. But for now the best thing is she retired from daily driver status, and now sits clean in the driveway under a cover while the Zu gets most the use... But when I do use the car (highway trips) it gets good use :)

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08196.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08197.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08200.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08208.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08213.jpg

I like the reflections in that one.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08212.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08209.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08214.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Lincoln/6-10-08/5-13-08215.jpg

Night Wolf
06-10-08, 10:11 AM
I figured it was time for some new pictures of the Zu with the hardtop... driveway pictures don't do it justice.

Several weeks back I drove up a bit North of Atlanta to pick up the hardtop from a member on the Zu site.... great score for $125. It has tinted windows and roof racks, which will be useful when I get a kayak or two. Truck is more quiet, but still noisy, which dosen't bother me in the least bit. It's alot more secure tho, no more zipper window, although the rear hatch window dosen't lock, the tailgate does, and the rear window can't be opened unless the tailgate is.... but most of all, no more water leaks when it rains! Man that is awesome, my only gripe with the whole truck has been solved. It stinks not being able to easily take the top off now, but there is only 4 (well 3 right now) latches inside, I am going to make a hoist setup to raise/lower the top... it's too heavy and bulky for one person to wrestle it on and off.

I like it though, changed the look a bit. This place is about a 30-second drive from my house, but pretty cool for some pictures. Already put 1,500 miles on it since I got the engine back together, runs like a charm.... although I got the tires back in October? They only have 2,000 miles on them because the headgasket blew shortly after I got them.... still tho, this is an awesome truck, I really like it a whole lot... I am keeping an eye out for a 1st gen 4wd Trooper as an off-road vehicle tho, I am not doing anything more with the Amigo then what I did already, it's a great daily driver as is and still fun when the pavement ends, but it's only 2wd, and in too nice of condition to get banged up on the trails.

Truck is lifted 2" and has 265/75/16 all-terrains (32x10.5), other then the added step bars, grille guard and other small things, it's pretty much stock, just turned 136k.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08050.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08058.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08060.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08061.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08063.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08068.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08069.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08072.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08073.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08078.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08079.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08080.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08083.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08084.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/6-10-08086.jpg

Playdrv4me
06-10-08, 11:06 AM
Isn't that a Puerto Rican flag on the back of the 'Zu?

EDIT: Nevermind, those only have 1 star, but the wavy design is the same one all the PR guys have on their back windows here.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-10-08, 12:11 PM
Actually Rick, those are pretty damned good.

Playdrv4me
06-10-08, 12:25 PM
Actually Rick, those are pretty damned good.

Yea I liked the Isuzu ones alot.

Night Wolf
06-10-08, 02:13 PM
lol, I get that alot, if it's a PR flag on the truck, then people think I am Mexican...

the plain cover that was on it was in bad shape when I bought it, I was workin at Advance at the time and there were 2 options, plain black or this "American flag".....

....I'm thinking it's time I get a new spare tire cover.... nobody sells them locally tho, so I may go online to get one...... or ya'll think a plain black one would look good on it? I don't like the way it looks without a cover.

Thanks for the compliments, I was a little surprised myself at how well they came out, camera was set to auto, I know if I had the tripod and started messing with the manual settings it can do some pretty cool things. It's a Canon PowerShot A630, I got it as a leftover model for $200 from New Egg, came with a 1gb card, I am not even sure if you can get it anymore... personally I'm sold on Canon optics.

Heh, I took those pictures this morning after I posted the pictures of the Town Car... the thread gave me inspiration to do it... I was thinking... should I wash it? then said nah... it's a truck, dosen't need to be clean. Heh, truck is pretty dirty, but white really does hide alot.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-10-08, 02:15 PM
Too bad you couldn't get a Japanese flag on your spare tire cover. That would be pretty funny. Or a Cadillac logo too...that would be good also.

Night Wolf
06-10-08, 02:30 PM
lol...

I dunno, I am thinking about it more, maybe a plain black cover would go well with the simple black/white contrast theme of the truck... they are only like $15 at the store.

Jesda
06-10-08, 05:47 PM
WOW, beautiful pictures Rick. Really.

Night Wolf
06-10-08, 07:28 PM
Looking at the Zu pics again, they did come out pretty good.... I didn't link all the ones I took, but they are on Photobucket, most of the same thing tho, but here is the album

http://s43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Isuzu/6-10-08/

96Fleetwood
06-11-08, 07:12 PM
Love the Town Car pics!

Here are a few I took today of the Fleetwood after work:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_9519.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_9520.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_9521.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_9526.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_9527.jpg

Night Wolf
06-11-08, 07:53 PM
The black Fleetwood fits in really, really well with the city and buildings :)

Rolex
06-11-08, 08:50 PM
Love the Town Car pics!

Here are a few I took today of the Fleetwood after work:



Mighty fine. :cool2: I think I may need a tissue.

96Fleetwood
06-11-08, 09:30 PM
Thanks! I put a few more pics in this thread:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1984-deville-fleetwood-1985/142504-summer-2008-pics-my-1996-fleetwood.html


The top of that parking garage is awesome, granted it costs $2.00 for the first half hour.. but it is worth it for good pics. I have them all in high res and will probably frame one of them.

CadillacGurl
06-11-08, 09:56 PM
Pictures Jay took with my camera.

2003 STS
http://i26.tinypic.com/al5k7a.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/2703000-2703999/2703551_11_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/2703000-2703999/2703551_12_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/2703000-2703999/2703551_14_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/2703000-2703999/2703551_13_full.jpg

1997 ETC
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/6/web/2118000-2118999/2118818_3_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/6/web/2118000-2118999/2118818_4_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/6/web/2118000-2118999/2118818_23_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/6/web/2118000-2118999/2118818_6_full.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-11-08, 11:04 PM
Pictures Jay took with my camera.
2003 STS
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/2703000-2703999/2703551_14_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/2703000-2703999/2703551_13_full.jpg


Those are best.

gary88
06-18-08, 01:42 AM
I played with HDR earlier today.

No I won't buy Photomatix, piggybacking on trial software FTW

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/aaw-1.jpg

Night Wolf
06-18-08, 06:50 AM
That color is awesome.

The Bronzmist colors used on those cars as well as late 90's Buicks, and 1993 DeVille's..... aswell as the really cool charcoal metallic I have seen on newer Rangers are among my favorite car colors :cool:

RunningOnEMT
06-18-08, 08:02 AM
ok ... big Gurr... what polarizing filter are you using and what is HDR?

Got my copy of Understanding Exposure in the mail yesterday, don't really have time to sit down with it until later on in the week though.

Getting my car detailed next week and i'm going to be taking a bunch of pictures before and after for the company, discounts are great.


also been playing with the aperature and shutter preference shooting modes like you suggested.

Have a few questions, the one picture you have across your rear decklid of the badge? is that just a low aperature and fast shutter to get that depth of field? and since we're on the topic of PL-CIR filters whats the difference between the "digital" 105 dollar one and the DSLR specific 35 dollar one?

what do you suggest as a good price range to look in.

gary88
06-18-08, 02:02 PM
ok ... big Gurr... what polarizing filter are you using and what is HDR?

Got my copy of Understanding Exposure in the mail yesterday, don't really have time to sit down with it until later on in the week though.

Getting my car detailed next week and i'm going to be taking a bunch of pictures before and after for the company, discounts are great.


also been playing with the aperature and shutter preference shooting modes like you suggested.

Have a few questions, the one picture you have across your rear decklid of the badge? is that just a low aperature and fast shutter to get that depth of field? and since we're on the topic of PL-CIR filters whats the difference between the "digital" 105 dollar one and the DSLR specific 35 dollar one?

what do you suggest as a good price range to look in.

I use a Hoya Pro1 DMC polarizing filter. Hoya and B+W are the top brands when it comes to any kind of filter.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is when you take a series of photos (usually 3-5) to capture the entire tonal (dynamic) range of the scene. Usually in a situation where there is a lot of both light and dark, the camera will usually only give priority to one. You could have a nicely exposed picture of the background, but your subject will be underexposed. With HDR, you expose for all the tonal areas (highlights, midtones, shadows), then merge them together using a software program into a single image. Mine is made up of 5 photos (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2). I've found than taking 5 photos instead of 3 really gives you a nicer result.

I got the effect in the pics of the rear decklid by shooting at a large aperture and a long focal length. The first one is f/4 at 200mm, and the second is f/4 at 176mm. f/4 isn't considered that large of an aperture, but when you shoot with it at higher focal lengths you can get some real nice bokeh (background blur).

The difference in the "digital filter" is that it's most likely multi-coated to help cut down on reflections and stray light. When buying filters, always go for the best you can afford. The cheapos will more than likely just make your image quality worse. A CPL will only work though if your lens has a non-rotating front element. If the front of the lens rotates when you focus, they won't work.

Here's where I go for all my photo-related needs.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

Cadillacboy
06-18-08, 05:49 PM
Cool pics, I will join in you too

gary88
06-18-08, 10:29 PM
Two more from today. I really need a CPL for my 70-200.

Both cars are dirty beyond belief

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_8480w.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_8497w.jpg

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-19-08, 08:34 PM
Gary, what type of camera are you using? Those pictures have an excellent exposure and they are so crisp its unbelievable.

gary88
06-19-08, 08:57 PM
Canon EOS Rebel XTi. The lens I used for those shots was the 70-200mm f/4L.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-19-08, 10:32 PM
Oh, isn't that a $1000 camera? Mine was about $400. Its some Nikon thing, cant remember the exact model. It takes great shots, but not as crisp as yours.

gary88
06-19-08, 11:02 PM
I paid $750 for it last year with the kit lens, now you can get one for $650.

The next step up is the 40D which I'll probably be buying soon. $1100, but you can get it for $890 with rebates until mid-July.

codewize
06-20-08, 03:56 PM
Where they shot on AUTO or something else? They are pretty nice shots for a lower end camera.

Not discrediting the Canon but it's not a hi end camera. I shoot with a Nikon D70. The original D70, and most of the time I love it but sometimes I look at the results with much aggravation.

The D70 has over 30k shots on it now and I'm currently using the 18-200 lens on it.

I'm trying to justify upgrading to a D300 but that's a pretty big leap. For a sub $1000 camera those are great shots.

gary88
06-20-08, 04:24 PM
Thanks. I shot them in manual using a custom white balance.

I'm trying to justify the Canon 5D over the 40D for my next camera. The 40D image quality is really no different from my XTi, just has more features/better body/better AF. The 5D on the other hand has superb IQ, but it's features are starting to look dated now.

RunningOnEMT
06-20-08, 04:29 PM
Where they shot on AUTO or something else? They are pretty nice shots for a lower end camera.

Not discrediting the Canon but it's not a hi end camera. I shoot with a Nikon D70. The original D70, and most of the time I love it but sometimes I look at the results with much aggravation.

The D70 has over 30k shots on it now and I'm currently using the 18-200 lens on it.

I'm trying to justify upgrading to a D300 but that's a pretty big leap. For a sub $1000 camera those are great shots.


thats the only logical next step up from what i have now (D60)

only one in the line that has the EXPEED processor for the noise reduction at high iso... at least in the nikon line... besides the D60

but at 1299 for the body alone, and me just starting out i'll learn on the D60 then upgrade end of next year

codewize
06-21-08, 12:21 AM
Ok now I'm convinced. I'm the only one I know who shoots on auto white balance and I'm the only one with less than great photos. Time to figure out whats going on.

Yeah the D300 is sweet. I had the pleasure of shooting with one for a whole day last week. Not for the faint of heart. If you're not familiar with a camera then the D300 is not for you. However, if you do have some background, it's a fantastic piece of equipment.

tman2093
06-21-08, 04:45 PM
Did a photoshoot of my 1999 STS. Pics were taken on and around the campus of my college, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In Front of a power substation at Homestead Park.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02922.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02923.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02924.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02925.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02926.jpg

in front of the CHPD building.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02927.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02928.jpg

In front of the iconic Old Well on campus
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02929.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02930.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02931.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02932.jpg

In front of Cobb Parking Deck
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02933.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02934.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02935.jpg

tman2093
06-21-08, 04:46 PM
In front of Gimghoul Castle, the only castle in North Carolina.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02936.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02937.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02938.jpg

In front of the Kenan Football Stadium.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/tman2093/1999%20STS/DSC02939.jpg

96Fleetwood
06-21-08, 05:59 PM
Nice Diamond White STS!

My "SS" wagon downtown:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_9597.jpg

tman2093
06-22-08, 04:52 PM
Thanks 96!

I love the SS Wagon, yours looks immaculate! Next time I find myself going to a big city I'll have to find a parking deck to shoot from!

Playdrv4me
06-22-08, 10:19 PM
Some impromptu shots I took of the XFire today. It rains everyday here in the summer so it's not even worth washing, but they still came out alright. Also, the sky was not as overcast as I'd prefer.

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7620-1/Crossfire+002sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7624-2/Crossfire+003sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7625-1/Crossfire+004sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7627-1/Crossfire+006sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7629-1/Crossfire+007sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7633-1/Crossfire+009sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7635-1/Crossfire+010sm.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/7637-1/Crossfire+011sm.jpg

gary88
06-23-08, 11:38 PM
Cleaned the interior of the Seville today and took some shots.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_8833w.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_8869w.jpg

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-24-08, 01:58 AM
Hey Gary, what is behind the little door in the passenger foot well? (Here come the smart ass answers; "Uhh, the boogie man!")

gary88
06-24-08, 02:28 AM
12V outlet

...and the boogey man :bonkers:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-24-08, 01:04 PM
Actually, it's the condom dispenser.

tman2093
06-24-08, 11:06 PM
Actually, it's the condom dispenser.


Only design flaw is most of mine end up a little crispy.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-08-08, 12:37 AM
Here's the best from the latest batch. I took these yesterday afternoon, on the nicest street in St. Paul. Summit Avenue.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2264.jpg
James J. Hill House in the backround. Biggest house in MN.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2271.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2270.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2273.jpg
Cathedral
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2274.jpg
Cathedral
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2275.jpg
Cathedral

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2277.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Bianca/July%206%202008/IMG_2281.jpg
I was going for that whole off-centered look.


Whaddya think? I like six and eight the most.

MauiV
07-08-08, 08:11 AM
I like the last one the most. The rest pretty much look like the car is in a parking spot. Give the wheels a little turn on some angles. Maybe turn the parking lights on in a few. Also remember that bright midday sun isnt always the best for pics. Late afternoon works quite well. Definate improvement too.