Oh Red Corvette, How Hot You Are!
Another little HDR photo from this year’s Corvettes at Roscoe Village. To create a HDR photo, I photographed this red hot number with three exposures (normal exposure, over exposure, and under exposure) so I can merged them to create a basic HDR photo to work with.Post-processing:
To merged the three exposures, I first imported them into Adobe Lightroom CC and then used the Merge to HDR function. Once the HDR photo was created, I went into the Basic panel and applied a few simple adjustments: Clarity +38 and Vibrance +26. Then I move to the Tone Curve panel and since the Lightroom Merge to HDR tends to make the photo too bright for my tastes, I lowered the Lights slider to -83 (it was very very bright). Next, I headed to my favorite plugin, Color Efex Pro 4 to refine the photo more.
Opening into the plugin Color Efex Pro 4, I used the following filters: Detail Extractor (Fine at 70& opacity), Bi-Color Filters (Violet/Pink 2 at 21% opacity), Color Stylizer (Soft Sepia at 48% opacity), Contrast Color Range (Blue preset and applied only to the car), and Vignette Lens (Off-center preset / Amount -18% / Rectangle shape / Size 75%). Once done, I headed to Adobe Photoshop to make a couple of final touchups. First, I used a Curve adjustment layer to darken it some including the front tire and added a Iris Blur effect. And finally removed the man in the right side of the photo.Left:
The final post-processed HDR photo.Right:
The original HDR merged photo I started with. #beforeandafter #postprocessing #corvette #carshow #sportscar #corvettesatroscoevillage #everythingred #allthingsred #automotivephotography