Canon 5D Mark 2, 24-105mm 1:4 lens. Photoshop CS5
1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special
Photography can be like a treasure hunt. It’s a search for the special object or place and finding your own unique way of presenting it to the world. I love fifties era Cadillac cars and I’ve always wanted to shoot a 1958 model, but they are hard to come by. This Fleetwood Sixty Special has more chrome then just about anything that ever rolled off of the Detroit assembly line. I saw it earlier this summer at a car show, but as is so often the case the hood was open for judging and I couldn’t locate the owner to close it. A couple of weeks ago i saw it again at a show in Simsbury Connecticut, but once again the hood and truck were up. To my good fortune later in the day the owner closed then and I had my opportunity. It was a clear blue sky day so I got nice deep reflections in the car paint. I had to do some cloning and painting to take out reflections of people in the car doors, but after 150 cars I’ve learned how to do that. I place the car into a wide open spacious shoot in Death Valley California. Notice that I placed a reflection of the distant mountains into the car doors. This is the big one I’ve been fishing for and I stuffed and mounted it for your viewing pleasure.