Mar 072011

As much as I enjoy using the high contrast B&W scenic mode of the Ricoh GRD III, there are times when it doesn’t quite deliver the goods. I happened across an American classic car the other day parked in King Street, Riverside. It looked such a mean machine that I was drawn to it instantly.

My first shot was captured in RAW and converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro in Photoshop CS3. The red filter was applied to preserve details in the sky.

Ford Fairlane. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

The second shot was taken in the high contrast B&W mode.

Ford Fairlane. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

I was surprised at the way the sky and background was blown out in the high contrast mode, which I feel lessens the overall ambience of the shot, although the car looks good.

The car had no badges or marques and it was thanks to people on Blipfoto and my brother-in-law that I finally managed to find out the make and model of this car.

It is a 1957 customized Ford Fairlane and these types of cars are often referred to as “lead sleds”. Lead sleds have all  side mouldings shaved off and filled, as well as having the suspension lowered. They are built for style rather than speed.