I fell in love with this gorgeous 1951 Mercury Coupe Convertible built by Dick Dean that I spotted in the showroom at Icon Motoring in Laguna Niguel when I was there for 4x4s and Coffee last month. I grabbed a quick shot even though the light was absolutely terrible with harsh overhead flourescent lights and windows directly behind the car. Add in the fact that there were other vehicles everywhere and the reflections were hideous and you have extremely challenging conditions for decent photography. Since I was there to shoot the off road rigs outside the building I didn't have any of the gear I would bring for an interior shot. But how could I resist this beauty?
I spotted the shot on my hard drive this morning and decided to play with it a bit. I could work on cleaning up the reflections in the windshield and of the other car in the rear half, but the passenger side front bumper picked up a funky matte gray reflection that looked like it was painted on (I actually had to double check to make sure it wasn't a masking mistake on my part). There is no way I can make matte gray look like shiny chrome so I decided it wasn't worth the time to do any more editing. It's a practice image and nothing more.
The car is still a incredible beauty and a good example of how to create a gorgeous photo of an automobile even in the toughest shooting environment.