Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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37 Ford Pickup

'37 Ford Pickup

 

I think that I might be a little cramped for head room in this old pickup. I’m not a big fan of the chopped top, because I like to sit up and be comfortable, but there is no denying that this is one good looking truck. It’s a very clean appearance and well presented. The gap around the the custom door frame is even all of the way around. I didn’t check underneath but I’m sure there is an adjustable suspension (air or hydraulic) to lift this baby off the pavement.

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Deep Purple

Deep Purple

 

The extended head light eyebrows on this customized 1955 Mercury add an air of mystery to the intense color of this car. The massive chrome bumper adds a weightiness to the front end of a vehicle that has had much of the other chrome trim removed. The fish eye effect of the corner of the bumper gives a view of the street life on show day.

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32 Ford Custom Rod

32 Ford Custom Rod

This 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan was one of my favourite vehicles from the Taber Cornfest Show and Shine. It was well done without anything looking over done or to excess. Everything contributed to the car as a whole. I liked the clean lines, the simple paint and the somewhat understated feel to the vehicle.

I first thought the black car would look good done in a black and white treatment but it felt lacking. The pop of the yellow wheels in the original color image was very attractive. So, at the risk of being ridiculed by my monochrome purist buddies, I dropped my bias against over done Selective Color and used it on the wheels and pinstripe. I had to go back to the RAW image and check to find out that only the upper of the two fine lines of the pinstripe was yellow, the bottom being white. Another example of the attention to details that the owner has made on this fine Street Rod.

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Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

 

The Pink Cadillac is a cultural icon, whether because of the 1989 Pink Cadillac Movie starring Clint Eastwood or the 1984 Pink Cadillac song by Bruce Springsteen, I’m not sure. I do know that the huge 59 Caddy is a whole lot of pink. So I thought I’d leave you with just the amazing bullet tail lights.

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’59 Tailfins

'59 Tailfins

 

Well, tailfin at least. The 1959 Cadillac has the record for the largest tail fins of any automobile. It is one of the reasons why this model is prized by collectors. The distinctive twin bullet taillights are unique to the 59 as well.

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1970 Olds 442

1970 Olds 442

 

The 442 was a bit of an anomaly in the Oldsmobile line up. It was full on factory muscle car from a brand without a sporty image. This one is a prime example of a second generation 442 based on the popular Cutlass model.

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GMC Suburban Carrier Pickup

GMC Carrier Pickup

 

The GMC Suburban Carrier and it’s sister the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup truck were revolutionary in their time. They were one of the first to have full length styling to the back of the pickup box. The car type rear taillights were quite the departure from the plain taillights and rear ends of previous models. These trucks included full width styled front and rear bumpers. The fenders were also unique. They were made from fibreglass, at the same plant that made fibreglass parts for the Chevy Corvette.

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1950 Chevy 5 Window Pickup

1950 Chevy 5 Window Pickup

 

One of my favourite pickups, the Chevrolet Advance Design series speaks to me of the post-war era. It was GM’s first major redesign project after World War II in 1947, and the same basic design family was used for all of Chevy and GMC branded trucks. True aficionados can tell by minor changes to small items as to what year these pickup were made. Column shifters instead of the floor, hood emblems, driver side cowl vent, vent windows, push button rather than twist door handles, and in the penultimate year (1954) a one piece windshield.

Black and white seemed to be the way to go with this all black pickup. Even the white wall tires pointed the way for post processing.

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El Camino!

El Camino!

 

El Camino, Spanish for “the way”, Chevrolet’s car-truck speaks of the open road. Based on the Chevy Chevelle, the El Camino is mostly a two door Chevelle minus a back seat and trunk, replaced with a pickup box. Introduced in 1959 to compete with the Ford Ranchero, they were only produced for two years. Brought back in 1964 the El Camino remained in the Chevrolet line up until 1987. They had the versatility of a pickup and the nicer ride of a car.

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Ahead Of The Crowd

Ahead Of The Crowd

 

Early Pontiacs were famous for their Indian head emblems and hood ornaments. The brand, named after Pontiac the eighteenth century Indian chief, was known for Indian related car names and insignia. The mid 1950’s saw the adoption of the airplane hood ornaments and by 1959 the Indian head motif was retired in favour of the new Arrowhead design. The Arrowhead logo was used until GM retired the entire brand in 2009.

The owner wasn’t around when I took this picture but I later determined that this one is a 1937 Pontiac.

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Model A Temp Gauge

Model A Temp Gauge

 

In a world of multitaskers, this deserves a least an honourable mention. It is an aftermarket product available for your Model A Ford. It is a fancy looking hood ornament, the radiator cap and the coolant temperature gauge. Of course it screws down on top of the radiator, and the white line that you can see on this side is actually a thermometer that drops down into the fluid. The driver can read the scale from the other side to see how hot the engine is operating. There are a number of hood ornaments Model A owners used but I think this one is the most useful.

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Buffalo Park Permit

Park Permit

 

From 1924 to 1940, if you bought an annual National Park permit, you received a badge to attach to your radiator or later to the top of you license. The emblems alternated between brass, copper and aluminum making it easier to differentiate current permits.

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Car Shows For All

Old Ford Dually Super Cab

Summer is a great time for car shows, and car shows are a great opportunity for photography. There are often interesting and photogenic vehicles. The owners usually enjoy talking about the the various customizations that they have done on their vehicles. The above Ford pickup from the 1940’s didn’t come from the factory as a Super Cab, nor was it born with dual rear wheels. This custom also has a modern engine and running gear. Check out the next car show in your area to see what you can find.

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The Real Power Wagon

The Real Power Wagon

I’m sure this is one of my wife’s favorite vehicles from the Didsbury Show and Shine. She really likes the old trucks and this one is a beauty. I took a different approach to this image. I did a single frame HDR in Photomatix and did the conversion there. I brought it back into Nikon Capture NX2 and did a Darken/Lighten Center from Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0, and added a couple of Color Control Points to selectively brighten and increase contrast. Then I exported a .jpg file and opened the image in Nik Snapseed. Then added a frame, which I thought added a rustic quality to the picture, which went well with the old stake bed truck.

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Chevrolet Street Rod

Chevrolet Street Rod

This time an early thirties Chevrolet fits the bill. The old Chevy has a more modern V8 engine under the hood and the understated black with the flame stripes go perfectly with the style. This time the businessman’s coupe beside the Chev was the distraction. The bright red color kept attracting my eye. In black and white, the Chevy is still the black color it was but all other color distractions are removed. I used very high contrast settings to show off the deep shine on that paint job.

This image started out as a five frame HDR saved as a .tif file. I brought the HDR back into Nikon Capture NX2, made some adjustments and converted to black and white saved as a . nef file.

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Model A Hot Rod

Model A Street Rod

This week, I’m featuring three black and white images from the Didsbury Show and Shine on May 12, 2012. The older cars with lots of chrome seem particularly suited to monochrome conversion. This is a lovely old Ford Model A that has a more modern powertrain. The color is an electric green color that jumps right out at you. I found it a little over powering and thought the black and white would be the ticket.

This image started out as a five frame HDR saved as a .tif file. I brought the HDR back into Nikon Capture NX2, made some adjustments and converted to black and white saved as a . nef file.

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Black Chevy

Black Chevy

Another beautiful car from the 1930’s, this Chevrolet has been lovingly restored to original by it’s owner. The deep black finish is so shiny, you can see a Nash reflected in the mirror like sheen.

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Red Pontiac

Pontiac

Another image from the photowalk hosted by Mike Fitton and me in Didsbury at their annual Show and Shine. I have some history with the Didsbury Show and Shine. When working in Didsbury, I started volunteering with the Show and Shine committee from 1996 to 2003. While working in various capacities, from event planning to vehicle judging, I encountered many fine examples of classic automobiles. The Pontiac featured here is one of the finest. I believe that it is about a 1938 Pontiac De Luxe 2 Door Sedan. The chrome on this beauty is just superb, a real job well done.

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Custom Chevy Pickup

Custom 1972 Chevrolet Pickup

I was shooting mostly five frame brackets at the Didsbury Show And Shine on our photowalk there. This one was no exception. After running the 5 images through Photomatix, I found the image to be quite unbalanced. The front part of the pickup was cool and even until you got past the driver’s door. where the light reflecting from the brick buildings was leaving a red color cast on the rear pickup box. I applied some cooling to the back of the pickup and some warming to the front of the truck. I also desaturated some of the crowd to make them to look more natural. The shadows were quite deep on a single frame, so I tried to keep a distinct shadow in the blended image.

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Model A Temperature Gauge

Temperature Gauge

On a Ford Model A, the radiator cap was also the hood ornament, this in turn was optionally the temperature gauge. I found this out when working with a friend of mine, helping him restore his Model A. The mechanism is quite simple, a thermometer goes down the hood ornament into the coolant, where it reports the temperature. There is a scale on the driver’s side to show the actual reading. When the thermometer reaches the window opening, the heat is in the high range. The wings on the side are not just ornamental, they also help provide leverage when loosening the rad cap.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 24-70mm @70mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 200, hand held

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