My Love Affair with Buicks

I have a long-time love affair with Buicks. Not so much the newer cars, after they broke my heart in 1999 by discontinuing the Rivera I’ve found it difficult to get excited by their more recent (and I think boring) offerings. It all begin back in the late ’40’s or early ’50’s—I’m not sure— when my Uncle Harry paid me one dollar to wash his yellow 1948 Buick convertible every Saturday. Nobody in the family owned an interesting car like this; heck, my Dad didn’t even own a car. Although I never owned a Buick, I ended up loving all kinds of Buick automobile from the classics to the Roadmaster to the GFX to the Grand National, including the one shown below.


Many digital SLRs have built-in monochrome modes and some even have other kinds of cpature modes (Canon calls the Picture Styles” that enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors look less vibrant producing and old-fashioned with a kind of hand-colored look—all in camera. This beautiful old Buick was custom built for the former Shah of Iran—that ain’t chrome, it’s silver—and is now in a private collection. It was photographed with a Canon EOS 50D in Nostalgia mode with an exposure of 1/40 sec at f 3.2 at ISO 800.

In addition to the Picture Styles that are built into Canon digital SLRs, you can download others from the company’s website and load them into internal slots that are reserved for “user defined” styles. The Nostalgia Picture Styles, for example, produces desaturated colors, except yellow for some reason, and works great for portraits and landscapes that, as its name implies, that evoke an earlier time. These are more austere tones that have reduced vividness and contrast create images with a distant, quiet feel.