The Plymouth Prowler, later the Chrysler Prowler like the car below, is a retro-styled production automobile that was manufactured in 1997 and then again from 1999-2002 by (the then) DaimlerChrysler. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Prowlers but once again, I’ve never owned one or even driven one. They were wonderfully stylish but slow cars that had performance that don’t live up to what the looks promise. Nevertheless, I still love’em.
The below image was shot with an Olympus E-M10 Mark I with Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 lens and an exposure of 1/5o sec at f/10 and ISO 320. Speaking of exposure…
One of the best film emulation software products I’ve found is Alien Skin’s Exposure and they’ve rolled out the latest iteration that more and more takes on the mantle as an image editor that’s been specifically designed for accurate film emulation.Exposure X2’s more than 500 presets emulate the iconic black and white and color films from Daguerreotype to modern portrait films like Kodak Portra. Additional presets like Lo-Fi, faded, and cross-processing offer a palette blend of effects. Me? I especially like the Cinema effects that can be found under the Color tab. You can customize each one, then add it to your library.
Exposure X2’s creative editing tools include color toning, exposure, sharpening, and saturation and you can refine your images using spot healing and brushing, stack layers for endless looks and apply a variety of special effects. You can even apply overlays like light leaks, textures, and borders. Download the free trial and try it on your own images.
I’ve written a small Book How I Photograph Cars that’s available through Blurb and is a concise look at how to make great car photographs under all kinds of lighting and working conditions.