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Old 04-21-2009, 10:48 AM   #21
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Color photography was always problematic until the early to mid 70's. The emulsion layers were always wandering somewhere off their intended spectrum. The images faded badly and no one took it very seriously until after about 1976. I agree that the images have an amazing look now, but that's most likely after years of light and or several generations removed from the original as well as old printing inks. We can only emulate that "patina of life" and enjoy it for what it is now. I always say "thank God for photographers and their images". Of course being one and teaching it for almost forty years has nothing to do with my prejudices.......nice post Ryan
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:49 AM   #22
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gotta love the 60's T's.

just makes you wonder what happened to T's in the 70's. 70's was a bad time for T's
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:50 AM   #23
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I think that Petersen was one of the first publishing companies to go to the offset color printing process. Be interested to know how many full color ads were in those issues (not counting Detroit). I used to have some color keys of HRM covers that got lost over the years.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:05 AM   #24
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Ryan... you know I love this post.
Also, this look can still be obtained by using certian types of FILM (usually expired) and processing.
Here's one of Monkey's T from the drags last year:

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Old 04-21-2009, 11:09 AM   #25
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Ryan... you know I love this post.
Also, this look can still be obtained by using certian types of FILM (usually expired) and processing.
Here's one of Monkey's T from the drags last year:

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it would be easy to do it digitally also. then you put a white border around it with a date like they did with prints in the old days
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:31 AM   #26
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Damn Ryan, you been hittin a nerve with every TJJ post lately. It's that look, the vibe, and yes the people and the clothes. All of it. Stuff like this is what molded many a young aspiring hotrodder. Thanks man, I needed that today.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:45 AM   #27
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Yeah, I'm in love with this period as far as design and creativity... Just so wonderful... like alice and wonderland kind of... But, I've never really been so up on it that I wanted to do a car from that perspective.

That said, I LOVE this little '32:

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Old 04-21-2009, 11:50 AM   #28
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Ryan ... Cool post ... I dig me some "CHROMES" (KODA & EKTA)




Dan Hay ... Be sure to check out Speedwagen's "Do you recognise this T" thread (just click HERE).
Wow, thanks, I missed that thread somehow...
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:58 AM   #29
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Ryan the pics look great, you sure have a great collection of rodding history!
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:11 PM   #30
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The composition and lighting are great. I would like to know what their setup was. I'm thinking if they were cover shots they used a 2 1/4 camera, a Rolleiflex or maybe a Hasselblad, with a big bulb flash to soften the shadows and brighten the faces. Technically classic portrait shots. Great stuff.

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Old 04-21-2009, 12:26 PM   #31
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Cool. There is some charm to old photos that just don't come through with today's equipment. I am sure the film and cameras had a lot to do with that, but maybe even the fact that people just had a different perspective on things as well and saw things just a bit differently than we do now.

And nice to finally see an actual period Studebaker truck Custom and a pretty nice one to boot. They are some what popular now, but pretty hard to find an old custom.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:39 PM   #32
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See,... not everyone was a teenager back in those days!
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:49 PM   #33
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For me the early to mid-sixties is the golden era for hot rods. These pictures are great!
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:32 PM   #34
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It's cool that most of the photos have people in them (We will assume some of them are the owners) not just models, not that there is anything wrong with that but it adds some interest.
That 37 Ford is cool and that mean blue supercharged Ford would probably give grown men nightmares!
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:37 PM   #35
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Ryan, I think some cool pics of your Wife's Wagon done in the same manner as the originals would be rad. That color that is used on the wagon would look great on saturated film as shown in your JJ images.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:21 PM   #36
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Those pics look great! nothing looks better than some vintage color photography. Thank you!
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:32 PM   #37
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I do like the atmosphere of those old rod photos, remind me a bit of Andy Southard's books which are never far away when I need alittle inspiration.

I'll have the 29 roadster pickup too if you don't mind>
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:32 PM   #38
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it would be easy to do it digitally also. then you put a white border around it with a date like they did with prints in the old days
Any tips on how to do this digitally? I don't really have any photo editing skills myself.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:00 PM   #39
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Any tips on how to do this digitally? I don't really have any photo editing skills myself.
Border helps as mentioned.
Also... play with polarizing filters, desaturation filters and bump the reds and greens a bit.

Here's a couple of quick photoshopped digis...

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Old 04-21-2009, 03:05 PM   #40
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I think it's really hard to pull off digitally and be convincing... A lot of elements give it that warmth. I've tried and have failed miserably. Mr. Hank Cash is closer than I got for sure.
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