Dark Oldsmobile

My post-processing work on this roll of overexposed Tri-X really blackened the blacks and created compelling highlights. This room, the giant West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, uses both fluorescent overhead lights and large, high windows to light the space. It makes for the most compelling indoor lighting every year at the Mecum car auction.

I forget what color this circa-1950 Oldsmobile is — forest green, maybe — but in Tri-X’s world, it’s India ink. The domed roof, upright greenhouse, and hipped transition to the lower body create good opportunity for all that light to reflect.

Last updated on 3 March 2020 by Jim Grey

Old Cars, Photography

Captured: Looking into an Oldsmobile

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