1962 Ford Thunderbird

There were so many wonderful shots to be had in the junk yard that we visited Saturday that I’m actually having a hard time choosing the images to post! Today’s image is of what I think is a 1962 Ford Thunderbird. The iconic “Thunderbird” hood emblem gives away that much but the year was a little more difficult to identify. I knew what the 1950’s Thunderbird looked like (come on … who hasn’t seen American Graffiti!) and I knew what the late 1970’s models looked like so that narrowed the Google searches down to about a fifteen year period.

Throughout the day, I tried to keep a wide angle and get as close as possible to accentuate the size of the features on these cars and to add a bit of distortion. The cars were packed so tightly that I was also trying to keep the focus on the car I was shooting by having the aperture wide open to help create a shallow depth of field. By setting up fairly close to the Thunderbird I hope I created just enough distortion to draw attention the large hood that was found on most cars of the era.

Camera settings: Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens, 18mm, ISO100, f/3.5, 9-brackets

Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro, Photoshop Elements

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  1. Willson @ Car News H June 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM #

    oh wonderful
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  2. James Howe September 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM #

    So sad to see a T-bird in this condition, but nicely captured!
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  3. Charles Dastodd June 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM #

    awesome HDR! very fine work :)

  4. John Davenport June 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM #

    It’s truly amazing how photographic other people’s junk can be! This is an excellent perspective great work! :)

  5. Jan Winther June 15, 2011 at 9:14 AM #

    Great shot. The grime on the hood really pops.

  6. Scott Ackerman June 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM #

    Sweet framing. Really feels like I’m there checking out the car about ready to pop the hood.

  7. Jason June 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM #

    That perspective is just awesome man! Great work!

  8. Mike Olbinski June 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM #

    Very cool, I like the comp!

  9. Jim Nix June 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM #

    Rust + HDR = winner every time! well done Curt, looks great!

  10. Chris Nitz June 14, 2011 at 7:07 AM #

    This is cool. I like the little bit of color on the hood ornament, and your framing is great. Nice work!

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