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Old 09-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #76
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Awesome! I'll check it out! Looking for a great body shop to take it to!! I have some specs that seem to be in the clear coat from the tire shine the dealership used on it! I guess as I was traveling through the Midwest, that stuff kinda baked onto the back of the mirrors and the back quarter panel. I do not want to take it to my local dealerships body shop. I've had a previous dealing with Bravo Chevrolet's body shop that did some excellent work on a pickup I had. Anyone else know which GM body shops actually take pride in their work and are unbelievably awesome at it what they do?

Thanks!
Bravo is good from what I hear as well. They did some great work on Vince and Genny's ABM SS a while back.

Depends on how far you want to drive. Galles is the best GM Shop in Albuquerque hands down. Been going there forever and they never let me down. Something that I cannot say for any other GM Shop in town.

Now, if you want to go outside GM, then there are a slew of good shops up here.

Some of them are even owned by a couple guys who frequent the ABQ Cruising Thread! As lurkers al biet.

Porfie Maldonado at Reflective is fantastic.
Danny Bally is...well, Danny Bally.
Chris Loid of Loids

These are prolly the only three that Id go back to here locally. All have done great work for the folks here.

Hope that helps a little!
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:09 PM   #77
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:11 AM   #79
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:21 AM   #80
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Hey Lu . How did the one in the garage turn out of me. I was told by my a buddy of mine that some guy in a blask camaro set off all the alarms in the structure....LOL
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:06 PM   #82
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I don't think that I've ever seen Rick's RJT dirty.......like it never goes anywhere. I yurn for those days where I can actually not have to detail my ride the hour before I leave to go somewhere.

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:15 AM   #83
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Hey Lu . How did the one in the garage turn out of me. I was told by my a buddy of mine that some guy in a blask camaro set off all the alarms in the structure....LOL

Here is the trouble maker.


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Old 10-23-2012, 12:18 AM   #84
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #85
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Both good looking Camaros very clean. Johnny's red 33 Chevy lookin good too as always! Where was this at?
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #86
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trouble maker... not me. thanks nice pics as always
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LMAO.....Trouble maker....

Like any of you guys ever do anything to even cause any trouble. Pfffft!

Lu where you guys heading this week? I'm ready for some more of your awesome road trip pics you guys take!

Hope everybody is having a good week....wicked quiet lately. Makes you wonder who's awaiting parts and who's installling stuff. :ninja:

Love this time of year.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:03 AM   #91
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:24 PM   #92
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Caught Jason Leyba's car in the parking lot tonight on my Taco Bell run.....The MT's inspired me to start carrying my camera again. More to come in the next few days I'm sure.
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The MT's inspired me to start carrying my camera again.

it is always nice to have a camera on hand.... just in case a shot presents itself..


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This car looks like its sitting at the end of a runway ready for take off, I like!!!
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Really good shot Lu!! I like it.
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Thanks fellas, it was shot in the Lowes parking lot on Northern.

Went for some supplies and in my minds eye, saw a image.


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Thanks fellas, it was shot in the Lowes parking lot on Northern.

Went for some supplies and in my minds eye, saw a image.


Weird how that happens right.......awesome lot for shots.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:09 PM   #99
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Let's warm it up and get some critiques from El Maestro MT!

Captured a couple yesterday (and at the Fiesta).....right out of the Canon t2i. Full Manual. Forgot my CPL but shot anyway....

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Ok, you asked for it, the brutal truth.

Picture #1.

I really like the angle, and the composition, the leaves add a nice touch as well as the reflection. I like reflections and use many, so I don't always use a polarizer for that reason.

The focus seems a tad soft, my preference is a sharper image, near the fence and sky and some trees, the highlights are blownout, but the main subject is exposed much better, sometimes some blownout highlights can't be avoided, overall, I like this image.


Picture #2.

I like this shot, I like the background (though some might call it distracting, I dont), I like the stance of the car, but again the subject is on the soft side, would like to see a sharper subject, and I might have rotated the background clockwise a tad, to give the car a downward slope emphasizing some rake. Also you should have 'clone stamped' yourself out of the reflection in the car...


Picture #3.

A long exposure shot, I take it you used a tripod? shot is blurry, the 4th image is much better, though some of the ballons are a tad over exposed in my eyes.


Picture #5, your best of the set. Great angle/composition, and the subject is sharp with detail. I like getting down low and level with a car, as if I was a car looking at another car, especially the camaro as this angle tends to capture it's wonderfuly body lines. I don't like shots of somebody standing and shooting a car (as you often see at car meets), the photos tend to look exactly like that, somebody standing and taking a picture, rather, get on the cars level, as you did in picture #5. I say the same thing about shooting pets, get on their level, the output from your camera will be much more pleasing.

Now some of my comments are from my preferences, and are not right for everybody. I love vivid color, and I love a tact sharp subject, some might suggest my subjects are too sharp, and prefer a softer image, and thats okay. I am not saying I am right, just relaying my style a bit.

I tend to under expose images as opposed to over exposing. Over exposing often leads to blownout highlights which really means a loss of data, as there isn't any in the blownout area. For this reason I under expose but just a touch, as when one under exposes they invite noise in the shadow areas. Now the goal is obvioulsy a proper exposure, but I have always said photography is a game of tradeoffs, or compromises. Sometimes you just have to get blownout areas, or noisy shadows, depending on the shooting situation, as a shot is always better then no shot at all. I tend to shoot 3 - 5 images from the same angle (tripod always prefered if possible), adjusting my exposure in each one, then upon review in post processing I keep the best image.

Avoid 'cropping' as much as possible, as if you practice this you don't utualize the full resolution from your cameras sensor, and cropped images will tend to be fuzzy or soft depending on how much one crops, rather, try and compose/frame everything you want in a image from the shot, and simply resize that image in post processing. When I have to crop, I tend to want to use my Sony, as it's 24 megapixel sensor is more forgiving, and my Olympus 12 megapixel sesnor isn't.

pratice, practice, and most of all, have fun. If you are enjoying it, it will show in your images.

Our images are our footprints....


This one, shot a few nights ago, getting some night time practice with my Leica Summilux f/1.4 25mm prime.

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