I shot a photograph of this Jaguar F-Type R Coupe at the Auto Expo 2014, which was held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, India, last month. While I had shot a lot of photographs in first the couple of days of Auto Expo, this photograph has managed to capture my interest the most.
I shot this photograph after the end of first day, when tiredly we were walking towards the exit gate and found this beautiful car alone at the Jaguar Booth.
Even though original photograph had come out nice enough to be posted online, without any major editing, I decided to go the extra mile for it.
In Photoshop CC, I imported two RAW conversions; one with accurate exposure of the car and one that was darkened by 5 stops. Then I stacked the dark exposure over the normal exposure and used layer mask to reveal the car, while keeping the background dark (you can find step by step process here).
While doing all this required the maximum effort and time I have ever spent editing an image (I rarely spend more than 30-40 seconds editing my RAW files), I feel it was well worth the effort.
Please let me know your views on the image by commenting below and if you have tips or advices, I would be glad to read them as well.