Danny worked really hard for hours to get a really good finish on this van. It took me about 20 minutes to get a good finish on him!
This was shot with the available light in a car park in East Grinstead, Sussex, and exposed for the skin tone of his upper arm. It was shot raw, as all my work is, to gain the greatest amount of image information in the file. That way I know there is lots more detail in the file that can be brought out in processing if need be.
It was first processed in camera raw. I raised the blacks and adjusted the overall tones. In Photoshop I used a plugin called Topaz Adjust to bring out the detail in the reflection. This adjustment was on it’s own layer so that I could mask off the areas of the image other than the red van. Then I adjusted the opacity of this layer to get the result you see above.
By request I’ve added the straight out of camera jpg with no processing at all other than resizing for the web.
Looks to me like he missed a bit.