Since I hadn’t been to RJay’s Speed Shop before I made sure to check the facilities out while we were there. They build a bunch of their own parts that then get sold to other retailers and they carry just about everything that it takes to build your hot rod.
The show was titled Burnouts For Brice, the facebook event page had this to say: “We will be having a benefit car show for Brice Eidson who is a great young boy fighting leukemia. All proceeds will go to help cover hospital cost. So come out and have a great time.”
In total near 100 cars showed up and raised nearly $2000. RJay’s made a small burnout pad of concrete and a few of the show goers pulled up to see what kind of clouds they could produce.
RJay’s Speed Shop has been a sponsor of royboyproductions.com for a few months, but I’ve been friends with RJay’s main man Cory for a couple of years. When he invited me to a show at his new location I thought it would be a great opportunity to check out his shop and give you some show coverage from a new event.
The day started at 7am with me running out to my Dad’s to borrow his truck and one of his trailers. He purchased an early 50’s Chevy Truck cab from a buddy of mine that lived along my route to the Adrian, MO home of RJay’s Speed Shop. After the Indy trip last week I was a bit short on funds, but since it had been 8 months or so since Dad bought the cab it was about time that we pick it up and drag it home. So with his gas card in my pocket and his F250 loaded with my camera equipment, girlfriend and her son, we were off!
After the stop at Neal’s shop to pick up the truck cab we made our way over to Adrian and found RJay’s. There were almost 100 cars on hand and the show raised almost $2k for the charity. Click here to learn more about the event and the cause.
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Photo editing is a major part of my process. Over the years I’ve learned things that I like and don’t like composition wise and I’ve learned to take better photos but the editing is always an important part of my workflow. I shoot in RAW for the greatest flexibility in editing, both now and in the future. The file sizes are huge and on my old computer were pretty taxing, the newer Mac Mini I built is much faster. I thought I’d give you a basic example of what comes out of the camera vs. the basic edits that I do and then a bit wilder edit. For a few years I’ve used Apple’s Aperture software as both a photo library and to do basic editing, but for more advanced edits I’ll routinely fly photos out into Photoshop, Perfect Effects, or Snapseed to get the look I am going after.
Basic Camera Shot
This shot is an outtake from a shoot of Doug Reed’s 49 Olds “Toad” that I was lucky enough to shoot for Car Kulture Deluxe magazine.
Some basic editing done here. I have certain presets that I use for different lens usage. They richen the colors , sometimes deepen the contrast, add a basic vignette (sometimes), and on this image I edited out some things that annoyed me, a lonely rock here or there, the end of some railroad rails that stuck into the bottom of the image, just small things to clean up.
Usually this is an artistic process that is different for each photo.