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Texas Car Show Babe

This is one of my latest photo-graphic-composites. The photo of the car was taken at a car show in South Texas – the beautiful model was added later. I used Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor programs to create the image. – ©MVM Images

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‘Hot Texas Cowgirl’

Here is a new photo-composite-graphic. “Hot Texas Cowgirl” was created from a car show image that I took in South Texas a while back and the beautiful cowgirl was added later. The sky was replaced and the color saturation enhanced. I use a Canon T5 camera along with Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor programs.

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‘Hot Day in Texas’

This image titled “Hot Day in Texas” is a bit more risqué than some of my previous ones. Isn’t it amazing that the sexy images get a lot more traffic than my political rants? Not surprising, I’d rather look at the pictures myself. As in the past, the photo of the truck was taken at a car show in South Texas – the fellows on the other side of the truck were judging the truck. I’m sure that if this wasn’t a composite and if the beautiful girl had actually been there, the vehicle would have no doubt won the show. I used Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor (applying the HDR affect) to create this image.
(c) MVM Images (a.k.a. Bude Lepsi)

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‘Sweet Yellow’

Sweet Yellow,” is one of my newest graphic-photo-composites. The image of the classic car was taken at a car show in South Texas. I completely removed the background and replaced it with black. The model is the beautiful Anna Komis – she has been in several of my other graphics. I used Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor programs to create this image. – Bude Lepsi (a.k.a. MVM Images)

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Car Show Beauty

One of my newest graphic-photo-composites. The photo of the car was taken at a car show in South-Central Texas. The model was added later. I used Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor programs to create this image. – Bude Lepsi (a.k.a. MVM Images)

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Simple tips for taking (making) a photo – Tip #2 – Night photography

I intend to make these photo tips a regular feature on this blog. So first, let me give you a little background on my photography experience. I have been a photographer, both professionally and semi-professionally, for over 50 years, yes I am an old dude. I like to think that in all those years I have learned a little something – I am self taught for the most part. I have owned a studio and I have worked out of my home, I have photographed more weddings than I care to remember – I have shot graduations, proms, portraits, and chased kids with Easter bunnies. I have survived the ordeal of trying to photograph a screaming kid who was scared to death of Santa. Back in the day, I was even a rodeo photographer. And, I have also worked with female models doing glamour photography. OK now that I have given you my background, let’s dive into the aforementioned “tips.”

Tip #2 – Night Photography (For inanimate objects – not people)

Back in the days of film cameras, taking pictures at night presented a very tricky situation. In this tip, I will be telling you how I use digital cameras to perform this task. First of all, put your camera on a tripod – it is very important that your camera has a very steady base from which to work. When I first started taking night shots of buildings, I waited until it was totally dark, but that is not the best way. To retain detail in

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Courthouse – Hallettsville, Texas

the surrounding area, go just after sunset while there is still some ambient light and color in the sky. After you have your camera set up and locked down on the tripod, compose your image through the viewfinder. Focus setting: I will normally set the camera to manual focus, or you can use auto focus if it will do so under the lighting conditions, but if you do use this method, be sure and put the lens back to manual focus afterwards to keep it from changing. Exposure setting: Put the camera in the aperture priority mode. You will want to use the smallest aperture setting (this will be the highest number such as F-16 if possible). The higher number F-Stops will insure that the foreground and background remain sharp. Depending on your camera, a shutter speed will be automatically selected to obtain the correct exposure, it will be extremely slow to correspond with the aperture you selected (i.e. F-16) – if your camera won’t reach a slow enough shutter speed for correct exposure, simply start backing down on your F-stop setting (i.e. F-8) until your camera tells you’ve reached the proper exposure. Once the camera tells you the proper exposure has been reached, remember the F-stop setting and the shutter setting. Go to manual exposure and lock those readings in – after that is done, I always extend my shutter speed one setting slower than what the  camera says is perfect (i.e. if the camera says 10 seconds, I set to 15 seconds.) I do this because if you just go by what the camera meter is telling you, only the lights will be properly exposed and you won’t have any detail in the building itself (i.e. brick, wood, etc.) One other thing, keep your lens cap or something else handy to cover the lens in case a car drives by with its lights hitting your lens (this always happens to me). If the cars are going away from you, you will have red light streaks in you image, and I always liked that effect. In the sample photo of the Lavaca County (Texas) Courthouse, I used the procedure that I have outlined above. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section. – MVM Images

Well bye, ‘Curly Bill’

All my graphics aren’t just about women and cars – yep, I like to do other things as well. I made this one a few years back of one of my favorite actors, Powers Boothe. He recently passed away – in this image he is playing the part of outlaw “Curly Bill,” in one of my favorite western movies, Tombstone. – Bude Lepsi (a.k.a. MVM Images)

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One-Eyed Monster

OK, this is the kind of stuff I do when I’m bored. This one was created using Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor programs. – Bude Lepsi (a.k.a. MVM Images)

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Hot Rod Baby

This is another in the latest of my graphic-compositions. I photographed the car at a show in South Texas. The model was added later. Using Photoshop Elements 11 and Smart Photo Editor. – Bude Lepsi (a.k.a. MVM Images)

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