Zooming Graffiti Bus

Zooming Graffiti Bus HDR

Zooming Graffiti Bus ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Phtotography

I photographed the colorful Graffiti Bus at the Trains & Trolleys graveyard while on a Roamin with Roman photo excursion. The bus is completely decorated with graffiti art and when I was photographing it as well as when I was processing the HDR exposures, it evoked a feeling of a massive color explosion.

At the time when I was at the graveyard the lighting was harsh which of course created a very high contrasty scene. Therefore an in camera zoom/spin blur was not an option for me. But thinking digitally as I often do, I knew at the time that I could achieve that look in my digital darkroom.

So after tone-mapping the exposures using Unified HDR Express, I decided to apply the Motion Blur filter in Topaz Lens Effects plugin for Photoshop. I wanted to give the image a look that more closely resembled my feelings of a color explosion.

Graffiti HDR Bus

Graffiti HDR Bus ©2011 Susan Candelario SDC Phtotography

As usual I appreciate and thank you very much for your comments and feedback and always love to hear what you have to say.


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  • Oscar Dulzaides - Wow. With all the colors and the zoom effect it’s like you captured a piece of the 60’s. Great application of the right special effects.

  • Fred - Love the original but the zoom blur effect really took this over the top. Very cool!

  • Rebecca - Groovy came to mind when I first saw this. The richness in the colors rule.

  • Christopher - It’s really awesome.

  • Linda - This is so cool. Great colors and effect! You are way too talented, artistic and creative, Susan!

  • Tom Babich - Now that’s what I call a graffiti bus! Amazing! Well done as always!

  • Roman Kurywczak - I was wondering what you were working on! You gave the bus a very cool look with the zoom! I think the models are going to add a nice extra on this next workshop!

  • Betty - Hi Susan,

    Sooo cool! Like it? I friggin LOVE it. Wish I could go on Dec 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully, I can go to the next one.

  • Susan Candelario - Hi guys,
    Thanks for your kind comments and feedback! I very much appreciate it.

  • Bob Sayegh - One thing is certain: you can’t take a boring picture. Both versions of the bus are exciting.

  • Nick Palmieri - It just keeps getting better! Love the colors and the effects.

  • Bob - wow, the first image looks like you captured the bus as it was traveling down the road

  • Dave Mills - Hi, the zoom blur even accentuates the color. Nicely handled!

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