Note the sides on this vintage picture. You can also see the bad frisket around the logo on the hull. You can imagine that the sides were almost black and the hull needed to pop in the publication. Most likely a news paper that would have made a mess of the shot
I know many of you may be horrified when we retouch stuff in shots. For the record, we never change anything. We may adjust the color, or lighting, or de focus the background so the boat stands out. Sometimes there are plastic boats in the way, or the famous blue tarp crap on peoples docks. You would be surprised how many blue tarps are in shots. And that blue is unnatural and gets in the way of the boat showing off.
Here is todays header un touched. Now, this is an amazing shot all on its own, did not need retouching. But i did it to show the difference. Note the people in the background are now gone as is the red line, removed the reg numbers, and some small distractiing highlites on the lower side of the boat. Photo Dane Anderson.
But are we doing anything different than back in the day. No way! And far far far better I might add. Don’t get me wrong, its not about talent but more about technology. Back in the 30’s and 40’s heck through the 80’s it was all airbrush and layers of film. No photo went to publish without some retouching. One of the other uses of photoshop now is seeing how your boat may look with a name on it, or design, or color interior. a Either way no more bad moments at the paint shop or sign painter.
Here is Lil Suzy when we got ready to paint her. Trojan Hot Shot
What would it look like if the hull was painted?
Then what if we add in a mouth to take advantage of the Trojan shaped hull
Some cool type. This way you can design and see it all before you commit to paint.
The finished product ready to go behind the woody boater truck.
Or you can strip in your face into a classic shot!
Here is the original photo
This classic on a glance is no different, but….Yup, thats me and my wife as the ladies.. Twins!