2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition – 2013 LA Auto Show

Fiat 500 1957 Edition with Samantha Skowronek

Samantha Skowronek with the 2014 Fiat 500 ’57 Edition at 2013 LA Auto Show

The 2013 LA Auto Show is in full swing this week and one of the highlights is the new 2014 Fiat 500, a 1957 retro edition. As always, the Fiat viewing area was unique. This year the featured vehicle had a backdrop that included the Hollywood sign, downtown LA skyline, City Hall and LAX. Overall it made for a pretty good promotional photo setting.

No, I don’t work for Fiat, but I did admire the setup. The presentation was well thought out. It didn’t matter which angle you took a photo, it was going to look like a magazine ad.

As for the car, well it’s retro. By that I mean it’s small, cute and reminds me of a 1950’s toaster. I don’t mean that in a bad way, small is always good when trying to find a parking space in Los Angeles! Plus, the gas mileage isn’t bad either, 40 MPG. I’d say that’s pretty good.

Expect to see these on the road in the Spring of 2014.

LA Auto ShowWhile I was taking the photo above, my friend Ignacio was observing the new Jeep Cherokee (right).

He had a puzzled look. Later saying that the new design made it look more as a crossover suv than a traditional Cherokee. And that it may appeal to a wider demographic, but some of the die hard Cherokee fans may not approve of this new redesign.

Seems like he was right, because Edmunds also called it a “small crossover SUV”.

In the end we had a fun time at the 2013 LA Auto Show. I was accompanied by Ignacio and JC.  We beat the crowds, traffic and amusement park priced food, but overall it was worth it.

The 2013 LA Auto Show runs until through December 1, 2013.

Below is a video by Kelly Blue Book on the new Fiat 500, 1957 Edition. Continue reading 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition – 2013 LA Auto Show

Colorful Night Lights at the Santa Monica Pier

Long night exposure

Night lights at the Santa Monica Pier

The cool photo above showing the bright colorful night lights at the end of the Santa Monica Pier was actually taken by our other photographer Nacho. However, today he’s out celebrating his wedding anniversary so I decided to post it up for him.

Happy Anniversary Nacho and Lili!

Now to the photo. According to him, he set out to capture a long exposure shot of the north/west side of the pier.  The original photo he took needed a little editing so he asked me to work on it. You can see the original picture here.

In the foreground he had included part of the sand/beach, but I felt it detracted from what I thought was the more interesting part of the image, in this case the colorful lights and reflection. After cropping that out, I used Photoshop and Color Efex Pro to enhance the contrast and color just slightly.

The original image had the following settings: f/16, at 20sec shutter speed, ISO of 100 and a focal length of 36mm. Taken with a Nikon D5100 (now replaced by the Nikon D5300).

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