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What did you do to your subie today?

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Thought it would be fun to start a thread on everyday things we do here and there to our beloved Subarus. The weather is getting nicer, so I'm sure we will all be outside more tinkering on our cars.
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Today has been a busy day for me! Got my Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 tires in yesterday from Tirerack for the Sti and had them mounted and balanced today by a real cool guy off of Nasioc. If anyone wants his info in the PNW PM me. He runs a legit business out of his home doing tire stuff n such, for a really good deal. But let me tell ya, these tires are STICKY!!! They pick up gravel everywhere but they are SOOOoo nice! It feels like a different car

When I got back from joyriding the STi in it's new tires, I washed the Forester (for the second time this week) and finally got around to hand waxing it. Looks pretty, but boy is there a lot of bumps and bruises on it!

What did you guys do to the subarus today?? :biggrin:
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Looked at my dirty Foz in disdain, wishing I had time to wash it before the B-day party we're hosting..

Also going through the dealer-vs-indie debate for my coming 32,000km maintenance.. A + B + C = $350? What the hell are they doing for 2-1/2 hours?
Full wash, wax and vacuum. Gotta love the shiny smooth goodness and clean wheels. Weathertechs are a godsend, keeping the floors mud and salt-free, minimal effort to clean. The moonroof is a PITA to get the 404 protectant around the entire window gasket.

Have to pick up some touch up paint.. Man, that paint is soft.

I should be buying stocks in simple green. Great stuff.

Going for my ABC maintenance, do they check the moonroof bits as well?
Took some pics right before the big storm hit Leamington nearby, trying my hand in HDR..

The rest of the pics are here.

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NICE SHOT for sure! HDR? What camera?
HDR is for High Dynamic Range photography. It puts details in what you'd otherwise see bleached out or black from the shadows.

Check out these samples here.

I just have the Canon XSI, though most SLR's can do it. You need a camera that saves pics in RAW files, and can do AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing), which is pretty common nowadays.

It's basically taking a picture along with an overexposed and an underexposed duplicate (taken by the AEB mode, and requires a tripod or a steady hand since you need all three lined up with no change), and a program (like Photoshop or Photomatix) merges all three, taking the best parts of each.

It can be done with JPEG files, but JPEGs can cut off some of the colour details with its 8-bit limit, while RAW files use the camera's full 14 or 16 bit colour range.

I just used a few limited tools, but the really good guys can make them look pretty sweet.. Click on the one below for a decent source..
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^ oops, yeah. I didn't see that you already said it was HDR...I was asking if it was! ;)
Ah, gotcha.. :D Yeah, it's technically HDR, but as some have pointed out, it's not in a scenario where HDR was necessary which is major contrast between white and black areas of the photo.

Pretty fun stuff either way..
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