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For those of you that don't know, I am a marketing manager, I work for a company called HPI. We run vehicle checks for both the trade and consumers. Enough of the sales pitch!
We run a house magazine which is produced on a quarterly basis. It was due to go to press however the director didn't like the image we had for one of his articles. It showed a 4x4 in very stormy conditions, but he wanted to see a small city diesel 'weathering the storm' of car values.
Any excuse to get the camera out, so I drove out to Salisbury Plain, I had in mind the lay by by Stonehenge where I could park up but have the car look like it was moving. However when I arrived, I was really struck by this little lane covered in puddles.
When I left the weather was terrible, however, when I arrived there was blue sky, so I had to tone the sky down for the final shot.

It looks great on the page.

I have included the before shot which has the sky as it actually appeared, the car also still has its badge which had to be taken off for publication.

Jon

Camera:Canon Eos 40D
Lens:10-20mm lens
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Weather the storm
Username:redstag redstag
Uploaded:12 Sep 2008 - 7:43 AM
Tags:Clio, Digitally manipulated, Hpi, Landscape / travel, Renault, Salisbury plain, Transport
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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 7:53 AM

Both look great Jon, really like what you have done in V1 to get the moody sky, bags of atmosphere!

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 7:55 AM

Great shot,i agree it has got bags of atmosphere!!!,great shot.
Steve

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 8:12 AM

Definately a motoring magazine cover, excellent Jon. Ron.

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 - 8:16 AM

A super shot,i like v2 the best.
Dave

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
12 Sep 2008 - 8:18 AM

Superb processing

Dave

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 8:56 AM

Possibly V2 but only just over V1

LesF

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MNPHOTO
MNPHOTO  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 9:01 AM

i like 1 and 2 best great work excellemnt sky

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 9:03 AM

excellent shot
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MikeH
MikeH  9217 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 9:08 AM

Wonder if Ambient Life will comment on this?
Well done Jon, it has that overcooked magazine Top Gear look to it ! Did they pay you?

Mike

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73882 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 9:25 AM

Like it a lot Jon, just not sure the work on the No plate is quite right, but one of your best IMO.

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 10:02 AM

Great job Jon. v3 is dark on my monitor too.

Alan

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konu
konu  631 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 - 10:15 AM

wow! brilliantly executed

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 12:26 PM

I like the treatment of V1 but prefer V2 largely for the car. The car without its badge looks awkward. Pity you couldn't keep it in for the publication.
G.

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 12:42 PM

Thanks all for the comments, I need to be careful with my new monitor!
Mike, did I get paid, unfortunately not, the marketing guy is really tight! And anyway, my budget wouldn't cover the pretentious Tog's fees. (Schizophrenic moment there.)
Warney, yes you are right about the reg plate, I literally changed it because it isn't good practice to promote real registration marks, and it isn't necessarily my best work!

Overall this did a job for me and I am delighted with the result, I've had quite a flat time creatively recently, and this has rekindled the fire for me.

Thanks
Jon

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dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 2:15 PM

nicely done

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User_Removed
12 Sep 2008 - 3:53 PM

quite liking #2 Jon, excellent

rgds
Dave

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2008 - 7:11 PM

great work Jon , very profesh as well , v2 is perfect , they should commission you a lot more mate , this wouldnt be out of place on the makers brochure..

Dave

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 7DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 10:47 AM

I think that V2 is stunning. I do hope that your skills were appreciated and a large remuneration will be included at the end of the month! Smile


David

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 7:27 PM

3 is a tad dark for me, 2 is stunning and 1 obviously did the job perfectly!

gill

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 10:51 PM

Great stuff Jon.You should get some browny points there.

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Dotrob
Dotrob  8 Wales
15 Sep 2008 - 12:45 PM

Excellent.
Dot

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