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I have put this up for critique because I know it's not perfect. For a start, im not happy with the guy on the right side creeping in. But, with lightroom, I can't find a good way to clone him out completely. I think this could be a really good photo, tips please!

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-PL1
Lens:OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jul 2011 - 1:18 PM
Focal Length:14mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Creative (Slow speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Yet Another BMW
Username:davidburleson davidburleson
Uploaded:3 Jun 2012 - 9:16 PM
Tags:Bmw, Car, Transport
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ams99
ams99 Junior Member 365 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2012 - 9:51 PM

I would like to see more detail in the front grille. It just appears to be a big band of black

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Kittenfox
Kittenfox  3 Scotland
3 Jun 2012 - 10:11 PM

I would allow him to be in if possible as its a car show and thats what it's all about but you clearly want to have him removed in the critique section. I would say although lacking detail on the front grill the darkness conveys the mean look of the car.

Nice car - nice picture

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Davesumner
4 Jun 2012 - 4:44 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi David,

I wonder after reading your description, what your motivation for taking this shot was? Is the car yours, is it for sale etc etc. The reason I ask is because that would disctate different methods of taking images of a car for e.g. if the car was for sale you would want to take the whole car whereas if it is has some other significance then you might want to take a different view.

With your shot I must pressume you liked the car and wanted to take a picture of it so with that in mind there are some approaches to getting a better shot before you have even taken the image. First of all with regards to the light, there are some pretty harsh midday shadows in this image but if you look in the sky there are also some pretty big clouds. If you'd waited for a cloud to cover the sun, you would have got a much better lit subject with even lighting. Secondly, the background. We can see some sort of concrete grandstand, some signs, red umbrellas, other cars and people all of which are a distraction away from your main subject, the guy on the right is easily removed. It isn't always easy to do but changing your position may well reduce some of those distracting elements. Also you could have used a shallower depth of field and blurred out some of those distracting elements. There is a lot of space above and below which doesn't really add to your image so don't be afraid to crop to suit, regardless of the size it ends up as.

So in a nutshell, it is better to think about a shot before you take it rather than trying to fix these things in post production. Reducing as many distractions as possible also saves computer time at a later date. I have had a go at a very quick modification where I have cropped the image top and bottom to reduce things that are not part of the shot. I then straightened the image so the car looks like it is level and desaturated some of the background colours such as the red umbrellas. I then blurred the grandstand and other background items to make the car stand out more as well as dodging some of the darker details such as the grille etc. I then sharpened.

These are just a few ideas and I hope they help

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 4 Jun 2012 - 4:47 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 7:55 AM

Dave's mod is a great improvement, but your image is heavily over processed with black solid shadows and a compressed tonal range. If you wanted a good record of the vehicle, you really needed a more natural presentation. The chap doesn't matter, he could be fully included and I would have shot in landscape with a bit more room fore and aft - just a bit - also with a very low viewpoint.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10866 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2862 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2012 - 4:05 PM

Uploaded a mod, just used cloning. Tried to upload this last night a number of times but got errors from the site, so here it is now.


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