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1964 Bedford J-Type Pickup

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1964 Bedford J-Type Pickup Petrol 2651cc I think i may have over processed this image i will of course upload the original

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2376 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2017 3:49PM
Your processing has retrieved detail in the bright patches on the bonnet, that's good. Looking at the Exif, this was taken in early afternoon, with the sun high in the sky - not the best time to be photographing a shiny horizontal surface out of doors!

The processing has however given a slightly flat, 2-dimensional feel. Having retrieved that detail on the bonnet, I'd like to add back a bit of brightness and contrast. I'll have a go.

The main thing though is that I want to crop a bit off the left side, and I wish there was more space on the right where it looks a bit cramped. With people, animals, flowers, buildings, pretty well any main subject in a frame, space in front is more important, space behind is usually wasted space.

Modification to follow soon, I hope...

prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
5 Oct 2017 3:57PM
Pritine image, We had Bedford trucks through Hindustan Motors. But soon phased out by Mercedice through Telco mototors
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
5 Oct 2017 4:51PM
Hi Andy.

General comments like before. You are using Manual mode; when you do this, you have no access to Exposure Compensation, so you have to deliberately watch the meter "needle" closely to decide where it should end up. I think you are deciding to place it in the middle, as is so called "correct" exposure, when what you need to do is add more exposure by pushing that needle to perhaps +2/3, maybe more.
This will work to make the truck brighter, as your meter is being heavily influenced by reflections and the sky.

Overall, you are likely better using Aperture priority (Av), so you can easily control exposure by accessing Exposure Compensation and viewing the results on screen. As mentioned before, shiny metal should look shiny, so bright highlights are ok. If you process the image to suppress highlights, you end up with a faux HDR image that wont look very real, though it may well be what you want.

Some of the flatness in the original is due to underexposure, some to low contrast ( I will upload screenshots showing this) lielt due to the ambient light mostly with some contribution from the lens ( better quality lenses have better contrast); the larges part though I think is lack of sharpness. Its not at all very soft, but it needs to be a lot sharper. All this is referring to the original unmodified shot.

Ive loaded 2 mods, the first is with what I would consider normal, or to be expected highlights' the second better highlights, more of an HDR look.

The amount of sharpening I had to do was significant btw, and is likely a lot more than you have done. If you want to assistance with how you should approach sharpening, let us know.

The screenshots, there will be two, are before, with your unedited version, and after I started basic tweaks.


dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1811 England
5 Oct 2017 11:44PM
You were lining them up, weren't you?

Al lthe same things apply to this - and I'd be looking for a really weird place to photograph this. I've never seen one of these: it is so utterly Transatlantic in style and intention: and I'm seeing a grace in the curve of the bonnet that is very unusual indeed.

Where to put it, though... Maybe look for something that is attractive but completely Fifties? A big ask, I reckon! Or set it against an unreconstructed row of council houses, if such a row exists any more.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2017 8:15AM
As before, not a good setting and heavily over processed. You are trying too hard and you need to look at locations.


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