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1977 Ford Granada Coupe

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1977 Ford Granada Coupe 3.0 Ghia

Tags: Petrol Car Transport Original Vintage Old Vehicle History Collector Classic 3.0 Motor Coupe Ford Granada 1977 Automotive Mk1 Mark 1 2994cc

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Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
4 Oct 2017 2:09PM
It's a wonderful car, loved the Granada and the coupe, with that 3 litre engine, was a schoolboys dream. What a fantastic shape, sweeping back.
Unfortunately I am less enamoured by the picture.
Firstly the car itself, you are at an angle to the front of the car which is good as it allows the shape of the car to be seen. However you are too high. If you were to take a lower angle then it would allow the car to become more dominant and to "own" the frame. It would be about the car. In addition you have more space behind the car than in front. This cramps the lovely bonnet, the car needs space. And while it's a minor thing, the front wheels are just off centre line, straighten them up or fully turn them, but as it is it looks like the positioning was neglected.
Secondly the background, horrible wire fence dominating the left side (with a rather moth eaten hedge) and a modern car creeping in on the right. Neither add anything to the image and detract from what we want to see. Then there is a tree growing out of the roof, that beautiful coupe roof. Having some houses in the background, as you do, could work well if we could see more of them, and I believe those probably are period 70's type terrace.
I think you need to work on framing and background. With a bit of post-processing to blend with the age. Personally I would love to see this on a housing estate, mono conversion, gritty, but maybe I grew up watching too much of The Sweeney (I know that wasn't a coupe).
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4248 Canada
4 Oct 2017 5:40PM
Youve done a load of post processing here I think.

Seems you were looking to reduce reflections and highlights, and youve overdone it, as you can see the effects of this work in the sky and background. Keep in mid that shiny metal is supposed to look shiny and bright!

Leaving more space in front that behind as suggested is a good idea.

Ive loaded a mod with brighter highlights and more space to the right,. What would be nice is if you have the untouched original you could upload?


hi Willie ive uploaded the original for you

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2017 6:22PM
This is a static car shot and thus really does not need more space in front than behind - that is to accommodate movement. It does loo a touch over processed and to lift it above a quick record you need a better setting. Odd buildings and vehicles in the background are not conducive to concentrating on the car.

For set piece work, a simple outdoor background - trees, water,etc. No other vehicles.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4248 Canada
4 Oct 2017 6:58PM
Thans Andy.

Looks like youve done less than I originally thought. The original is underexposed, which would be the main tweak for me, and Ive loaded a mod using the original.

How bright this looks compared to you first shot depends a lot on what you use to view it, and if its calibrated.

If you scroll down to the bottom of this screen, at the bottom left, theres a greyscale guide to check calibration. You should be able to see 16 distinctly different shade blocks if your device is calibrated. Its a quick and easy check.

BTW, the detail in this looks decent compared to earlier shots with that lens.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1862 England
4 Oct 2017 7:39PM
Various thoughts, in no particular order.

I'm with Merlin on the low viewpoint idea - it helps conceal backgrounds, as well as making any car look more impressive. (Works with people, too!) I'd go closer in, as well, sticking iwth the wideangle end of the zoom and filling the frame more.

The sky in the original version still looks worked - did you reduce contrast, or hold back highlights? Or was the sky very grey that day?

If the car is currently licencesed and insured, it would be worth finding the sort of location that car brochures use, or a really grotty urban background for contrast...

Absolutely not my kind of a car - my uncle had an M-reg Granada 3-litre automatic, which he described as 'ridiculous' - effortless to drive, stupidly uneconomical, and ideal for traffic jams (around then, I alternated between the massively practical Maxi and the rally-competent Dolomite Sprint). But they always looked impressive, especially in this two-door version - and who could forget The Sweeney?
the vehicles belong to my uncle who restores them i have a few more images i will upload in due course
again thanks for the comments all much appreciated
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2424 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2017 9:56PM
I'll just add one point to the good thoughts above. I read an article recently on photographing cars - one of the suggestions was that the lines in the car should echo or run parallel with the lines in the background. I hadn't thought about that before, I'm not a wheels person, but when you look at the curved edge of the bonnet against the edge of the grass above it, it makes sense. There's a harmony which is really rather satisfying.

But thinking along these lines, it might work better without the tree growing out of the roof...
Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
4 Oct 2017 10:32PM
That's interesting Moira, certainly makes sense.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 407
4 Oct 2017 11:20PM
Hi, what I can say is that I do know about the next model of Granada is that it was a really problematic car which did not live up to the durability and quality of earlier Fords.
Anyway.. time to focus on this picture and what I think could have improved things (a bit more than a bit).
It has nothing to do with the camera settings or the sky but with the way the car has been parked, because the current parking with the modern CitroŽn station wagon behind it kills any sort of 70's nostalgia which could happily flourish -even the colours of the brick houses match with the car paint-.The picture looks good, just
keep both eyes on alert for irregularities, plan your shots carefully and execute with precision.
Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
5 Oct 2017 12:21AM
Oh. That's a Citroen! No character at all, it is the Stepford Wives of cars.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2017 7:48AM
I nearly bought a Granada in 1983. The salesman, who we knew well privately told me not to be daft, it was a petrol gobbling dinosaur! Still worth preservation, though.


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