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Derelict Truck

By tonpla
Whilst visiting Death Valley, I drove to the neighbouring Panamint Valley to the ghost town of Ballarat. The last resident died in 1968, some great derelict buildings and mining machinery, but I just loved the colours of this truck. Comments appreciated.

Tags: Photo journalism General Derelict America Trucks Wrecks Landscape and travel

Voters: gwynn56, danmclean, buxton and 2 more

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danmclean 13 1 Australia
17 Mar 2012 11:27AM
A great find for a photo,,

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
17 Mar 2012 4:57PM
A nice shot under difficult circumstances. Its not easy to handle that bright glare from the Sun. A rusty truck is hard to beat too, - and I think theres a whole Rust Appreciation Society on EPZ someplace.

Ive loaded a mod that tones down the highlights, and restores some detail to very bright areas, - much like the effect of a circular polariser. Also re framed to make more room in front, and added a little more sky to improve the composition.


tonpla 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 6:38PM
Thats clever, how did you do that? I cannot see the joins in the hills or the extra gravel. The sky I assuming that you just sliced some of the blue and inserted it in. Is this all done in PS. The only minor giveaway is the shadow of the wheel.


banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
17 Mar 2012 9:02PM
Yep, - could spend more time on the wheel, but its just to show what Im talking about.

Photoshop CS4 and 5 have a feature called Content Aware. So for this, I added space to the right. selected some of the original using the marquee tool cnad used Content Aware capability to drag it into the new space. It also drags the jeep fender, so theres some cloning involved also.

Pre CS 4 and 5, I would do just what you suggested, feathering the slice to blend it in seamlessly into the newly added canvas.

Theres some techniques on the site in the Techniques section, or video tutorials on EPZ TV.


tonpla 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 9:37PM
Great thanks, I have CS5, but have hardly touched the surface in my use of it. Time is always the problem, and practice.



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