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Escort RS200

By barefootwill
Taken at a small, weekly classic-car gathering at Bournemouth Pier, these Ford Escorts all turned up together. Although quite a few people were walking past and looking at these and other cars, I managed to get a few quiet seconds to take this.

Using a burst of 3 slightly different exposures, I managed to create a HDR, without (hopefully) going over the top and making it unrealistic/painting like but adding a little extra details into the highlights and shadows of the RS200 line-up.

Tags: Transport Digitally manipulated Ford Escort Classic cars RS200

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Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
20 Jun 2012 3:40AM
Hi Will,

What a great shot, I just love the colour of that yellow Escort. There isn't really a lot to critique here and I think you did well getting that quiet moment. If I am forced to give critique it would be the very minor points of the bumber sticking into the image at the bottom left and the person in the far right of the image, not the guy walking away but the one to the right of him. Easily fixed in post production and very niggly little points. I think that the lamppost at the right side almost serves to stop you wandering off the edge of th image so I think it needs to stay, it sort of helps to balance the image for me as well.

Well done Will


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3852 Canada
20 Jun 2012 5:01AM
Youve got a decent tonal range, but the shot looks quite dull to me. Theres also a slight ring or semi circle at the back of the persons head on the left by the boot.

I would remove this, and the two other people, and the partial car on the left, and sharpen, reduce that slightly purple colour, and then increase saturation a little. Ive done this in the mod, and also added a little more height.

Hope this helps,


Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 9:01AM
Just to add to Willie's excellent comments, looking at your EXIF I have to say that I feel your choice of aperture/shutter speed combination could do with a little thought.

To use f4, probably full aperture, is not likely to give sufficient DoF to cover the row of cars and given that you have a shutter speed of 1/1300sec you have so much in hand to use a far smaller aperture. Why not f11 with 1/150sec?

20 Jun 2012 5:12PM
@Davesumner thanks for all the kind comments, and looking back I agree the bumper and last guy in the image should probably have been removed Smile

@banehawi the 'ring' effect from the guys head was due to slight movement between the 3 different images shot - I must admit it does look better removed. I'm not sure if it's just my Mac, the mod you have uploaded looks overly blue tinted on both my Macbook Pro and HP Screen - although I think a little more colour saturation was something worth mentioning.

@Focus_Man the EXIF Data is probably not truly accurate, at least as far as shutter speed goes. It's a HDR taken from three exposures, I believe the under-exposed one was at 1/1300th. The low F Stop was actually chosen to reduce DoF to keep a sharp focus only on the front two cars, just something I was experimenting with.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3852 Canada
20 Jun 2012 9:47PM
Yep, its a tad too blue. Loaded a new mod.

At f/4 and 22mm, assuming you were about 15 feet from the first car, you depth of field would be around 43 feet. This likely covered most of the cars?

paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2012 9:32AM
I'm rarely a fan of HDR, and I'm afraid I'm not here. It is, for me, a rather too strong effect giving a compressed tonal range and a pastel crayon effect. Otherwise a perfectly good shot but needs more conventional treatment.

SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
21 Jun 2012 7:50PM
It could be a good shot, I think, but I have some niggles. I think that you needed to add more contrast in, after the hdr process, and the area behind the man's head also bothers me (as it did Willie) - did your process fail to deal with head movement sufficiently? I'm not sure about how I feel about the people walking out of shot. I think if it was mine, I might process again and see if I could eliminate that head effect, then work on the contrast to get it both more natural and more dynamic.
paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 7:56AM
Unless you process HDR from just one RAW original, it is not good with moving elements to any of the HDR frames - for obvious reasons - they do not match up.


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