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Mean Machine

By salopian
A fine old Alvis shot at East Kirby recently. We had gone there to see the Lancaster taxying but the weather stopped that, but there was a car club meeting which softened the disappointment.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
15 Jun 2019 3:07PM
Gorgeous car, love that soft top.

Your conversion is effective at both aging the image and hiding the car. It could be removed, but would take quite a bit of effort to do it well.

The mod has verticals corrected, black point and exposure tweaked, and white balance adjusted.



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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2019 4:36PM
A lovely vehicle, so beautifully kept.....shame about the rain.
This type of weather often produces good pictures, though, and you can see that the light was just right for the bodywork hotspots, no burn-out and no flare to worry about.

You have a good angle on the vehicle, but I think I might have tried an angle where the bonnet mascot could have been isolated instead of being up against the bench, where it doesn't stand out too well.

I couldn't resist the challenge, so have done a modification where I removed the other car, and also the red bell because it's a distraction. I also cropped a bit, then brightened the image, slightly upped the saturation, and gave it a small Levels adjustment. Not sure if I did the right thing, but removed the number in the windscreen.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
15 Jun 2019 4:58PM
Nicely done Pamela!
dudler Plus
16 954 1521 England
15 Jun 2019 5:39PM
Three thoughts:

Angle - a slightly lower angle can be flattering, and can also help conceal parts of the background. In this case, you could make the bench disappera very easily. And while I am a great opponent of using back-of-camera screens for viewfinding, it allows you to hold a camera below normal eye level without having to bend much. Tilting screens are magnificent for this, but plain, fixed ones give some latitude.

Crop - I'd tend to have less foreground - a crop bottom and left seems natural to me.

Water droplets - the advantage of weather like htat is that you can get lovely detailed images with drops of water all over the polished bodywork. It doesn't quite work with my car, as the dirt allows the water to spread out in a film, all over the panels...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2019 7:39PM
Nice record. Pam's version is a classic as to how cloning should be done and woks extremely well. I, as John, would crop a little tighter

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2019 10:17AM
Didn't mean to put this on the critique gallery as I thought it was just a record, but must have clicked on the wrong button!
However, thanks very much for the helpful comments and mods - as Paul says Pamela's cloning is wonderful - tempted to try it myself on the original but couldn't reach that standard I'm sure. I think the lower angle as John suggests would have been a good idea. As regards the raindrops, I worked for a while in the motor trade and found, the hard way, that droplets on a car brought in by an eager punter to part exchange would hide a multitude of minor body blemishes - once bitten etc!.

dudler Plus
16 954 1521 England
16 Jun 2019 12:39PM
Now, I hadn't thought about that aspect of raindrops, Geoff.

I tend ot own quite muddy cars: I believe in washing them every six months whether they need it or not.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
17 Jun 2019 9:01PM
I'm sure this would have done ok in the main Gallery - you could upload another version after reading the feedback.

It's always tricky at these events to get a cler shot with the angle you want. I always trynd move left to right, up and down a bit just to hide unwanted details or to make things like the mascot not conflict with background areas thatmake for visual confusion. As far as possible.

It's that red bell that really bugs me, something that a mono conversion would avoid. any different possibilities there.


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