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By MikeGarrattPhotography  
Mini a small economy car that was made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960s,
The Mini Cooper and Cooper "S" were sportier versions that were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through to 1967, although in 1966 the Mini was disqualified after the finish, along with six other British entrants, which included the first four cars to finish, under a questionable ruling that the cars had used an illegal combination of headlamps and spotlights.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
6 Dec 2012 9:09PM
This is a very competent shot, though quite a bit underexposed. If you had intended a particular look, as in this, perhaps you exposed for the window reflections, lets us know. You have the bright areas controlled at the expense of the overall shot. You can recover highlights in this quite well, even after increasing exposure by +1, which is done in the mod. I used the highlight recovery tool in Photoshop CS. You can also bracket exposure and combine the best of them into a single shot to get good shadows and good highlights.

The composition can be better if theres more space on the left (in front) and less at the right; colour is over saturated a bit, - the problem that this can cause is that detail can be lost on colour edges and transitions as colours bleed.

Finally, - make sure you convert the colour profile to sRGB for the web, - this is Adobe RGB that will not display colours correctly on many browsers. To do this in Photoshop, its edit>convert to profile, and select sRGB then ok and save.

Ive uploaded a mod with the changes suggested to show what I mean. The area on the left wont be perfect, its a quick clone job.

I have many memories of minis I have owned, - lots of fun. My most dominant impression though was of a car that needed to be tinkered with for 5 days to be driven for 2!



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Thanks for the comment, yes i agree the composition could be better, as for brightening the image your mod has made the Mini Pink the back ground may be a little dark but i feel this is a true representation of the colours.

paulbroad 10 123 1242 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 8:43AM
My favourite car. Looks like a much tarted late model 'S'. We have a 1997 Cooper in the garage, currently on a SORN with less than K15 on the clock. A real car that has to be driven, not just pointed. This is a good record shot with good composition but it is a stop under exposed and that is your -1. The red is a shade too dark for the late Cooper red. (Ours is British Racing Green.) I find a touch of flash can help lift the car whilst keeping the background darker, thus setting it off.

I would keep the -1 compensation, but have a flash with diffuser to the right of the car fired on cable or radio trigger. You could do a bit of work on this with the dodge tool to brighten the car, again with a dark background.

Nice private plate - nearly 33 EJB, but not quite.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
7 Dec 2012 2:58PM
Mike, I would suggest that you calibrate your monitor, as if you are seeing pink, its not calibrated, - the mod is red, not pink, no colour change was done. If however you prefer seriously underexposed images which DO misrepresent colours by adding black to the actual colour, thats your choice.

Paul makes a good suggestion to to retain a dark background is that what you prefer.



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