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Old Morris

By Merlin_k    
A number of years ago now I came across a field of "dead" Morris Minors. After asking permission I spent a pleasant hour wandering around taking photos. I am now trying to make a triptych of some of the images. I am fairly happy with how it is going but some further editing is required. I've gone with colour as I like the blue but wonder whether mono might be a better choice.
The observant of you will notice that there are four images. I am still trying to decide which is the best combination.
Not sure if loading four images in one go on the critique forum is really playing ball, but they kind of all go together and for my purposes need to be seen as a whole.

Tags: Light Car Transport Derelict Door Traveller Handle Morris Speedometer

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TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2017 2:37PM
They're all beautifully photographed, all evocative of a bygone age and all carefully and considerately cropped. I too like the colour, as I think it's a crying shame to do away with that, even though mono would give the viewer the ability to concentrate on shape and form instead.

So, as you've talked about a triptych, I've uploaded a mod for you. I've chosen (of the four images) the three that I personally think are the strongest and used first Nik's Analogue Efex Pro 2, to give a sense of old fashioned toning/scratches etc to the images (your colours are perfectly fine, but too 'modern' if you know what I mean?).

Then I ran it through the 'Multi-lens' aspect of the Analogue Efex Pro plug-in, to play around with the triptych aspect of things. Once content with that, I added a 1 pxl stroke line (dark grey), then flattened everything and increased canvas size by 5cm width and height, then stroked that with a 3 pxl black line.

Don't know what you'll make of it, and you've obviously got your own ideas, but it's another option to consider. Those Moggie parts are just so beautiful in their own right, that I didn't want to get too colourful and modern, but wanted to give a feeling that matched their history.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
19 Oct 2017 3:00PM
I'd stay with colour. Many Morris Minors weren't black (my grandfather had a green one) so colour is part of their character, and the 1950s were a time of colour after the war years. Having said that, I think mono would work too if you keep to strong shapes (you may have other images that would fit that bill).

I looked at the single images and then Tanya's mod, and she's picked the three strongest shots. The single window handle is less (visually) involving than the other images here. In a triptych of just handles and it'd be ok but as the only handle, or with the other handle and the speedo for example it would be the weakest link.
Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
19 Oct 2017 3:05PM
That's some brilliant advice straight off. I was going with the window handle because I like the simplicity. But I think it probably is unbalancing the trio just because it is so simple. While the door isn't my favourite, in a triptych it does work better.
And I'm pleased that you agree on the colour, I do think it's part of these wonderful old cars.
{I grew up with a Morris Traveller so I do have a soft spot for them)
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2017 3:56PM
My sort of subject, and how wonderful to take real time over this.

I like Tanya's triptych, I wanted to try something different. I loved the window handle for its clean lines, so I've had a bit of fun with it. What I was aiming at was not to convey the 'dead' vehicle, so much as the glamour of shiny chrome when the car was new.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2017 4:17PM
I initially wanted to say that the single metal handle on the white background was the weakest of the four, but didn't want to sound too negative! (Okay, if I'm being honest - it was boring compared to the rest ...)

I actually love the door image with the handle. In fact, I'd possibly go so far as to say it's my favourite of the three - there's something wonderfully organic about it (the wood, obviously), mixed with the resilience of the handle (whatever material it's made out of ...). In fact, a bit like the Moggy Minor itself Grin
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4271 Canada
19 Oct 2017 4:21PM
Just as an example for a different way to do things, I uploaded a mod. As you can see, you can use a single image to do what you want, using hue alterations for interest.

Lots to play with

GeeJoe 5 Wales
19 Oct 2017 4:23PM
The colour on the original speedo shot to me is the light purple that was used on the special edition Morris Minor 1,000,000 (Million) which were all purple.
19 Oct 2017 4:31PM
Was just going to add the same as GeeJoe above. I had one of these as a teenager, which was green, and my next door neighbours mother had a lilac one which was one of the limited edition series, and she was very proud of. I think mine cost me 20 in those days. Proper motoring Wink Good set here, great nostalgia for many...
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
19 Oct 2017 5:59PM
Nothign to add - I am intrigued that there was a special edition this colour - I always think of Moggies as being a particular shade of slightly-faded green, but there are a number of other colours around. The handle will be chrome-plated steel, like the bumpers and various other pretty bits. Looking at the window-winder I can feel the mechanism, the unnnecessarily-good engineering that went into making things of metal when plastic is 'good enough'...

Nothing worthwhile to add photographically!
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2017 6:44PM
May I join in the wave of fond nostalgia ?!. Toured Eire in one of these way back in 1959 with no trouble and later on bought a convertible which again proved reliable. The speedo reading to 80mph is quite optimistic, but the 1000 with the OHV engine was quite lively up to about 65
Like John, nothing to add photographically except I like the tryptich idea and Moira's interior door handle in particular.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
19 Oct 2017 8:10PM
Weirdly, I was following a Traveller version just a day or two ago (weird because they are quite a rare sight, especially so in iffy autumn weather here in the UK).

Just remembered, at secondary school there was an English teacher who had a green one. She had a nickname too (nothing to do with the car).
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
19 Oct 2017 10:04PM
And I have found a model who owns two... Sadly, they're off the road for the winter, but come Spring...
Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
20 Oct 2017 12:24AM
Beginning to wish I had put this up to voting. I might have actually finally hit the magic 30 Smile
I am so pleased that people like these, not just because of the images but because of the memories. It's brought a smile to my face that others appreciate what I saw.
Thanks you all for your comments. Made my day.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2017 9:39AM
Once you've reworked your triptych to your satisafaction, put that end result into the general gallery ... I'd definitely vote! Smile
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
20 Oct 2017 4:05PM
Me too. And also for the speedo on its own.

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2017 10:28AM
Me again ... as discussed I've just added two mods where I've done screenshots for you of the options/route I went down in Analog Efex. Let me know if it doesn't make any sense! Smile


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