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pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
20 Dec 2013 1:11AM
Hi, I think I have seen such utility cars; I think this has a civilian use rather a military. Isn't it a car of the fire brigade? I wouldn't mind being left in the original colour, but I agree it may look more retro that way. A vertical crop form the right, albeit small one can make this perfectly symmetric,as it isn't now. Everything else is clear. Nice framing.

Funny how GeneralPerpuse car (GP for short) came to be written Jeep with a J

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paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 8:34AM
Sepia, not black and white of course. Sepia is good, but I would go for the darker browns. This very light shade makes the image look a bit flat. Sepia tends to do that as you have no blacks.

The main problem is the rope and holder. Ruins the effect I fear. That is often the problem with shows, fences to keep the pundits off. You must try and get angles where you don't have the fence or, at least, it is not right in the front.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 5:56PM
This is just the way that I like to take pictures of vehicles, Alan, going in for close detail, which is often far more interesting than seeing the whole thing.
You have handled the exposure, reflections and highlights well. I'm glad you weren't tempted to use flash.

Just a few observations:-

1. I understand why you chose sepia, it gives the feeling of age. However, it destroys a lot of the contrast. I feel that straightforward black and white would look better, and have used this in my modification, giving it a strong Levels adjustment in order to get a stronger contrast.

2. Your attempt at symmetry is very good, but you have not stood entirely central when shooting. If you look at my modification, where I cropped a bit to try to get better symmetry and used Perspective Correction in an attempt to get the horizontal lines straight, you will see that there is still a difference in the distance between the frame edges and the headlights. It's almost there. My mid-points are perfectly aligned down the centre vertically.

3. The rope barrier is acting like a barrier to our viewing the vehicle. However, it has begun to grow on me. In one respect, it tells the viewer that the vehicle was on display and that the public were not allowed to touch it. In another respect, it adds an additional element of interest to the image, which isn't a bad thing.

Thankyou for using the Critique Gallery, Alan. I'd just like to say that it is always helpful if you give a short response to the comments that are made, just so that we know we are pitching our critique at the right level and providing you with the sort of feedback that you require, which should then tend to cover the areas that you are hoping to improve upon.

I have to say that I found your response to "Favourite Location" in your portfolio to be very touchingGrin! I'd never have thought of that in a million years. If I wanted to add a touch of humour, I might have said "My Bed"Grin.

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
20 Dec 2013 6:37PM
Rare to see an Austin Gipsey these days.

Jestertheclown 11 8.2k 253 England
20 Dec 2013 8:11PM

Quote:Rare to see an Austin Gipsey these days.

I wondered what it was.

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