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By paulbroad
Yet another from Autosport 2012. One of the worlds most famous Minis. 33EJB - winner of the Monte-Carlo Rally. I think this was Paddy Hopkirk's car. The third time I've seen it.

Chose to keep the lighting as it was on the stand - so warm. Slight flash fill and some dodging and burning in.

EOS 7D with 18/125 OS Sigma. Sigma 530 DG super with diffuser as fill. Hand held. 1/60 @ f5.6.

We have a 'real' Mini in our garage - we've had it from new. SORN at the moment - a 1997 Cooper with just 14.5K on the clock. Belongs to my wife, but it was rarely used - my lads and I drove it more than she did. Is on classic insurance and value is going up - officially valued at 6000, but was tentatively offered 10K for it by a collector last year. No one in the world has managed to build a car quite like the original Mini.


Tags: Car Transport Show Mini Stand Exhibit Hopkirk

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AndyD999 6 43 6 England
25 Jan 2012 2:25PM
Like the picture but there is just too much going on in the background for my liking. The mini really needs to stand out from everything. It may have been better to get in a bit closer if possible and try focus on a certain part of the car as apposed to the overall car as the background is too sharp and detracts from what is a great car!


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JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2012 2:53PM
The car looks small in the picture, i guess it is a mini Smile

I think the problems here are mostly the lens a f5.6 its not the sharpest and need to be stopped down to f8+ i'd think to get better performance and more front to back sharpness. I'm assuming you were nearer the 18mm end of the zoom so 1/60 should have been ok.
i can't see much effect of the flash, but i can see lots of shadows and reflections.
Maybe get down a bit lower to hide the distracting people behind and if handheld try more disused flash and a smaller aperture.
Good luck,

mhfore 11 6 176 England
25 Jan 2012 5:23PM
A fantastic car and a good capture Paul, nice shot. Tongue

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
25 Jan 2012 6:24PM
Its a well taken shot. Its impossible to get a shot at a show like this with nothing behind, no distractions, and perfect lighting. The only way to achieve this with a typical show shot is to completely extract the car and replace the background, - a lot of time and effort.

The point of this shot, in my mind, is that its not just a Mini, - its THE Mini, and its great to see it. I drove Minis for many years when in Dublin, and became quite a mechanic simply due to their foibles. I also did some motocross in a mini equipped with the engine from an MG 1300, - not a Cooper S performer, - but very fast. Surprised many BMW drivers at traffic lights when they changed to green!


paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2012 7:08PM
I agree with all the comments - busy background, but difficult to do otherwise. It is a record shot as Willie says - THE MINI! But it is interesting to consider how to improve such images. The Cooper we have is quick at low speeds and can surprise some modern boy racers, but tends to loose out when speeds get a bit high. Superb town cars and great in ice and snow.

I was once at traffic lights in Doncaster with a Bentley Turbo as first car and me behind him. That experience reduced my confidence a bit - the lights changed and the Bentley vanished!


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