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HotRod Ford

By sjunod
Ford HotRod taken on Felixstowe pier

Tags: Car General Transport 60s Hot rod

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Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
16 Nov 2008 1:45AM
A lovely subjectwith lots iof opportuntiy. It's very contrasty and a bit grainy, but not sure whether this is an effect you've introduced on purpose. It's a pity the ?petrol cap? (top right) and the bottom of the headlight are burnt out

Compositionally, I think it' far too busy, and th eplacing in the frame is a bit haphazard. the eye runs around the frame looking for somewhere to settle.

I think a slightly different angle ytv include the whole of the headlight, but zoomed in closer to lose some of the distractiing elements would help - I suggest lose the fiery lettering from the left and crop to just include the ford badge but lose the petrol csap in the right hand corner.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2264 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 1:44PM
Hello, Stef, and welcome to EPZ. I like the subject, the colour and the way you have focused on details of the car rather than the whole thing. I feel you might have used something like "posterize" in V1, and prefer V3 which I assume is the original version. It seems a shame to convert it to mono as in your V2 because the colours are so vibrant. The chrome parts have suffered from strong light reflecting in them and some have become burnt out. I'd like to have seen the whole of the headlamp within the frame. Your focus is good and there is good detail throughout. In my modification, I have cropped the left and top because I agree with Stephen about the distracting areas. I cloned the bottom right corner so that it is plain. I selected the burnt out areas and darkened them. Then I lightened the image overall (which would have made the burnt out areas look even worse without the selective darkening), deepened the shadows, made a curves adjustment and sharpened.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4319 Canada
16 Nov 2008 10:02PM
I like what youve done with this shot, - the posterized version looks good, - but for me the monotone works best if your intent is to feature the chrome.

Car shots are not as easy as they appear, especially in strong light like this, - due to reflections and glare.

From a compositional point of view, - its not clear where you wanted to focus attention, and if you could do this again its worth thinking about where you want us to look, and to compose so the area of interest is on a thirds intersection in the frame.
Many great car shots can be composed head on, at the rad level, filling the frame with the grille and emblem, others can be done using details, - such as the engine in this one.

Overall is nice, - b&w works best, and Ive loaded a couple of mods.


sjunod 13 3 Switzerland
17 Nov 2008 9:05AM

Thanks for your constructive critiques and for posting some modifications. It is very helpful.


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