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One of my car shots from a Vintage Car and Farm Fair. I used a polariser to reduce the reflections and thought it would make an interesting image to take the shot from low down.

I'd appreciate any critique on the composition and pov.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

Tags: General Transport

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 6:47PM
Love the point of view, love the shot.

Regards Nathan Grin

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6 Jul 2013 7:06PM
Hi Nathan,

Thanks for your nice comments. I hope you're well.

Elaine GrinGrin
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
6 Jul 2013 11:11PM
Hi Elaine,
You've captured this well.
Technically, it works well but I reckon it would look better if we could see all of the front of the car, or, failing that, a much smaller portion of a part of it.
Also, although I like the low PoV, it would look better still if you'd thrown yourself in the mud and shot it from really low down!
Obviously the weather wasn't on your side and you've ended up with a typical English sky.
Don't, however, be tempted to replace it with an azure Mediterranean one. I find that, while it can be done successfully, replacing skies rarely works.
You might want to get rid of the tent on the LHS too.

Hope this helps.

See Ya!

paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 7:37AM
A nice record shot from a good angle. It suffers very slightly from a touch of flatness - pastel colours. I seem to think this is a feature of your processing somewhere? Did you notice much difference with the polariser as you rotated it? The sky suggests not much polarised light around.

7 Jul 2013 8:59PM
Hi Bren,

Thanks for your advice, I'll remember to fling myself in the mud next time.

I agree about the sky - if I tried to change it I'd ruin the shot.


Elaine Grin
8 Jul 2013 2:20PM
Hi Paul,

The polariser did help with the reflections a bit.

I usually set the black and white points now on all of my uploads. I must be doing something wrong if I keep producing flat images. Sad

I'll take your comments on board - thanks for your advice.


Elaine Grin
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
8 Jul 2013 5:14PM

Quote:I usually set the black and white points now on all of my uploads. I must be doing something wrong if I keep producing flat images. Sad

According to the histogram, this is pretty well exposed and indicates that there should be no obvious lack of contrast.
Despite that, I also had a go at this using curves and set black and white thresholds, only to find that it made little significant difference, indicating that you've got it right in the first place.
It's possible to boost the colour by very carefully using the vibrance tool but I don't really think that that looks right either.
I see that you're using a D3100; as am I and I sometimes end up with a drab image for no (to me) obvious reason.
I have, however, recently been experimenting with the settings under 'picture control' in the shooting memory.
I may be teaching you to suck eggs here but it's possible to adjust the sharpness and saturation, amongst other things, in camera before you take your shot.
These settings don't affect your raw files but are carried over into any Jpegs. or whatever format you choose to turn them into.


Now, by trying out several shots of a brightly coloured flower bed in the park, using varying degrees of increased saturation, I can see a definite difference between the NEF files as they come from the camera, so I'm not sure exactly what goes on.
Altering the sharpening setting doesn't seem to make much difference, by the way.
There's plenty of info on the net re. this, much of it conflicting, as I found out for myself.
I know you've had that camera for a while (I've had mine a year and only just found this!) and that your India shots were full of colour but it might be worth trying a few adjustments when you're shooting against a murky sky as you were here.

Just a thought.

9 Jul 2013 7:21PM
Hi Bren,

Quote: it's possible to adjust the sharpness and saturation, amongst other things, in camera before you take your shot.

Thank you so much for your help with this. I wasn't aware of this option Bren.

I'll carry out some experiments as you suggest when I'm up and about again. At the moment I'm stuck in the house.......I had my third and final (hopefully) operation on Thursday - this time it was to remove my gallbladder!! I seem to be leaving this world a little at a time; first to go was my ovaries and fallopian tubes, second 25% of my left kidney and now my gallbladder complete with gallstones!

Oh well, at least I can fiddle around with my camera menus until I can get out again.

Thanks for your help Bren

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
9 Jul 2013 8:15PM
Hi Elaine,
I'm glad to help.
Let's hope you're up and about again soon.

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