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Sunday outing

Sunday outing
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Copyright: Fiona Wecker (wackymob) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 160 N: 955] (6851)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-03
Categories: Transportation, Experimental, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6G VR, HOYA HMC UV (c) 52mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-11-24 12:34
Viewed: 851
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its not easy matching a car to a bg when they have so many reflections in the paintwork from being parked close together..This one was on its own so wasnt so bad.You dont realise how much smoke is around until you take a shot down the road. I managed to fix the bg through the windows in this one. Its hard getting a bg and car to match with the angle the car is on but this road is on a bend and as its a left hand drive I thought I'd get away with having the car on the other side of the road..(glad I didnt have a head on with that old girl)..Exif data is for bg shot but same lens was used for both.

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2013-11-24 16:26]
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I'm starting to get jealous Fiona, you're making a good job of your PP works.

A couple of points, to make the shadows more realistic...
Soften the edges a little, reduce the opacity to match the existing shadows on the B/G.
The shadow under the car can be progressively burned, or darkened.
Be conscious of the shadows direction, and try to match it, eg, the car should cast a shadow onto the tree.

Good job on this one, a nice result.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-11-25 2:00]

An ideal addition for a calendar, I do like what you have achieved with this.


Except for the dark contrast of the shadow under the engine you could have fooled me. Great PP work, I like the result it's almost real. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2013-11-25 8:10]

Hi Fiona,
Glorious light in this presentation.
A lovely red classic car, well kept!
I like the contrast with the green leaves.
A fine crop and an adequate frame.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Fiona


I know it's easy to criticise, but, please believe me, I am trying to be constructive. I have one observation and one suggestion.

The shadow of the car is very well done, but I don't think it's intensity matches the intensity of the tree shadows. Just an observation.

I don't know what software you use but have you tried blurring the hard line between the car and the background image. Just a suggestion which may or may not improve that hard line. Which isn't really a problem in this image.

Please take my suggestions in the manner they are intended.

Nice creative work Fiona. The car really stands out. I admire your willingness to experiment. It has paid off.

Hello Wacky

I think you had a bit of bad luck on this shadow. I would try the shadow tool on photoshop, or any of the many programs. They all have it. I would first use this tool before I would start any additional pp work. Also a good rule of thumb, is to follow the direction of the shadows in the background also. You have shadows in two different directions. You can do it my friend. You can also control the opacity in the shadow tool to match the shades of the shadows in the background. have fun


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