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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-01-02
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 5DII, 135mm/f2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-01 20:39
Viewed: 1131
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taking photos of cars is challenging. Shooting the entire car for me is difficult to make interesting. What is interesting has nothing to do with what the object is but rather the shapes and interaction of the shapes. In this case the Ferraris have great lines and angles and the combination of the different tones gives a more artistic impression than a full shot of either one.

The other thing that seems clear is that beyond shapes and angles what we are really looking for in photography is patterns of lights and darks. This follows with objects like cars or with people and portraits. If we look at Photography as the study of light and dark then it doesn't matter what we are photographing and there is therefor no reason to limit ourselves to one type of subject.

In this shot I wanted to bring out the details of the car in the foreground so much that it stood out in a three dimensional way from the background.

I converted the shot to black and white using the Channel Mixer and chose the mix of channels to make the rear car darker than the car in the foreground.

I used NIK's Viveza to increase the structure of the foreground car and used CS5's Plastic Wrap effect to make it more reflective.

By cropping the shot in this way it no longer is about Ferraris or even about cars but more about shapes.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-01-01 21:12]

Hi Roger

Good use of a shallow dof & nice repetition of the bg circles of confusion, with a superb tonal range & excellent clarity & sharpness. The headlight at right resembles an eye. Tfs & hope you're having a happy New Year's Day!

An unusual POV but it worked very well here, Roger!
I like the great use of shallow DOF where the details are amazing and promising.
The contrast against the blurry BG is superb.

A different perspective but an effective one.

Kind regards,

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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2012-01-01 23:42]

Hi Roger
Nice shot - keeping the interest, as you say, taking a full-on shot of cars can be a bit monotonous.
Great tonal range here and choice of B&W works well. Good use of wide aperture for the narrow DOF and cropping the the close up of the headlight & wing with the out of focus prancing horse in the background really make the image come alive.

Hi Roger, Okay you lost me after you changed it to b&w but I love it even without the car in the bg. That light and front corner just looks so fluid. I'd still rather have a 57 Chevy or a Mustang though..Fiona

Wishing you a very happy new year.
Very nice composition and sharpness.

Olá Roger
The B/W is so great...a great luminosity came from your photo
It looks a Toy eye playing expressions.
Cute and Good To be honest it look halp head of frontal view of fish,,,very cute
um abraço

Hi Roger
A wonderful shot captured with beautiful POV and good shallow depth.
Happy 2012 dear!
Best Wishes

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  • Usaf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 87 N: 312] (2160)
  • [2012-01-06 17:31]

Hello Dear Roger

great pov with alot of interesting lines on FG & BG. very well done.


Hi Roger! Great capture with beautiful shadows and lights. And very cute too, likes just an eye and its watching you. Regards Csabi

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