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Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:20 pm

All C&C greatly appreciated. :cheers:

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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby colin_12 on Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:57 pm

Nice toys Adam.
For most of these I would either crop of the non painted wall at the top or colour it in in post.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby aim54x on Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:07 am

Looking good there. Love the lightpainting!

We need to get you some more exotic cars though!
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:58 am

I'd love to do some exotics!
Finding them is a lot harder though. :(
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby DJT on Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:35 pm

yep +1 for what colin said
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby photomarcs on Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:44 pm

Hey Adam!

loooooove these images =D

The last one really stands out to me,

could you try one thing for me?

duplicate the layer and do a vignette? then erase out half the top of the image to get rid of the top half vignette? jsut as a suggestion/experiment to play with.. =D
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:48 pm

I think i understand what you mean...

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I just used the adjustment brush in Lightroom, lowered the exposure and painted it in around the bottom.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby photomarcs on Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:38 pm

Wink wrote:I think i understand what you mean...


you hit the nail on the head for me =D

great work mr. lee!!! =D do you do alot of photoshopping yourself? I do tend to like editing automotive stuff regularly.. tends to be more practical for me than portraits nowadays =D
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Big Red on Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:50 pm

the modded last one is my pick :mrgreen:
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:47 pm

A few more from Friday night...

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I think i've got my lighting technique and camera setup pretty much sorted now.
I see my composition as the next area to focus on improving.

Exotics were mentioned earlier... I pulled out onto the main road after i shot these cars and parked right there was a red Ferrari F430 and an orange Lamborghini Gallardo! I was soooo tempted to ask them if they would let me take photos of their cars... But i chickened out. :oops:

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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby DanielA on Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:12 pm

Firstly I don't know much about this kind of shooting, but I think these are excellent.

The first car, has great lighting and background. I can't help thinking the back and front of the car are a little dark. I think I'm looking for it to be brighter to separate it from the background.

The second is hard, punchy and suits it well. There are a few blown areas, but I don't care. Great.

The red one feels better lit. The front and back stands out from the BG. I think you need to crop to remove the building behind the fence. The highlight over the rear wheel is a little distracting, but I not sure what you can do about that.

The fourth is my pick of the bunch. Punchy, well exposed, a hint of the wall behind to give it edge.
I think you could do more from this sort of angle, it stands out more than the purely side on. Background permitting, of course.

I viewed your full size versions. If plan to print big, I'd take the spot healing tool and remove a few of the small dust spots on the cars. They're very small, but show up when you zoom in.

Wink wrote:I was soooo tempted to ask them if they would let me take photos of their cars... But i chickened out. :oops:

A shame. They would have been good to see.

Great shots.

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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:20 pm

Thanks for the suggestions Daniel!

The light you see on the red car is an office window behind the camera. I should be able to clone it out easy enough.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby aim54x on Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:01 pm

Wink wrote:I think i've got my lighting technique and camera setup pretty much sorted now.
I see my composition as the next area to focus on improving.

Exotics were mentioned earlier... I pulled out onto the main road after i shot these cars and parked right there was a red Ferrari F430 and an orange Lamborghini Gallardo! I was soooo tempted to ask them if they would let me take photos of their cars... But i chickened out. :oops:

Again, all C&C greatly appreciated! :cheers:


It looks like you have your technique nailed. A friend of mine has asked me to do soemthing similar with his dark blue RX7 and my first attempts at it have failed. Any tips for darker coloured cars?

I would have loved to see the exotics!
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:48 pm

I've found you have to really fill all the areas on a dark car to light it properly. Lighter colours are much easier.
There's also a fine balance between not enough light and to much. I shoot some both ways as some people prefer the shadowed look rather than the fully lit versions.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby aim54x on Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:23 pm

Wink wrote:I've found you have to really fill all the areas on a dark car to light it properly. Lighter colours are much easier.
There's also a fine balance between not enough light and to much. I shoot some both ways as some people prefer the shadowed look rather than the fully lit versions.


I guess it is more time out there with the bulb timer!
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby surenj on Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:57 pm

Wink wrote:Exotics were mentioned earlier... I pulled out onto the main road after i shot these cars and parked right there was a red Ferrari F430 and an orange Lamborghini Gallardo! I was soooo tempted to ask them if they would let me take photos of their cars... But i chickened out.

Maybe keep some A4 prints and business cards handy in your camera bag. When the opportunity strikes, you can pull these out and who knows, they might agree!


Wink wrote:fully lit versions.

Can you show us an example of this?

aim54x wrote:blue RX7 and my first attempts at it have failed

Hey Cameron, I would like to see these. I am sure Wink can teach us all a few things.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:08 pm

surenj wrote:
Wink wrote:fully lit versions.

Can you show us an example of this?

Sure.
For example the owner (and i) really liked this shadowy shot...
(The line across the top is a train going past if you're wondering).

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But some people like a little more light...

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Force fed Fords

Postby camrak on Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:46 pm

This is what I call perfection in details. Congratulations of great imagination. From me 5 stars.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby surenj on Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:09 pm

Thanks Adam for this additional info. :cheers: Low and high key looks for lightpainting!

I downloaded your picture to have play with photoshop and I must say the difference in sharpness in the downloaded image is huge!

The forum 'softening + downsizing' has really taken away alot of impact from this pic.
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby Wink on Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:52 pm

Not sure what's happening there. I choose the link from smugmug that gives me 800 pixels along the longest edge (except with the 2 just above).

I'm keen to see what you come up with. :cheers:
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby DaveB on Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:15 pm

Images at (or above) 800px here get "smooshed". These days I set my DSLRusers images to 760px wide/high to avoid this and maintain maximum detail.

Great work on the lighting BTW!
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Re: Force fed Fords

Postby surenj on Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:54 pm

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DaveB wrote:Images at (or above) 800px here get "smooshed". These days I set my DSLRusers images to 760px wide/high to avoid this and maintain maximum detail.

I do the same Dave but they look smooshed campared to the flickr display!
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