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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: Union Church Road, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Date: Mar 21, 2008
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 15 Seconds
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2008

Not too much, really.....slight desat in yellow to tone down the weird light on the driveway, some brightness for the whole image, slight WB adjustment, crop lightly, convert from RAW, resize, save for web, submit

Place: 247 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.7007
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5673
Avg (non-participants): 6.0233
Views since voting: 621
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 147
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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04/08/2008 07:31:25 PM
I liked this shot (gave it a 6), but I have to agree with the other comments on the darkness of the truck. I would have liked to see just a little bit more truck detail. The flashlight idea sounds great....though I am pretty new trying to get serious about photography, so what do I know 8-). I loved the sky. the tree. and the composition in general.
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04/08/2008 03:43:51 PM
Wonderful mood you created Jeb.
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04/08/2008 12:58:31 PM
I really like this shot. I think it's a great subject; and I like that you shot it at night. I like seeing the branches through the windows. Maybe the lighting is a little harsh. I was thinking that it would look better with some lighting on the side facing the viewer. Then I read Melethia's suggestion of the flashlight "painting" and love that idea! I've seen some cool stuff done that way. I'd love to see how that would look and hope you'll post it.
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04/08/2008 11:27:54 AM
I like the subject, it conveys emotions just sitting there with flat tires and a rusty body. I'm definitely liking the cool background with the warmer tones in the front. As mentioned before, it is a bit dark for my taste, so flash or even better flashlight (great idea Deb) would have helped. As it stands now, the image seems very flat, with a flat side of the car facing us and then the background, there is almost no sense of depth in the picture. Maybe shooting the truck a little bit more diagonally (instead of so sideways) could have helped. Also, I see you shot this with your 28-300, maybe the 18-70 at 18mm would have help get a more dynamic angle. Hope this helps
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04/08/2008 07:13:41 AM
I think Melethia hit it right on with the flashlight to brighten the side of the truck up. You could follow the curves of the body to really draw the viewers attention. Or have you considered trying to HDR this shot?
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04/08/2008 05:02:39 AM
Jeb, this made me smile, because it's so YOU. I love the lit tree growing behind the cab - almost personifies this old gal, giving her a wonderful "do" of silver hair. I'll differ with the advice of flash - and instead offer flashlight. If you have the chance to try this again, take a flashlight with you, and use that to gently paint the side that's facing us. Might be kinda cool!
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04/08/2008 02:16:02 AM
I find car pictures as boring as (dog, horse, baby) pictures, but this old truck obviously has a lot of character. However, there's too little light on the side facing us (the surrounding light is great, though maybe a little less on the tree immediately behind). Yep, just a bit of flash to highlight the side of it.
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04/08/2008 12:58:29 AM
Hi Jackson. Well, as the comments indicate, it is very dark. Perhaps it shows differently on your monitor. Get a print made and you'll see what others see, and then you'll probably agree that it's too dark. I think a lot could be improved with adding off-camera flash lighting, but it would be hard to do well without destroying the dark streetlight character of this truck, which is very nice. I can see why you like it as it is. Composition may be improved with a wider lens to get a more dynamic angle on the truck without losing the nice colours in the sky. I like the contrast between the cool background and the warmer foreground lighting. But as was said before, I think the only reason you didn't score better is that it is so dark, and the truck is lost in the contrast.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2008 02:49:11 AM
Nice Truck..I actually like this alot...I just wish it wasn't so dark...but you probably have read that comment before...still I think it is cool.
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04/04/2008 11:22:31 PM
Nice, though I think a little fill flash to light up the truck may have been good.
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04/03/2008 05:54:08 AM
wow...love the lightin this...very good...the composition is a little bland, perhaps you could have photographed from a slightly different less central angle 7
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04/02/2008 12:35:17 PM
I enjoy the painted sky and the story behind the truck. but... the lighting is a bit awkward, leaves the truck halfway between silouette and foreground subject. It's a pleasing shot, but the lighting could have made it better.
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04/01/2008 11:14:52 AM
Interesting lighting. Definitely has the moon lit feel.
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