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Rustic farmyard trucks
Posted By: Ash, 03-23-2008, 10:13 AM

Took the family out for a nice day at the Pioneer Heritage Village Easter festival near Toowoomba over the weekend, and had a ball watching the reenactment of country life back in the early 1900s.

Whilst there, I passed by this collection of beat up old trucks and cars that caught my eye.
Taken with DA 16-45 + CPL at 45mm at f/11.
Some minor experimenting with PP was done.
C&C welcome.
Happy Easter all.


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03-23-2008, 11:50 AM   #2
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This is a nice place, you should revisit it. Trully a HDR heaven.

Why don't you try a HDR pp?
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HDR unsuccessful.
Photoshop gives me the "not enough dynamic range to be useful for HDR" excuse.
Might have to go back to the books to see how it's done properly...
Any suggestions anyone?
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IMO you don't need to use the HDR gimmick on this photo. It is beautiful as is!

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An interesting line up. Why did you need PP?

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I think the photo is quite good . You might try BW with some toning for a "old" look . As for HDR , try , say 5 images with a wide range of exposure . Just shoot your backyard for a test . Good luck !
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The shot was good straight out of the camera - a little ordinary IMO being shot in the midday sun, but to add an element of drama to it, I added an omni light effect focused on the first truck.

In hindsight, I think the light source I used was a little narrow, so I've broadened it on this one:


Thanks for the comments.
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i like the photo a lot but also would have been unsure of how to improve in PP. I like what you were trying on the 1st but it was alittle overdone. The second is too flat with exposure. Will be interested in see what others suggest. Composition and subject matter are great.

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I like the texture and all the trucks are lined up.
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A quick try using lightroom..I hope you don't mind....Bob

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first one..

Ash,

I am still leaning toward the first one.. The second option is too bright and takes away from the "oldness" in IMO..

I am no expert by any means but here are couple things I would try...

1. Play with the curves and try to make the colors of the trucks stand out alittle more and look richer in color...

2.. Did you try to enhance the shadows and highlights?

These are just a couple ideas to help bring out the back the line.. The first one shows really bright the last is a bit dark... so anyway to lighten it a bit or make it stand out more might make it better..

I do like it just the way it is though... Kim
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
HDR unsuccessful.
Photoshop gives me the "not enough dynamic range to be useful for HDR" excuse.
Might have to go back to the books to see how it's done properly...
Any suggestions anyone?
Yes, this is a common PS issue. Try to use Photomatix Pro, I find it better than PS, then do the fine tunning with PS.
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Thanks for all your input.

weatherwise2, I did try to limit my PP to basic lighting effects to create the mood - other examples below I also thought were too much, but interesting...

No problems Bob - I like the effect - how did you do it?

Thanks Kim, the difference in "lighting" between the first and last truck is because of the omni effect I put on it. The original shot is more evenly balanced.

Diffuse glow


Ink outline


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