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Oct 28, 2013 08:13 |  #1

Some of you know me for posting mostly portrait photos but my other passion is cars. I try to photograph them whenever possible. I'm hoping to get some good advice and improve.
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Oct 28, 2013 13:38 |  #2

Really? No one has an opinion?


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Oct 28, 2013 13:54 |  #3

I always love your photos. I really like that you edit them differently from shot to shot. Lighting is BEAUTIFUL. What lens did you use? Natural light I assume?


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Oct 28, 2013 14:03 as a reply to  @ sourcehill's post |  #4

Thank you! Yes, all natural light, sun going down. I used my 70-200 f/f L IS (my baby)


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Oct 28, 2013 14:52 |  #5

Nice set of images. You've handled the large rounded reflective surfaces very well. Excellent color too.

BTW - posted 6 hours ago in NY? That was 7 AM Washington. My day is just barely getting started.


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Oct 28, 2013 15:01 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #6

Thanks for the compliments. Sorry, I never really consider the time difference. I just figured everyone was from NY. :lol:


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Oct 28, 2013 15:01 |  #7

Lighting and color balance is great! Very good job with the white car and not getting too blown-out. Maybe just a LITTLE hot around the hood/driver headlight area, but very tough not to run into that with a white car.

As far as improvements:
Photo 2 - PS out the parking lines, or shot in a less painted. The house also draws the eye away from the car a bit
Photo 3 - Again, the background is a bit busy, especially for how close (and relatively in-focus it is)
Photo 4 - With the car just parked 'normally', the tilt seems off. Try re-shooting this image, but turn the front wheels to the right to give it the impression it's "going somewhere". Also try this with the tilt in the other direction.

Another idea for many of them is instead of the car filling the whole width of the frame, open up the framing on the side of the image that the front of the car is facing. It will also help give the feeling that the car is less static and has somewhere to go.

Just my amateur $0.02. Great pictures overall!


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Oct 28, 2013 20:39 as a reply to  @ 9deuce9rr's post |  #8

All great suggestions. I'm currently using Lightroom4 so extensive cloning is extremely tedious and usually doesn't come out as well as I'd like. If this had been a paid shoot I would have chosen a better location but this was right around the corner from the house so I made it work. Thanks again,


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Oct 29, 2013 09:26 |  #9

I think they look great. DoF is nice and the entire car is in focus nicely.


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Oct 29, 2013 17:03 as a reply to  @ Siren's post |  #10

Thanks! :)


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Oct 29, 2013 17:14 |  #11

great as always!


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Oct 29, 2013 18:43 |  #12

I'm going to be the devil's advocate on these, and don't get me wrong i like many of your shots, but none of these inspire me....

This is all my opinion, so take it or leave it...

All have bad/heavy reflections in the windows, I like the processing in 1 and 3 but not the others, nothing wows me about this car, I own an Audi so know how they can inspire, these are not inspiring.

They are all from the right side, try different angles...




  
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Oct 29, 2013 20:18 as a reply to  @ tmoore323's post |  #13

Well I respect your opinion but I'm happy with them and so was the "client" It wasn't a planned shoot, we just ran around the corner to a parking lot quickly. I wasn't really trying to inspire anyone with these. I don't think an Audi can do that. ;) As for the reflections....I had my CPL on and my main goal was to get rid of the windshield glare which is the most noticeable. Being that this wasn't a paid shoot, I wasn't going to take multiple shots with the CPL in different positions and combine images. I don't think every shot needs to be "magazine" perfect and I'm not sure why a lot of people think that way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though.


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Nov 02, 2013 00:59 |  #14

GregoryC wrote in post #16409559 (external link)
Well I respect your opinion but I'm happy with them and so was the "client" It wasn't a planned shoot, we just ran around the corner to a parking lot quickly. I wasn't really trying to inspire anyone with these. I don't think an Audi can do that. ;) As for the reflections....I had my CPL on and my main goal was to get rid of the windshield glare which is the most noticeable. Being that this wasn't a paid shoot, I wasn't going to take multiple shots with the CPL in different positions and combine images. I don't think every shot needs to be "magazine" perfect and I'm not sure why a lot of people think that way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though.

Well you must not own an Audi, and why then throw them up for critique?




  
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Nov 03, 2013 08:36 |  #15

Same suggestion I've given before: Remove the front license plate for the shoot. It distracts from the car's lines and right now you've got a great advertisement for Danbury Audi (great if they were the client). Also, all of your shots are from the driver's side 1/4 view. Try using parking lights to make the car pop if you're in the shadows (#4). Otherwise, good work!


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