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Old 10-28-2012, 02:21 AM   #9776
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thoughts on these two profiles? and to Inkman, the car is a single turbo Borg Warner EFR 7670, built engine, 460hp, fun car! Pictures do it justice, if you look at it up close in person it is pretty beat up lol
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:17 PM   #9777
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Very clean! Just be careful to not eliminate everything, or else it'll look unnatural. The front bumper and the side of the car are a bit too dark without the reflections.
Any chance you're using Chrome? I use Chrome and recently I've noticed that the way it shows photos has changed. They are much darker and more contrasty now. I do not like it. The photo I posted above is a good example. In Chrome the side and front of the car look completely black. In IE, Firefox, Windows Explorer, Photoshop, etc. it looks fine. You can still see all the details in the dark areas. Anyone else notice this? Any idea how to change it back?
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #9778
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I use Chrome as well. Sometimes I re edit a photo 2 or 3 times because it looks different after I upload it. It drives me nuts
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:12 PM   #9779
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #9780
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That license plate kills this pic
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:48 AM   #9781
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I don't think that crop does anything for the picture considering there isn't anything interesting on either side of it.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:38 PM   #9782
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i was fortunate enough to shoot the last formula d event, locally, along side Mr. Armin. which was great to compare shots track side and have some slow pan contests


not looking for a stamp, but i did want to share this teaser since i figured many would enjoy it (little different for my style - but i feel it works well with the car)

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That car was sick! However, you do know that now I'm going to hold you to a higher standard than previously before, based on our conversation this past weekend Thus...I think the car is just a little too close to the left side of the frame, and I might've cropped out a little more from the right side where there's no tire marks. You could also darken that right side so it just doesn't look quite so blank and not matching the rest of the frame. I also probably would've tried to tone the headlights down a little bit to try to get some definition/details in the lights, rather than just having them totally blown out. I also don't like how jittery it looks where the headlights are shining on the road.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #9783
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Brought up the shadows like you suggested. Spot on advice like always. I like this a lot more and actually don't mind the boring background. I think the car really pops in this photo.

If you look at the pictures on Flickr the exposure looks better, it didn't carry over well.
Definitely better with the lightened shadows, but I think overall it still needs a little more exposure. I would also tone down that orange/yellow pillar/wall that's growing out of the rear spoiler.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:43 PM   #9784
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thoughts on these two profiles? and to Inkman, the car is a single turbo Borg Warner EFR 7670, built engine, 460hp, fun car! Pictures do it justice, if you look at it up close in person it is pretty beat up lol
I think the FD profile is better simply because of the darkened street and trees, but be careful not to darken them too much so they look uneven. The top right corner of the frame is a lot darker than the rest. I also tend to not like wide crops like this overall, especially when it's a profile shot that's just centered in the frame. If you're going to center it, I'd say you go with a tight crop instead of a wide one.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:46 PM   #9785
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Any chance you're using Chrome? I use Chrome and recently I've noticed that the way it shows photos has changed. They are much darker and more contrasty now. I do not like it. The photo I posted above is a good example. In Chrome the side and front of the car look completely black. In IE, Firefox, Windows Explorer, Photoshop, etc. it looks fine. You can still see all the details in the dark areas. Anyone else notice this? Any idea how to change it back?
I don't usually use Chrome, but I did look at it in Chrome just to see if I can replicate the problem you're having. I looked at it in Chrome, Safari, Camino, and Firefox and they all looked the same to me. My monitor's calibrated with a Spyder4Elite so I'm pretty certain it's accurate on my end.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:49 PM   #9786
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I don't think that crop does anything for the picture considering there isn't anything interesting on either side of it.
I agree with these two critiques. On top of that, the horizon isn't level and honestly it's just a car parked next to a sidewalk, so there's only so much you can do to make it look good.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #9787
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Took down the orange and increased exposure? Good now?

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Old 10-29-2012, 02:46 PM   #9788
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Took down the orange and increased exposure? Good now?
Now it looks a little too exposed, and I don't think it's so much the overall orange levels but more just that one pillar thing sticking out of the rear spoiler that just needs to be tone down.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:52 PM   #9789
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I used the adjustment brush and desaturated the pole. The exposure looked spot on to me before my adjustment. Maybe it's my computer that's deceiving?
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:55 PM   #9790
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I used the adjustment brush and desaturated the pole. The exposure looked spot on to me before my adjustment. Maybe it's my computer that's deceiving?
Perhaps it's not so much the saturation of the pole rather than the exposure, since it stands out a lot from the background. If you make it stand out less, it'll look less like there's a distinct thing growing out of the spoiler.

One other thing I just noticed is that it seems like the car is leaning toward the right a tiny bit.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:01 PM   #9791
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Or how about I just get rid of the pole? I think the car is perfectly level here. Lowered the exposure a little too.

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Old 10-29-2012, 03:06 PM   #9792
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Or how about I just get rid of the pole? I think the car is perfectly level here. Lowered the exposure a little too.
Even better! You've got yourself pretty close to a winner here. Since I'm being extra picky, you've also got a reflection on the driver's side rear windows that could've been polarized or still can be completely removed, depending on how far you want to go with this photo. It's already good as it is though.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #9793
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It's actually a reflection of a box truck now that I look at it. I don't think I have the skill to remove that.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #9794
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It's actually a reflection of a box truck now that I look at it. I don't think I have the skill to remove that.
It wouldn't be easy. Best way would be to mask out where the reflection is, then fill it in with the rest of window that has no reflection. You can do that by cloning, matching the color and just filling it, using a separate layer with a different blending mode...multiple ways to accomplish it, but still not easy.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #9795
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I only have Lightroom4 at the moment so that's not gonna happen. I guess this photo is done with. I'm pretty happy with it though even though it isn't that exciting. Thanks for all the advice like always.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:18 AM   #9796
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Guys I'm buying my 1st lens for sony a77 what should I go for?

35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.4

Not only for car photography, I just want the best that can help in almost all casese (oh and DoF is important too thats why I'm leaning for 85mm mostly)

any comparation photos?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:46 AM   #9797
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Overcast and a parking lot equals good things for silver cars...I could have done multiple polarizations to get the rear window too...but I didn't.


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Old 10-30-2012, 11:53 AM   #9798
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That car was sick! However, you do know that now I'm going to hold you to a higher standard than previously before, based on our conversation this past weekend Thus...I think the car is just a little too close to the left side of the frame, and I might've cropped out a little more from the right side where there's no tire marks. You could also darken that right side so it just doesn't look quite so blank and not matching the rest of the frame. I also probably would've tried to tone the headlights down a little bit to try to get some definition/details in the lights, rather than just having them totally blown out. I also don't like how jittery it looks where the headlights are shining on the road.
i thought i was topping out my standards, but i accept the challenge! and the jittery look was due to panning the car on the bank as it was coming towards us. was weird, i shot that at 1/100th with 1600iso. i have more shots of that car i really like. i think i will reprocess a side profile pan of that car and try something interesting with it.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:14 PM   #9799
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Guys I'm buying my 1st lens for sony a77 what should I go for?

35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.4

Not only for car photography, I just want the best that can help in almost all casese (oh and DoF is important too thats why I'm leaning for 85mm mostly)

any comparation photos?
In all honesty, I would personally own all three of those lenses. But, if you had just one to choose from, I'd probably go with the 35mm. With your camera's crop factor, it'll be close to a full frame's 50mm "normal," with no telephoto happening, and the É1.4 will still give you plenty of control over DOF. Both the 50mm and 85mm will be more on the telephoto side and thus might not be quite as usable, especially if you find yourself shooting indoors a lot.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:16 PM   #9800
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Overcast and a parking lot equals good things for silver cars...I could have done multiple polarizations to get the rear window too...but I didn't.
DOF looks great, but I don't like how it looks to be getting a little darker on the front side of the car. I also don't like how the car is centered horizontally and I'm not sure if I like that much grey foreground in the photo. I'd probably get a little lower in elevation as well.
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