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Days Gone By

Days Gone By
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Copyright: Karen Beall (kbeall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-10-29
Categories: Mood
Exposure: f/2.9, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-31 6:10
Viewed: 1174
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our friend Walter likes to tinker with cars, and this is his 1940 Buick Special, sitting beside his 1940’s era Esso gasoline pump. The gas price on the pump--49 cents per gallon--is from the 1950’s. Walter has been known to drive his Buick Special to church on occasion. I shot this over the weekend when he was showing us some of his projects. I'll post the original shot to workshop for comparison.
Post-processing work: cropping out most of a modern vehicle, cloning out a few stray car parts, resizing to a pleasing proportion, and converting to B&W.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To JohnTulip: : )kbeall 1 09-20 03:00
To sebcz: Hi Seb . . .kbeall 1 11-23 08:11
To ScottHale: Thankskbeall 4 11-07 21:21
To Rickly: I'll have to work on more cloningkbeall 1 11-01 11:23
To pankajbajpai: Thankskbeall 1 10-31 23:29
To Ratna: Glad . . .kbeall 1 10-31 23:27
To ttreen: Hi Tricia . . .kbeall 1 10-31 23:26
To pittdesign: Thankskbeall 1 10-31 23:24
To clnaef: Thankskbeall 1 10-31 23:22
To Tintin: Thanks, . . .kbeall 1 10-31 23:20
To ben-u-ron: Thanks . . .kbeall 1 10-31 23:17
To Emma: Thankskbeall 1 10-31 12:26
To Shogun: White carkbeall 1 10-31 10:42
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lovely shot,
the choice of black & white for this shot is perfect. It gives the shot look of the time where this car belongs to. the composition is nice. very good point of view. Various shades of blcak has been captured beautifully.


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  • Ratna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 68 N: 204] (1231)
  • [2006-10-31 7:31]
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Hi karen

Very interesting composition. love it in B&W. love the frame and POV. TFS.

great shot love it in bw .. thanks for posting the color in ws it really looks great..
and the PRICE 49 cents.. how nice would that be! ;)


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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2006-10-31 9:03]
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Hello Karen,
Clear photo with very good detail. The composition is excellent. Is become you a wonderful effect the picture. Very good work.
Would congratulate.

I like this old photo look with this pump from another decade. Great use of B&W

Bel ensemble qui nous fait remonter le temps.
Bonne journée.

Very good cloning work, Karen, as I would never have known that there were so much junk around the pump if you had not shown the original. I would have like not to have the newer car in the frame at all but you might not have had the right angle to completly avoid it and the only other option is to crop it out but then you would also crop part of the back of the old car but it might still work. Good choice of B&W. Well done!

Very well done...the B&W was an excellent choice!!!


hi Karen. nice shot in black and white. the car, gasoline pump. . . but it caught the refelection of the white car. its still a Good One. Tfs
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I like it. The picture looks so authentic. C'mon now, we all know that time travel isn't just a theory anymore; give us the scoop.
I've been converting a few images to just to see if they look better than color. There is that reflection in the door, however. Maybe someone who knows how to edit that out will share the secret of how to remove the reflection of the white car. The most important question is whether that pump still works at that price.

I LOVE your clone work! Perfect. I may have gotten rid of the modern vehicle all together though, I know you could....it would have taken more time but it would have been worth it. This would (and could) have been a timeless photo....the B&W conversion was a perfect example of why there is a need for B&W. Some people don't like B&W and I'd be able to show change their minds with this image! Great PP work Karen, your a real quick study, my friend!

Thanks for sharing.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2006-11-22 16:24]

I enjoy this type photos, excellent composition and good note informative, very original and guessed right frame, greetings, from Canary Islands

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  • sebcz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 172 W: 31 N: 60] (869)
  • [2006-11-23 7:54]
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How did you catch that scene!? Wonderful retro shot.

great shot and PP...if i didnt know better i would think it was a photo from the '50s...too bad you can see the reflection of a new white car in the read door and the front corner of another on the left of the photo...great texture and detail on the Esso...peace***

Excellent 'Bonny and Clyde' view on yesterdays splendour
Well done Karen .. and saying this pleasse note that I am normaly not such a b/w lover
Smiles from Holland, wich seems empty now the friends have gone. (going to Spain this weekend a week ..province of Andalucia)


I really like this shot. I hate to sound redundant, but I do like this in black & white. It adds so much mood and character to the shot. I love the texture of the old pump and the white wall tires. I noticed that the right line of the pump seems out of perspective at the bottom. I liked the workwhop where the portion of the other car was removed. All in all, an excellent photo and you did a great job removing the distracting objects. Again, great shot!!

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  • Danert Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 453 W: 53 N: 924] (4587)
  • [2007-12-13 16:39]

Hi Karen ,
I like this shot . It reminds me Bonnie and Clyde . I also would like to see this price for a gallon of gas . Good idea for the B & W .

Nicely executed Karen. Good crop, well composed and very well converted. Perhaps even another crop to remove that wedge of daylight from the right side? TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Geographe Bay Sunset’

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