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Old Truck

Old Truck
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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-07-28
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Canon 5DII, 35mm F1.4, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/1.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baisers volés [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-28 8:08
Viewed: 1065
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the countryside near Petaluma we often find old cars and farm equipment. This old truck has been parked in front of a farmhouse for as long as I can remember. I have photographed it before but never been happy with the results.

Today I tried some new techniques. I started by using a fixed 35mm lens and walked around the truck to get the right composition. Then I used an aperture of F1.6 to bring out the truck in a subtle way. Using an aperture like this is not easy and can often lead to difficulties, but if you are far enough away from the subject the depth of field is deep enough to capture the entire subject.

I took the shots bracketed by almost a stop apart. When I looked at the three shots I chose the over exposed one to use. Clearly the left side of the shot looks light but I wanted to create and image that had an old time feel and wasn’t perfectly balanced so I used this image instead of the more normal exposure.

I tried different methods of conversion to black and white. I used the Channel Mixer in CS5 as well as NIK’s Silver Efex Pro. I played with all the CS5 artistic effects and ended up combining some layer masks with different effects from these programs.

I like the final image because it gives me the feel of an old photo with emphasis on the truck that could be in an old photo collection from the 1920’s.

The trick in using these programs and effects is not over doing it. I played with HDR but felt that the image was unrealistic and had the feel of modern Photoshop. Likewise the effects that I ended up using were used only to a small extent.

As always it is important to begin with a shot that is sharp with proper lighting.

RSK, solrac, mvdisco, shelbeesmom, philwalters, parasbhalla, Teresat, KurtPop, brech, loribird has marked this note useful
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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-07-28 8:31]

You are successful Roger,this image definately looks as though it had been taken in the 20's & well deserving of ten points out of ten points,It definately has mood written all over it.Perhaps it's the subject matter,but I think it's more the photographic artistry,that makes this image so interesting to me.Very well done IMHO & TFS

Hola Roger
Gran composicion muy bien ambientada y con un gran encuadre , tonos e iluminacion muy bien logrados

Un saludo

Hi Roger,
Very nice oldder scene in Black & white,
Nice effect and pretty picture of the past taken today,
A very well done PPwork..

I really like new ideas, new techniques and new styles! This does look like an old photo! Well done on the pp work Roger. That is what I'm trying to do with my experimentation with the Hipstamatic App on my ITouch. Just for fun..... just to see what magical shot I could come up with. This is nice! Lots of details here, would LOVE to be up close to this thing, with a superwide and some extreme HDR pp work up my sleeve!

Hi Roger, wonderful image, simply stunning. I would love to get there with the Mamiya RB67 and a few rolls of Efke's IR820. Phil.

Its different but I like the way you did PP work to make this picture something special, Roger!

Your choice to go for an OE-shot worked well here.
The picture certainly has a retro look and when I look at this picture I feel I am many decades back in time, though I am still a bit more than 3 decades old only :)

A wonderful work!


Awesome creation. Yes, it does look like this was taken during the "Dust Bowl" era. Very well done, tfs.

Olá Roger
Great presentation of a good composition. Very well worked , full of mood, full of age,
I love it.
Um abraço

Very neat image which looks like it was taken in the 1920s.
I really like what you've done here in your PP work.
Very original and creative.
Awesome Job! Have a great weekend.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-07-30 8:44]

You have successfully created the nostalgic appearance of this subject with PP. You basic image is strong to begin with which I think is ever so important when you choose to go "retro" in the final result.
Very Artistic

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-07-31 15:13]

You certainly have a great talent with PS as well as your wonderful photography Roger. You did such a wonderful job here taking us again to another place and time. Well done. TFS, Lori

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