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    Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    This is the first time I have ever taken pictures of cars and their insides. A tough project, as I do not know what parts interest car enthusiasts the most.

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    Thank you for looking, and for taking the time to comment.

    Marie
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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    I don't know what car parts are most interesting either, but you shure did a great job on you b&w conversions.

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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    Thanks, Steve. I don't know what would work best, but I am finding if I add a Brightness/Contrast layer first, then convert to B/W, then go back and adjust the sliders for Brightness/Contrast, I can come close to getting the results I want.

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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    Marie,

    You don't necessarily have to find interesting car parts... you just have to find interesting patterns or something to draw your viewer into the shot. I think you did that just fine.

    - Bill

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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    Bill, Thanks so much for that reminder. Sometimes I tend to fret over a shot, rather than just the fact that it pleases me.

    Did you get enough responses to do a walk-about? I am still interested.

    Marie

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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    add some emotion and movement to a centered bull-eyed VW?

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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    Paul,

    LOVE IT!!!!!. What a great idea! A bit of cloning on the corners, and I would be all set.

    Thank you!

    Marie
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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    Hi Marie,

    I think one of the things I have learnt on these shoots is that for detail shots, like the first, you usually need as much DoF as possible (this one is fine btw).

    For the 'whole car' shots, especially the 'flat on' views, usually the minimum DoF is better to give better background separation, so use a fast lens and open the aperture up. In your second shot, the background is still a bit too sharp IMO, also; if you leave the crop this wide, a gentle PP blur of the sharp cars parked either side (because they're at same subject distance) may help, but don't over do it. A vignette or tighter crop might be better, or a combination of all three methods

    Cheers,

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    Re: Festival of Memories 2011 Car Show

    For the 'whole car' shots, especially the 'flat on' views, usually the minimum DoF is better to give better background separation, so use a fast lens and open the aperture up. In your second shot, the background is still a bit too sharp IMO, also; if you leave the crop this wide, a gentle PP blur of the sharp cars parked either side (because they're at same subject distance) may help, but don't over do it. A vignette or tighter crop might be better, or a combination of all three methods
    Dave, thank you for taking the time to offer a critique with pointers. There are more car shows coming up. I am trying to note comments, and you have provided me with excellent guidelines.

    Marie

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