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Old Mar 25, 2005, 3:47 PM   #1
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My hobby is photographing cars. 26,000 shots so far. I'm thinking of how I can use some of them to generate some extra spending money for camera gear. I know that many car owners (especially of antiques and collectables) are very proud of their vehicles, but don't have a photo worthy of framing. So, I've experimented with some shots I took the other day to create a collage. Here are the originals I used.


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Here's what I did (in Corel PhotoPaint 12). BTW, camera was a Nikon 8800, though I mostly use my Canon 20D.

Any thoughts, suggestions?


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Hi Walter,
Nice job, only thing I would try is to get a shot of the hub cap without tree reflections. Oh yeah and to spell it Cadillac.
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Oops! Quite embarrassing. My only excuse (poor as it is) is that I've not owned one.

Good observation about the tree reflection. Maybe I can clone it out.

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That's OK, I am one of the worst spelers in the werld.
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Hi Walter,

I'm blind deaf and dumb when it comes to cars, but even I noticed this one!

v. nice.

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Old Mar 26, 2005, 9:27 AM   #7
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Thanks. This particular car was sitting beside the road in East Texas with a For Sale sign ($11,500). It was in such nice condition I had to photograph it, even though it wasn't one of Caddy's most stylish models. Like many teenage boys in the 50's, I developed a lifelong fascination with cars - especially from that era.

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Or, there's this one. Made from 4 separate photos: 1) MBZ 2002 SLK Front, 2) MBZ 2002 SLK Rear, 3) A Texas courthouse, and 4) My son-in-law.

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Walter - the first is wonderful. I agree about getting rid of the reflection in the hubcap but that is relatively minor overall. If that were my car, I would definitely purchase your work. It could even be used as a sales tool by the owner.

The second collage doesn't work for me. I can't tell what the focal point is supposed to be - I think this is a case of less is more . . . all three subjects here are worthy of their own photo - they are detracting from each other.Also there are too many little distractions in the background on the right and left hand sides. Perhaps it would work if you were to experiment with the opacity of the different aspects?
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Yeah, you're right. I needed a less imposing background than the courthouse. Also, the front and rear photos of the same car don't really make sense. Plus, my son-in-law's photo lighting doesn't match up with the other outdoor shots. It was taken indoors in the Texas Rangers locker room. Plus, it's not his car (he owns a Panoz) and he's now with the Dodgers.

Anyhow, a good critique and much appreciated.

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