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mtngal Aug 21, 2010 4:02 PM

Car Experiment
What do you think about how I processed this picture?

The condition was difficult - outside, sun somewhat behind the car, dynamic range well beyond a camera sensor. So I auto-bracketed and created an HDR. But that made for a very distracting background. So I came up with this as an extreme type of processing to try to separate the car from the background - what do you think? Is it too far-out there?

tclune Aug 21, 2010 4:40 PM

It's a good job -- but I think I'd prefer it without the shadow under the car having been colorized.

Bynx Aug 21, 2010 4:46 PM

Ya its the unnatural looking shadow. Except for the little spot of color from the line it looks like it came from a different picture. So the whole thing looks like it was pasted in. How about a soft blend into the background from the blue to the grey.

mtngal Aug 21, 2010 5:39 PM

No problem - just a bit harder for the selection (I had been lazy on this edit and wasn't so sure it worked). You are right, it's better with the shadow converted to b&w.

Any other suggestions or comments about the style/processing?

Bynx Aug 21, 2010 6:49 PM

Great looking car with a nice comparison with that old truck beside it. What about the background being the original full color except desaturate so there is just a hint of the color. It would place the car more in the picture but still stand out like it does now.

Walter C Aug 21, 2010 7:09 PM

The second edit really did the job. A nice-looking Cobra.

Mugmar Aug 21, 2010 10:00 PM

I agree, the second edit is much better. I like Bynx's idea for the desaturated color for the rest of the shot.
Was the Cobra really that shinny or was it enhanced during PP?

simple Aug 22, 2010 12:29 AM

just seen this was going to say the exact same but youve sorted it :) looks a lot better now

musket Aug 22, 2010 5:09 AM

Nicely done the second edit looks great :cool2:

iowa_jim Aug 22, 2010 11:33 AM

I like the new vs old comparison through the color vs. B&W, and agree on desaturating the shadow. The reflection of another car in the rear fender betrays the new vs. old look to the photo. I don't know if it would be better to desaturate the reflection or to eliminate it.

These things can be frustrating for myself - I get the right kit, take the right picture, but the little things that add or distract from the comp seem to be out of my control. At the same time it makes the perfect picture so engaging.

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