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      04-06-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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Question Looking for feedback on angles to shoot E90! *Pics inside*

Just been playing with old shots i had of my car and trying to improve the composition with what I had already. How does it look? quality of pics may not be best since it's done with my old point and shoot ixus camera a year ago, but im getting ready for summer and trying to figure out good angles on E90.. any suggestions? Do you like any of the shots angle wise? I know many from lighting point of view are bad, unedited people and poles, etc but overall angle, what you think?

now I got much better gear, tripod, filters but just in terms of ideas I'm curious what all think. I put before and after together where i used some cropping and color adjustments in PS.

Appreciate constructive criticism, help me get composition better next time.
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      04-06-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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I like em all except for the "before" on the 4th pic

I think a shot right next to the car following that sharp edge that goes down the sides and through the door handles
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      04-07-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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i can't wait to put summer shoes on car so i can start taking more pics. :P
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Good stuff.

On the crop with the boats in the background, how's it look if you get the entire boat in on the left and put the car toward the bottom right so that the bumper just barely gets in, cutting out that other car almost entirely?

I see that you upped the saturation on all. Did you add blue also?

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Im not a fan of angles. Especially with water. Just looks wonky IMO.

I think the processing is one to work on since in the first, the light is good enough.

You got a link to a larger ver to the last?
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I would have tried to shoot the first one in such a way that the horizon didn't show. I think those extreme angles work best with a full background, but no horizon.

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all intersting inputs, thanks guys, that's exactly what I was looking for.

Dcstep - attached is how you suggested. not bad I think. I did up the blue too much - the reason is my monitor was messed up in old photoshop (white was yellowish) and to make pics look better I added bit of blue filter but unfortunately I see in explorer that it's too blue for my taste. I'll address this once it's time to shoot again the car with proper DSLR which I didn't have at that time. And your point about background - good idea, I haven't even considered this, thanks for bringing it up, I'll keep this in mind as well.

Teshi, what did you mean exactly by 'processing' with the first pic? attached is the larger version of last pic > http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4176/img0575ss.jpg
. What would you do differently?

And all processing I use is usually very simple steps of shadow-highlight balance, Level balance, and followed by resize to smaller and sharpen. I don't up the saturation usually, may be contrast a little but not much else.
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Nice. If this were an important image to me, then I'd cover that car on the right with hedge and pavement.

I'm torn about the blue. It really helps the car's color, particularly in the garage shot. Is that Silverstone II or another silver? Once again, depending on how much I wanted to invest in the image, I might mask the car and keep it that blue and then back off on the rest of the image.

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It's titanium silver actually, so your typical bright silver that takes the shade of whatever lighting around. I like it, easy to photograph the silver cars I think, much more so than red, black or especially whites.
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It's titanium silver actually, so your typical bright silver that takes the shade of whatever lighting around. I like it, easy to photograph the silver cars I think, much more so than red, black or especially whites.
Silver is a great color to work with, since you can change it and it still looks natural. Those other colors have to be right, but I do find that increasing saturation tends to help, just don't get carried away.

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thanks for you help Dave. I'll get more into processing after I get better quality pics and RAW format files with DSLR.
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here's my flickr if you want to see the angles i use. you can try low level shots or you can go wide from a corner of the car or push up close.

www.flickr.com/m_truong
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took couple of these recently, i think came out interesting.
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thanks, i tried shooting with circular polarising filter and see how it handles windows' reflections...
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