My friends Saleen mustang

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  1. Scud

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    Went out today for more practice, my friend let me borrow his mustang for 20 minutes. These are 2 of the shots i had time to PP i have 6 more ill post later. What do you guys think?

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    Owning a Mustang obligates me to like the car.

    The pictures however... I like how you got down low. You're on eye level (headlight level..) with the car and that's a good thing imo.

    The biggest problem is the setting as far as my opinion goes.

    #1 doesn't really showcase the car. There's a lot of sky and it steals attention away from the car. The reflections are kinda harsh on this one too.
    #2 shows the car better but there's a bunch of stuff behind it that's pretty distracting.

    I think the silver color makes it more difficult to photograph, something like 'grabber blue' would naturally 'pop' much more.

    On both, the sky is either blown out or just a crap weather day - if the latter, don't even have the sky in the picture, use the wall as a backdrop.

    Also a lot of people say pointing the wheels at the camera helps for a good car photo.

    I'm new to this stuff as well, but I wanted to try and give you some idea as to what to watch out for next time.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, im going to be shooting this car again this weekend so ill try and get a better place to shoot. i only had like 20 minutes and went behind publix :)
     
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    er... where's the number?

    3 valve or s281sc?

    my brother has a silver 2007 s281 SC, such a fun car, can't wait until the summer to get some shots of it!


    here are some tips i try to live by that I got from a photography friend

    -Centered is rarely best, use the rule of thirds and get some good 3/4 shots and straight on shots
    -Angles can be good, but at the same time not so good, so be aware of your horizon lines and crop them straight (usually stand back a bit further to leave room for rotating and cropping)
    -The background is not just noise, so be aware of the background and make it interesting, take it with a background that you'd be interested in taking a picture of without the car
    -Camera elevation, get up high or get down and dirty, don't take pictures where you can just stand and look at
    -Avoid backlights, even in the sky, just be aware
    -High ISO / high-speed film is no substitute for a tripod... simple, bring a tripod and remote
    -Avoid midday sun it usually doesn't end with much good, you may get lucky but early or late in the day is best
    -Adjust your aperture for a nice background, bokeh ;)
     
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    better lighting and find flattering angles of the car. every car is different
     
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    Scud,

    I like shots of autos from down low. :thumbup:
    The light post in #1 kinda distracts me. Also, I think the color on the CMU walls doesn't fit the shot. Need a colder, more industrial color for the right feel with these shots, IMO.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. ill get the other shots up this afternoon but they are at the same place so they prolly wont be much better
     
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    Ill Post more pics of the motor this weekend, Its a S281S "Kinda" (Vortec Supercharger)
     

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