Prelude to Power (1st post)

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    Prelude to Power

    This is my first post here...I trust you will be honest. Please view full screen to get the full effect, this is the reason I posted it so large. Thanks.
     
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    I really like it. Great composition, nice and sharp, excellent exposure! The one thing that bothers me is the block in the background. It is a little too distracting to me.

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thanks for the opinions. I have debated about the block also, but ultimately I decided to leave the shot alone so it was "as shot". I used a shallow DoF so your eyes follow the line of pistons into the shot and stop on the center one, then the block becomes a backdrop (in theory). Thanks again.
     
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    It works, and I like it as is....just think I'd prefer it without. Really nice shot though. Can you share some details on it? How was it lit, equipment used, etc?
     
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    My D70 was sitting on a roll of paper towels. No flash. f/4.5 Lights were out in the garage and my friend was holding a flourescent flood light so just a little light was shining on the subject. We were litterally right in the middle of an engine build (buddy and I), so resources and time were slim. I was just fortunate enough to get time to stop to set the lighting up.

    As a sidenote, this motor is going in a Procharger car - a full weight 97 Cobra that should make 1000 rwhp with stock heads and stock cams!
     
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    Well done! Nice shapes. I second the motion of the background being a little distracting. Maybe a tighter crop?
     
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    that is really really nice shot! I like it because it is very clean, and... I like metallic subjects shots :)
     
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    stay tuned for more metallic shots...I have lots of metallic hobbies!!

    Thanks for all of the critiques. I may have to try a tighter crop to see what it looks like.
     
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    :drool:

    Love the shot. I like the block there because it give the picture a story. I think. Maybe not a story, but it works for me.
     
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    Awesome shot mate!

    Are they forged pistons and rods or just normal ones? Sounds like the Cobra is going to be an animal! :D
     
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    Rods are Manley H-beams, pistons are JE. They definitely won't be the weak link. Thanks again guys, this is a great site.
     
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    Here goes my 2 cents. I think if the focus was on the first 2 pistons rather then toward the middle, the block would not be as distracting because it would hold the eyes toward the front and the block would be less sharp.
     

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