LuAnn Thatcher  

Rusty Truck by LuAnn Thatcher

January 2021 - Rusty Truck

January 2021 - LuAnn Thatcher


About the Image(s)

My image is a simple antique truck parked out in front of a restaurant when I was up north for a workshop.

Camera settings: Fuji X-T2, 16-55mm lens at 20mm, 1/125, f/6.4, ISO 200. This photo was taken in July 2019 at 10:30 am.

10 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
LuAnn, I LOVE your image! I have an affinity for old, abandoned things and abandoned trucks / cars are a favorite subject of mine. ...and, quite by coincidence, my image for this month is also an old truck! Your composition is nice with the truck being on the diagonal. My eye lands first on the rusty fender and hood and then is drawn into the image all the way to the old gas pump (which might be a nice subject unto itself). I particularly like how you developed the image with a nice balance between light and shadows and it was appropriate to decrease the exposure on the gas pump to avoid conflict with the main subject, yet keeping it part of the composition. What I can't tell from comparing your final image with the "before" one is whether you used a subtle art filter. (Maybe it's a sign of an accomplished editor that you keep your audience guessing!). In any event, WELL DONE!   Posted: 01/05/2021 16:38:07
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Michael,

Thanks for your comment on my truck! It is quite an attractive old beast. I am not one to do extensive edits, probably because I am a tad lazy. I don't find satisfaction in long drawn out editing at this stage of my life. I am, however, amazed at what those with patience can accomplish!

I saw this truck at a local restaurant up north, a relic from the logging days, I assume. The sun highlighted the front end, and it just captured my eye.

My edits, back then, were done in Lightroom. I adjusted exposure and contrast just a tiny bit. Then I lowered highlights, +97 on shadows, +18 whites, +72 blacks. In the Presence sections, I changed texture to +75, clarity to +25, dehaze +17, vibrance +45, and saturation +5.

HSL/Color I adjusted Luminance +18. I used Topaz DeNoise on the auto setting; this I do on every image.

In the Lens Corrections, I tried something different. I shot the photo with a Fuji XT2, but the lens I chose in the drop-down menu was for Zeiss ZX1; it wasn't the lens on my camera, but I liked how the profile changed the image.

Finally, I added a post-crop vignette -17. I did add some grain +5, size 25, roughness 50.

That was it. No subtle art filter this time. I do love Topaz for filter effects when they turn out to my liking.

I hope this answers your question!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 01/06/2021 12:29:07

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
You have done a wonderful job to transform the original image into a beautiful art piece! You have brought out the details, the color, and the highights/shadows of the rusty truck. The pot of flowers in bloom through the windshield, on a spare tire, and on the floor at the bottom right corner brought more interest to the image.
I'd appreciate if you could tell us more about your post processing.   Posted: 01/06/2021 10:35:35
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Kieu-Hanh,

Thanks for your interest in my photo. I did detail my edits in my reply to Michael just above your comment. This was a quick edit. I think the truck had enough character in itself that I didn't need to add much to it.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 01/06/2021 12:28:22
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
LuAnn, I appreciate your detailed explanation of the post processing. Hats off to you because I never documented all of my settings!   Posted: 01/17/2021 05:47:46

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
LuAnn, this is a great photo of an old truck. I like the way you brought out the color that was in the shadows in the original. And the plants growing in and around it just add to the charm of it.   Posted: 01/13/2021 13:08:17
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, Mary Ann, for your comments!

LT   Posted: 01/17/2021 08:36:40

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
LuAnn, I like the colors and textures in your image of the old car. The orange of the rusted fenders contrasts with the turquoise of the gas pump. To me, the brightened flowers add to the upbeat feeling of the scene. Toning down the brightness of the sky helps keep my focus on the car.   Posted: 01/16/2021 14:47:50
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks, Ruth, for your comments. It is hard to control light in the summer especially when the time gets close to noon. Photographers used to say it isn't worth shooting between 10:00 and 2:00 because of the harsh light; I can see that especially in the summer.

LT   Posted: 01/17/2021 08:39:08

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I cannot think of anything to add. It is a well done photo.   Posted: 01/22/2021 09:59:52


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