Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4  

Double deckers by Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

February 2021 - Double deckers

February 2021 - Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4


About the Image(s)

Samuel Ledgard (not an immediate relative of mine) became one of the largest independent bus companies in Britain. His first daily bus services were operated in 1924 and served the Leeds and Bradford area of Yorkshire. Being born myself in that area and with the same surname I have collected diecast model of various types of buses. I took three of these and placed them on my copy stand - see original. Taken through raw processing into Photoshop where I cropped before going into Topaz Studio 2 and cycling through the grungy presets before choosing one I felt appropriate after reducing opacity to around 50%. Having applied this I moved to the filters section and chose Digital borders adjustinf frame size, matt clour and frame colour.

7 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I love the buses. I was an avid bus spotter as a child, and my heart still beats a little faster if I encounter a Pre-War RT at a fair. For that reason I think that your submission is great. The clarity that you have created is splendid. They look so new and modern, that the grungy border is almost ay odds with the buses!   Posted: 02/06/2021 05:52:34

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
I like all your choices and treatments.
I am less familiar than you with the buses though, so i'd Like to see more detail by brightening them with light coming from the left front and dimming the exposure in the center.   Posted: 02/07/2021 12:48:38

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the image,the composition and have no suggestion for improvement.   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:41:24

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Great color and composition......particurely the framing   Posted: 02/11/2021 12:16:36

Jen Fawkes   Jen Fawkes
Lovely still life that tells a nice story. I did chuckle about having a bus named after you. I have to agree with Jerry in that I think the lighting is a little wrong here and you will not that the left bus has the shadowed side facing us, although I do think that this works for the other 2 buses. I also feel that the texture is a little heavy over the buses themselves and a mask and soft brush could make the buses a little crisper. I do like the texture you have chosen as it compliments the colors of the bus   Posted: 02/12/2021 20:37:12

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I confess I have never seen any of these in Leeds/Bradford or museums - I will keep am eye open!
It's a nice table top pic and I like the treatment - it almost makes it look like a film slide. I am maybe not so keen on the reflections on the floor, also the two buses touching but that's just me.   Posted: 02/16/2021 11:31:46
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Samuel Ledgard were taken over by West Yorkshire in October 1967 so you will not see any today. Sadly not a single Ledgard bus was preserved. My info comes from a book 'Ledgard Way' by Keith A Jenkinson published in 1981.   Posted: 02/16/2021 13:11:57


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