Tom Pickering  


'41 Ford Truck by Tom Pickering

June 2020 - '41 Ford Truck

June 2020 - Tom Pickering

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Specs: Samsung Galaxy S6, F1.9, 1/285.7s, ISO 40, Natural Light

Captured with my smartphone. I normally shoot from the front of a vehicle, but thought this truck had interesting features from the back. As I often do with vehicles, I removed the background and replaced it with one of my own making. Not sure if this is working, though. Suggestions?


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22 comments posted

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
I like it. Nice job adding the background through the windshield. The shadow area in the back looks a little heavy. In the original, you can see some of the pavement.   Posted: 06/03/2020 16:32:56

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
Like it but there's no context. If you want just a truck it's great. I selected the truck, blurred the blazes out of the background and desaturated the other cars. Not great but ....   Posted: 06/10/2020 07:35:51
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I get it. As a former power car owner, just seeing one's car in a clean setting is a pleasure. I usually feature a front angle rather than a back and I guess that works better. Here's one from the other angle:   Posted: 06/11/2020 00:05:20
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Tom, I think it works. To my mind the back is more interesting than the front with the wood panels. I like the background but I think it needs to be grounded. The shadow helps, but it needs a bit more.   Posted: 06/12/2020 00:57:08
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
What do you suggest?   Posted: 06/12/2020 11:10:01
Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Have to admit I was flummoxed at your question. Tom got it with the addition of a road made by Brenda. I really like it.   Posted: 06/20/2020 23:20:46

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Kudos for eliminating all the distracting background. I prefer the back, too, and like the treatment you did. But I agree with Rusty that it needs to be grounded. How about adding a road... with an S curve going off in the distance?   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:53:27
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Oooo . . . I'll work on that! d:¬{D   Posted: 06/12/2020 16:00:27
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
How's this?   Posted: 06/12/2020 16:43:34
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thumbs up!
  Posted: 06/20/2020 23:22:01

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
This is a great improvement over the original. Now it has context. Crisp and clean. All you need is chickens in the back.   Posted: 06/20/2020 18:59:41
Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
I love your sense of humor Arabella.
  Posted: 06/20/2020 23:21:19
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Yes, the road works well. It gives the image some context as Arabella said. I'm game for the chickens!   Posted: 06/27/2020 08:03:56
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
See my reply to Arabella. d;¬{D   Posted: 06/27/2020 23:53:13
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
You asked for chickens? Click on the thumbnail to see larger. d;¬{D   Posted: 06/27/2020 23:52:45
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Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
now that is so clever! love it. how did you do that??   Posted: 06/28/2020 05:26:33
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Found a couple of different images of chickens on Google Images, brought them into Affinity Photo, where I selected the portions I wanted, applied a layer mask to each, copied those layers to the main image, placed them in the right position and adjusted the layer masks to make it look like they were in the cab of the truck looking back at the photographer.   Posted: 06/28/2020 09:42:12
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Perfect!!   Posted: 06/28/2020 10:43:19

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Any chance you could give us a zoom lesson on using Affinity?   Posted: 06/28/2020 14:50:53
Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
If you would do this, then we could use your truck with the chickens in its various incarnations as a test.. Now wouldn't that be fun????   Posted: 06/28/2020 14:52:21
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Hmmm . . . I've never done a video presentation like that. When I was in my local camera club, I gave live presentations demonstrating Photoshop techniques, but nothing was ever recorded. Hmmm. I'll have to look into what it would take to upgrade my computer to handle this.

What I can do now is look up some existing YouTube tutorials to help y'all get up to speed with Affinity Photo. Would that be of interest to you?

I'm still trying to get up to speed with AP. It's very close to Photoshop in capabilities, plus it does some things actually better, in my opinion. It can be a challenge to figure out how to do things in AP that I'm used to in PS and AP's Macro capabilities are disappointing by comparison. But for a one-time fee of $50 and it's yours, I'm learning to live with it. One day, I hope to cut the cord from PS, but it will be difficult to lose all those actions I've made and collected along the way.   Posted: 06/28/2020 15:18:32
Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
with zoom if you do a share screen and work on the image on your screen we can follow along on ours copying what you do and whining and fussing when we get into trouble
  Posted: 06/28/2020 15:22:42