Leah Konicki  

Old Ford by Leah Konicki

November 2020 - Old Ford

November 2020 - Leah Konicki


About the Image(s)

I was at a local monthly flea/antique market a few years ago (at about this time of year), and there was this old Ford truck - faded, rusty, beat-up looking - in the parking lot. I took photos from every possible angle, and this week, this image of the brand name on the tailgate caught my eye. Cropped, straightened, converted to B&W in Lightroom, then played around with exposure, contrast.

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8 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Leah, this is not only a very well-made image, but it is a bit nostalgic for me. Something that few people know is that I own a farm in Georgia where my father was born and raised. Then about 40 years ago, he gave me a gift. It was an old Ford pickup truck. He had painted the body red and the Ford on the rear white. The brush strokes were quite obvious since he was definitely not an artist. (LOL) Well, I still have that old pickup truck under a cover on my farm. And, frankly, I had forgotten all about it until I saw your image.

I really like your handling of this photograph. You managed to bring out all of the wonderful character reflected in the paint. And the rear of the horse brought a smile to my face. I don't have any suggestions for improvement. But, I do have a heart-felt thank you for reviving a cherished memory.

  Posted: 11/01/2020 16:55:29
Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
I am glad I looked at this photo anew - it is also a find from the archives. I never thought of converting it to B&W before, but I am glad I gave it a try. Oliver, thank you for sharing your story. I confess, this one is growing on me, in part I think because of the story you shared of the personal connection.   Posted: 11/10/2020 18:51:15

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Love it. I am a fan of old rusty cars and trucks. Photography gives them a new life.

Nothing like the Ford logo from and center in a BW.

Emil   Posted: 11/10/2020 13:33:16
Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Thanks, Emil! Fun to find a lost image and get the feedback.   Posted: 11/10/2020 18:51:58
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Excellent find Leah. Such wonderful texture, tones and composition. The lighter tones on the upside down"U" latch is perfect. A collectible image for sure.   Posted: 11/11/2020 21:30:13

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Leah,

Great image with a nice nostalgic feel. This would look great printed on metallic paper and a square crop.

Here is my sample image. I played with Nik Silver Efex too; Oliver got me hooked on this software. I love antiques so I tend to like monochrome in a border. My basic settings were tone1, vignette black frame 2, border 8, size of grain 46.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:07:20
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Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Thanks, LuAnn,
I noted in another post of your's that you have watched some videos on Nik - I will have to give that a try as I don't believe I am exploiting the software or using it to its fullest potential. Thanks for the inspiration.   Posted: 11/10/2020 18:53:15
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Leah, if you aren't already using the Nik control points, I think you'd find them very useful. There are several Youtube videos about them.
  Posted: 11/10/2020 19:04:21