Sunil Mehta  

Hood Ornament by Sunil Mehta

April 2021 - Hood Ornament

April 2021 - Sunil Mehta


About the Image(s)

“Hood Ornament” 1953 Dodge Coronet.


Camera : Lecia Q

Lens: 28 mm
Exposures: 1/2000 Sec; f/2.8; ISO 100.

Post process: Light Room, Photoshop & NIK for BW conversion.

This was taken in a junk yard, took several photos of this subject from different angles on a very bright afternoon. Submitting BW, processed color also looks good.

18 comments posted

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Hi Sunil,

Great shot! That lens did a great job, and I really like the B&W treatment. might crop a little tighter, and see what it looks like with the shadows brightened a little bit, but not much else to add. Really like it!   Posted: 04/02/2021 18:11:14
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Mitch, will try as suggested.   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:42:44

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Sunil, how cool you are hanging out in a junk yard! I love your capture and in b/w. The lower left corner is bright and a bit distracting. I agree with Mitch's idea of cropping down the sky a bit, as it is not very interesting in the monochrome.   Posted: 04/02/2021 20:48:07
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Brenda   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:43:07

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Hi Sunil.
An interesting photograph. I have never seen a fancy 'do-dad' on a car like that before!
I would tend to select the background and dull the whites somewhat, as Brenda suggests. I don't mind the brightness of the horn, but I feel it would benefit if it was darkened slightly with the addition of a little more texture? What do you think?   Posted: 04/03/2021 02:24:12

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Will try to work on the brightness of the horn, may not improve much due to blown highlights and no details in that area.   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:46:51

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Cropped a little and some work on horn as suggested by Mitch and Helen   Posted: 04/04/2021 16:06:34
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I like your improvements! But I do notice the wire (?) that jim mentioned now.   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:44:12
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
No that's not a wire, Replied to Jim.   Posted: 04/05/2021 22:32:57

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like your revised image a lot. I am slightly bothered by the long diagonal line which is slightly above the middle of the image. Consider cloning it out.   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:41:19

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
No, that's not a wire it is a cobweb, car is in a junkyard, cobweb, rusted hood and corroded hood ornament all are part of the picture.   Posted: 04/05/2021 22:28:18

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Great shot Sunil, and changing to monochrome stops the eye wandering around and keeps it focussed on the figure.

Others have already commented on the light so I'll suggest a tighter crop to make the subject less central.

  Posted: 04/07/2021 10:00:47
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Looks good.
Thank you   Posted: 04/10/2021 19:31:02

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
This is a really cool and unique hood ornament. I didn't know Dodge was using that Ram imagery back in the 50's.

I like the design aesthetic of your B&W version, but I feel like the story of this old rusty car gets lost in the processing. I like the faded texture in the color version as well as the other car in the background which adds context which is also lost in the B&W. Maybe consider a grungy color version to have on hand.

For some visual inspiration... as you may recall, I run a photography community website called Aminus3 where you can "remix" collections of photos. I've been curating a "Hood Ornament" remix from many photos over the years which has some really excellent finds. You can see it here:   Posted: 04/07/2021 11:08:33
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta

Processed color version looks better, I did not post as it was used before and is in Leica Gallery. I tried to log on to the page on "", but the link is not valid pls. resend. Car and Car hood ornaments is my favorite subject and have some good pictures which I may post some time later in this group.
  Posted: 04/10/2021 21:32:58
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Ah makes sense on the color version and awesome it got published in the Leica gallery.

On the Aminus3 link, I think the PSA website might have done something weird to URL when I pasted it. Trying again...   Posted: 04/11/2021 13:23:07
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
And if that doesn't work, try this one next:   Posted: 04/11/2021 13:25:58
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks, this is good.   Posted: 04/11/2021 14:02:03


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