Helen Sweet  

Seen Better Days by Helen Sweet

June 2021 - Seen Better Days

About the Image(s)

Since receiving the April issue of The PSA Journal, I've been interested in old cars with rust and/or patina. They are not easy to find. Websites of old, rusty cars don't tell where they are located more specifically than "on the central CA coast." I did find a house on a country road north of here with two old trucks in the front yard. As I knocked on the door for permission to photograph, the owner returned home. He graciously spent two or three hours showing us the cars he was restoring as well as his paint shop. Fun for shiny, chrome details but not as interesting to me as this old Ford. I cropped, cloned out some distracting details, darkened the fence and added a vignette. Photographed with my Sony 6300, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, 24mm. ( BTW, he looked at the images in the April issue and told me the year and make/model of each.)

7 comments posted

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
I can relate to the title...old cars are a great metaphor for my body parts as well :-). I found the tilt in the fence posts and telephone pole in the background to be distracting elements. I'm enjoying the reminiscence in any case.   Posted: 06/18/2021 11:24:00
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
.You're right. I didn't even notice. I mean re the fenceposts. The other, I noticed.   Posted: 06/18/2021 15:29:07

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
Helen, nice capture. I like the way the rust on the auto contrast the colors of the car. Very Nice photo angle as well.   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:27:02

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
Nice capture, seen such an image of old car after a long time.   Posted: 06/19/2021 07:14:47

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
I like the car you found and the basic editing you did. Good color and detail. Just for fun I took into Photoshop and straightened the fence, added a little texture and dehaze to darken the sky, selectively brightened the car and worked on the headlights a bit to bring out some texture. What do you think?   Posted: 06/19/2021 12:46:52
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Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Very nice edits, Howard. You are helping me be less timid about delving deeper into post editing.
Thanks Helen for sharing such a cool image!   Posted: 06/19/2021 16:47:55
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
You've made it pop! Thank you, Howard!
I could have made the fence straight by just tipping the whole thing in a crop. But by the time I realized that, it was too tight, close to the bottom edge of the frame. I didn't want to go back by deleting all the cloning and changes I had made later. A good case for non-destructive editing.

I tried four times to send this as a reply to Howard, but it keeps going below Ham's comment.   Posted: 06/19/2021 17:50:41


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