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Bonnie And Clyde Were Here by Don Hill

January 2022 - Bonnie And Clyde Were Here

January 2022 - Don Hill


About the Image(s)

I shot this image with a Nikon Film Camera, not sure what model with a 19mm lens. I used a 400 ASA Ilford film and scanned the negative into my computer (a flatbed Epson scanner with a film scanner attachment). I decided to go backwards and try to add some color to the image. This was a truck door of an early 1900 pickup truck. The door was shot to death. I opened the image in Photoshop and then opened NIK Color Efex Pro 4. I used the Bi-color user defined filter and played around with the different sort of color gradients. I then opened a Curves layer and lightened the bottom of the image. Finally, I dodged the shadows of the hinges, but it may not have been enough. So, the truck is no longer there, so I am pleading with everyone to let me know if I should have left it Black and White, or maybe even gone wild and added other colors. I don’t know. I really need help on this one. To me, it is a one of a kind subject that has been gone for years. Thanks for your help

7 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I like the color work you did. It brings out the textures. There really is a tactility to film, isn't there? The pattern was mesmerizing and drew me to study the image. Though I couldn't be sure if they were bullet holes or something made by animals.I wish it was clearer that we are looking at a truck door.
I didn't notice the title right away, but once I read it, though I still wasn't sure if it was a truck or the door of a warehouse or something, I was at least sure they were bullet holes.
So as an abstract this image really works for me. As an image with a story, it doesn't work until I read the title.
do you have other images, maybe one that is a bit wider? It would be interesting to compare.   Posted: 01/07/2022 19:49:35

Don Hill   Don Hill
Alison, thank you for your kind words. I will work on making things more clear, when I am trying to tell a story. I tend to shoot tight, which I am working on. I will assure you the holes are from bullits. Most of the signs and mailboxes in the area were shot up. Out in the country, it appears to be a favorite passtime. Thank you again for your comments.   Posted: 01/13/2022 10:50:46

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Don, I love the story behind the image, but unfortunately it does not come through in your image as I can't see any of the truck. I really like the treatment that you have done. I love the colour as it now looks very rusty. I would not add other colours. Perhaps consider straightening the image slightly to make the black line of the door on the left appear straight. I would also clone out the diagonal line in the top right hand corner. I can only imagine what was happening when the door was shot to pieces! What a shame that the truck is no longer around for you to take more photos of.   Posted: 01/14/2022 04:29:16

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I love rusted automobiles. I do like the black and white. I really like the texture in the rusted white, but I would try some more color. The white auto looks a little washed out.   Posted: 01/14/2022 06:45:57

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
This is almost abstract, at first I thought it was poppies in a field. I would slightly straighten the door and clone out the stripe top right hand corner, otherwise it's fine.
I would like to see a wider view of the car, I hope you took several shots of it yourself.   Posted: 01/17/2022 04:11:39

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Group, There were some interesting comments about my door. I tend to shoot a lot of abstract, or bordering on abstract images. I left the hindges in so the viewer might wonder if that was a vehicle. My mistake was telling you that this was an old truck. I sometimes get so caught up in my image that I don't see little things like: it's not straight. So I fixed that and played around with Nik HDR Tone mapping and wanted to post this so I feel like at least I can get it straight. Thanks, that is why I like this group so much. You make me work harder.   Posted: 01/18/2022 12:01:23

Don Hill   Don Hill
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