Lou McLove  

Fun in the Dirt by Lou McLove

August 2022 - Fun in the Dirt

August 2022 - Lou McLove


About the Image(s)

Toledo is home of the Jeep and Jeeps are quite popular here, I do not own one myself. Anyhow, the local Jeep club had an outing at a huge automotive test facility. The event was open to the public with a parade and various off-road obstacle courses. I got quite a few videos and still shots of the event, it was a dry day and the dust was really flying.

This image is a frame from a video so I don't have any particulars other then I shot it with my Mavic Pro. I lightened the image in Lightroom and then in Photoshop I moved the two vehicles on the left towards the middle and then cropped a bit from the left side. To my eye there was too much empty room in the middle in the original image.

4 comments posted

Don Stouder   Don Stouder
This is an interesting image. I am glad you captured the dust being blown by the one jeep. Without that it would seem to be just a static, and to me, less interesting, image.

In fact, you may to consider cropping the two vehicles on the left entirely and focusing the attention on the center jeeps. And since it is a frame grab from a video, there may be another frame that shows dust from both jeeps.   Posted: 08/02/2022 12:41:47
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Don. I think you're right about cropping out the Jeeps on the left. Unfortunately I don't have a frame with both Jeeps kicking up dust. The one is on a steep incline and must be spinning his wheels.   Posted: 08/04/2022 17:04:08

Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Hi Lou. Your edits were good. Cropping out the horizon at the top brought the viewer more into the scene, and cloning out the concrete abutment/wall at the bottom removed that distraction. I really wish the car on the right was not cut in half. I covered that part of the window to see how it looked cropped, but it actually is important to the storyline.

I think the finished image is a little too bright. I would recommend reducing the exposure a bit, especially in the light road areas in the center. And you might want to darken the edges and corners to keep the viewer's eye in the center where the action is (but not the area around the red jeep).

If you crop off the two vehicles on the left, it will be a much different picture. At that point, you might want to just crop into the car on the hill and the dust he is kicking up, if you have enough pixels for it.   Posted: 08/07/2022 13:18:55

Julie Vause
Hi Lou. Personally I prefer the original shot, with its wide scope and the red vehicle over to the left. I think that seeing the fields and sky in the distance gives the scene greater perspective. I do feel the brightness in the centre with the dust, could be toned down a little, otherwise it's fine. I really enjoyed looking at this picture. It looks a lot of fun. Nice!   Posted: 08/08/2022 01:44:05


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