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Fortune Faded

Fortune fadedJaguar Mk2 3.4 ltr

Processed using Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5.3.

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Parked…Permanently

Parked...Permanently

Morris Minor Traveller.

Processed in Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5.3 Transparency feature used in B&W Effects to reveal some of the original colour.

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Traveller’s rest

Traveller's rest

Morris Minor Traveller of course.

One of three old forgotten classic cars all sitting neatly in a row just on the outskirts of Hastings town centre. This is the third or fourth time I’ve visited these, leaving a few months in between to see how much further they have deteriorated.

Processed using Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5. B&W Effects has a Transparency slider which lets you reveal some of the original colour, which for this image I felt would give a more forlorn look and feel.

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Mono Monday-Hidden Minor

Title-Hidden Minor

It’s amazing the things you find just wandering around, like this beat up old morris Minor traveller. Walking up one of the side streets on the outskirts of my town I stumbled across a makeshift car parking area, initially all I saw were a few cars of the local residents, however on closer inspection I noticed an old Jag and a couple of Morris Minors. The one you see here was almost totally obscured by the weeds and bushes that surrounded it. I loved the way you can just see the grill and plate with the rest being totally covered. Making this shot mono adds a sense of forlornness.

Sometimes you don’t need  to go far to find hidden treasures.

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Red Fantastic

The star of the show.

Of all the Morgans that I saw during my visit to Bodiam Castle, it has to be this gorgeous fiery red beast that won the day. Red is just a fantastic colour, especially when applied to sports cars as they just pop out at you exclaiming, ‘here I am, come look at me’.

There’s so much detail on older cars that it sometimes can be difficult to know where to start. You could spend ages concentrating on the headlights or a spoked wheel, let alone getting the car as a whole.

I suppose when you own such a vehicle it would be very hard, if not impossible, not to be a member of some kind of club. This person certainly seems to be a loyal member, and gives folks like us even more great details to hone in on. The shot above is in fact a different car, sporting a slightly darker, metallic finish.

I was rather pleased how this shot of the rear came out, with so much vibrancy and detail it almost leaps off the screen.

The only thing that was slightly disappointing yet unavoidable, was the run of the mill family cars that were park all around them, meaning that there was virtually no angle that could be taken where you eliminate them from the frame.  Still, I was pretty happy with what I got all the same.

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Mono Monday-Morgan

So I thought I’d continue with another shot taken a couple of Sundays ago at Bodiam castle for this weeks mono Monday. For this shot I got in close with a fairly wide angle (26mm on cropped sensor) to try and achieve a more dynamic view of this classic Morgan, keeping the aperture to a modest f8 to throw the background just out of focus to create a sense of depth. I still bracketed my shots due to the harsh sunlight but when it came to putting them all together in Photomatix, the top half being of soft focus did not work out at all well, with lots of nasty edges to be seen. I decided the best way around this would be to bring both the HDR version and one of the single brackets into Photoshop combining them using layers, then I gently erased the top half of the HDR image to reveal the single exposure underneath . So what you see above is a mix of both HDR and a single exposure.

The next step was to bring this back into Lightroom, where I used a combination of two or three of onOne software’s free plugins to convert to black and white, then I continued to tweak things until I was happy. HDR mono is not something I’ve really done before, I hope you like the result.

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