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trackin951
09-13-2008, 11:16 AM
Hey guys and girls. i have not posted a lot on this forum but love checking it out. I sold the D50 and got a D80 a few months back and have been loving it. I did a little photo shoot with my dad's beautiful 1974 Detomaso Pantera. Shots are in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. I will be blowing some of these shots up and would like a little C&C before hand if anyone has some. To the pictures:

NIkon D80
Nikon 18-200 VR
EXIF:

ISO 200
F/8
SS: 1/100th
Polarizer filter
Lightroom 2 editing

1)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/2853802260_8903429f6a_b.jpg

2)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/2852976671_e2eceb96f3_b.jpg

3)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2852970263_622fc69e9a_b.jpg

4)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3116/2853806648_29da7ef7b7_b.jpg

5)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/2853008933_1f9a5201cb_b.jpg

6)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/2852964837_38534245f8_b.jpg

Thanks everyone,

Dustin

faisal
09-13-2008, 11:56 AM
I find the lower end of the bumper a little too dark for my liking..
Also in #4, the car seems a little under exposed....

That's your dads car...WOW!!!! lucky him!!!

DonSchap
09-13-2008, 12:21 PM
If that's doesn't provide for a really decent right-hand "seat-cover", what would?

Nice chassis ...

K1W1
09-13-2008, 03:52 PM
I don't like the first photo. I would rather have the car driving into the photo with the curves ahead of it than driving out of the photo. personally I would crop the curves out especially as the car is parked anyway.
In shot three the headrests are not aligned. That annoys me after I noticed it.

aparmley
09-13-2008, 03:56 PM
Awesome shots Dustin. Keep at it!

Visual Reality
09-13-2008, 04:21 PM
Looks like the polarizer affected your color somewhat...this is common, but a side-effect I have come to dislike.

Also the exposure could have been a bit brighter, but otherwise not bad. A rare car to see anymore.

trackin951
09-13-2008, 04:42 PM
I don't like the first photo. I would rather have the car driving into the photo with the curves ahead of it than driving out of the photo. personally I would crop the curves out especially as the car is parked anyway.
In shot three the headrests are not aligned. That annoys me after I noticed it.

Thanks for the comment. I do have another photo like the way you stated. I personally love the leading lines in this one. The winding road that brings your attention straight to the car. I do have one the other way though that is great. Photo 4 I agree is underexposed. The polarizer was necessary in these shots. The sky was totally blown out with out it. Thanks for all the car comments as well. It truly is a rare beauty.

K1W1
09-13-2008, 04:50 PM
I think the first shot would work better for me if the car was being driven rather than parked - a little motion blur on the background to give the sense of speed and excitement. :D

DonSchap
09-13-2008, 05:19 PM
Just an idea ... with an existing image

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Corn-fusing looking, ain't it?

or, even this?

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perhaps ... BOTH?

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phys
09-14-2008, 12:39 AM
Hehe speed and excitement are not optional on these and trying to get a picture to portray that feeling would be less fun than a blat around the block!
Have personally been in one of these, Ford powered 351 cleveland or winsor i believe but cannot remember, It was nitrous injected and made alot of power, i was only about 15yo at the time and cannot remember much apart from wheelspin and lots of noise and rattles!:D Yours looks much nicer than the black one i went in though.
Oh and the unwipeable grin that was ono my face for the next week.:)

erichlund
09-14-2008, 01:52 AM
Cleveland. That was one sweet Ford. (Can you even use those words in the same sentence??? ;-) )

My dad's car had the 351 Cleveland in it also. Of course, it wasn't a Pantera but a Torino. It was the model year before they got fat, so it was actually a pretty decent car.

phys
09-14-2008, 02:02 AM
Cleveland. That was one sweet Ford. (Can you even use those words in the same sentence??? ;-) )

My dad's car had the 351 Cleveland in it also. Of course, it wasn't a Pantera but a Torino. It was the model year before they got fat, so it was actually a pretty decent car.

Yeah i must say i am not a fan of fords in general, i much prefer chevs and mopar power, but the sierra cossie's and the italian styling of this may pass my test :).....for now.

Rooz
09-14-2008, 02:43 AM
i do agree with the general sentiment that they look just a tad underexposed. ite literally a third of a stop bump up in levels. otherwise, they look fantastic.

trackin951
09-14-2008, 07:35 AM
Thanks Rooz and everyone else. Ahh you know the "grin." Yes it is a difficult one to get off your face. It is a 351 Cleveland motor with a beautiful Italian designed chasis. This one is in impeccable shape with only 20k on her. As for the photos I will do some retouching.

Here's another shot, exposed a little brighter:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2855419413_5615a7db8d_b.jpg

Oha nd the motion blur shots. A little cheesy but I love the idea ; ) Next time 2 cars, one for shooting from!

DonSchap
09-14-2008, 08:12 AM
Oh, the kids love that effect.

This was a little something I put "together" using models, Cokin's "Speed" filter and Photo-chop-shop.

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or even this image ... LOL

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Remember, it was you that you who took the image. Next time, you slice the cheeeeeeese ... it's your "knife." :D

trackin951
09-14-2008, 10:12 AM
Ohh the cheese is being sliced by me. Looking back though I agree with slightly under exposed.

Effects are fun

K1W1
09-14-2008, 03:36 PM
It is a 351 Cleveland motor with a beautiful Italian designed chasis.

After they stopped importing them into the US the kept that basic shape for quite some years until the latish '80's and they even stopped using the 351 and were installing an Australian made GM V8 for a while then I think they went to BMW V8 engines for the last few years.

trackin951
09-14-2008, 05:34 PM
The orginal owner was actually in charge of and the import rights for Detomaso. He was the owner before us and was able to get a lot of great factory race parts straight from Detomaso.