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Aug 8, 2014, 12:20 (This post was last modified: Aug 8, 2014 12:24 by ianp5a.)
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The car was taken on an overcast dull day and had a messy background.
I Layer+Masked in 3 different pictures to complete the background.
The main one being a disused factory in the Czech Republic. Not sure if that was the best idea. And there is perhaps room to adjust the vertical perspective in the background. But I enjoyed doing it. The masking work prompted me to buy a Wacom Tablet. Which I now use. It makes it a bit better.

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Aug 8, 2014, 12:49
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Overcast dull days avoid nasty reflections, blown out lights and irrecoverable shadowsSmile

Nice work on the car and on the right part, but I find the fallen pole in the back very distracting, and the grass just behind the car seems to sprout out of the tarmac.

PS: for the benefit of the bandwidth-challenged users, avoid including full-size pictures directly in your post. Post a thumbnail with a link or use GimpForums' native attachments, which achieve the same result.

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Aug 8, 2014, 13:43
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Thanks Yes the Iron Strut was part of some factory structure. Could be removed I suppose.
Regarding the grass, yes I did not expect anyone to look too closely.

Regarding bandwidth. I will do what is recommended here of course. But! The photography forums I frequent don't seem to think its a problem. It is much nicer to see pictures directly. And I access them via mobile too, where pictures are automatically scaled. Is this still an issue?
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Aug 8, 2014, 14:13 (This post was last modified: Aug 8, 2014 18:10 by ofnuts.)
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(Aug 8, 2014 13:43)ianp5a Wrote:  Thanks Yes the Iron Strut was part of some factory structure. Could be removed I suppose.
Regarding the grass, yes I did not expect anyone to look too closely.

You've obviously overlooked my comments in other entries in Show-off. I leave no pixel unturned Smile

(Aug 8, 2014 13:43)ianp5a Wrote:  Regarding bandwidth. I will do what is recommended here of course. But! The photography forums I frequent don't seem to think its a problem. It is much nicer to see pictures directly. And I access them via mobile too, where pictures are automatically scaled. Is this still an issue?

For the bandwidth, well, your image is over 400K. This is not negligible, especially on mobile (unless you have a 4G capable telephone and network). And in a forum topic, you can have several variations of the same image, so this quickly adds to megabytes, while people being mostly interested by the latest posted..

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Aug 8, 2014, 16:57
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Nice work. Looks good, could pretty much pass as an original photo and not one that has had a background added. The only give away is the reflections in the car's paint work, I have done a few car manips myself and it's always hard to match up the reflections with the new background. Nothing too noticeable in this one, most of what's seen on the car body is out of shot so could easily be part of the overall scene, only the dark line across the front bumper makes me wonder where it came from.

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Aug 15, 2014, 10:35
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Yes the reflections are of people standing round looking at the car. There were more standing behind it, which is why I replaced the background. I'm tempted to return to it to fix them. But as a learning experience It has served it's purpose for me already.
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