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Some classics that have been forgotten.

Some classics that have been forgotten.
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People's Choice in Abandoned rural things Photo Challenge
Peer Award
Vorster ericblodgette_8206 coreyspencer_3845 AP_Photos Mikelsr traceygodby anthonylunt +6
Outstanding Creativity
GeoffreyScrufWatson raevan maryhogan A_New_Journey -OUTDOOR-PHOTOGRAPHY Robb nelslan +2
Superb Composition
fredcox stevenwatkins DaveLoucks RMSano Athena_B simonchornick janland +1
Top Choice
bvine1 psguru davad610 cometolifephotography William_Doyle
Absolute Masterpiece
ebrahimfaryabi DebbieBayless12 frenchiepooh edstilwell
All Star
timothyporter jkovach
Magnificent Capture
Exceptional Contrast



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janland PRO+
janland February 01, 2015
Wonderful capture! Beautiful creative execution! Well done!
traceygodby PRO
traceygodby May 01, 2018
Beautiful colors
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo at the New Mexico/Arizona state line while on our way to a petrified forest in Arizona. I had just started photography in 2012 when I took this photo. It has been a nonstop learning experience since then.
I believe this photo was taken mid day in October 2012. We had left our home town in Colorado before sunrise and my wife and I were headed to Arizona. We stopped at a rest area and I seen these old vehicles and I just had to have a photo.
Being that I had just stared doing photography a few months before I took this image I didn't really know anything about lighting. The scene looked cool so I just took the shot. The only light I used was what nature provided.
This image was taken with a Canon T3 with the 18-55mm kit lens. My wife and I only had one camera at that time so we had to share it. I took this HDR hand held because I didn't have a tripod at the time and I didn't know any better.
Inspiration came from just seeing other photographers wonderful work. Finding some old abandon cars to photograph was on a list I had of things to photograph. Coming across this scene was just pure luck. To me, some of the best photos come when you are not looking for that perfect scene.
This image is an HDR so I took 3 exposures. -2, 0, +2. I then processed with Photomatix to my liking. After the initial image was processed in Photomatix I used Photoshop CS6 to layer and hand paint the selective color. It was a very long process because I was new to Photomatix and Photoshop. A lot of trial and error came into play as I was working on this image.
In my camera bag
Back when I took this photo my wife and I shared a camera. We had a cheap hand me down camera bag. Inside was a Canon T3, 18-55mm Canon lens, a Canon 55-250mm lens and a cleaning cloth. We have since upgraded and now both have our own Canon 70D, we have our own camera bags with a variety of goodies in them.
Do your homework. Learn what HDR is and when it is best to use it. If you have a tripod, use it. You will be surprised with how much better the image becomes. Pay attention to your surroundings. You never know what you might see. Try different angles and different camera settings. Make note of what is in your frame besides the main subject. If there is something in the background that you don't want in the image, try and change the angle or try and hide it behind something else in the frame. The less you have to do in post processing the better. This is all advice that I wish I had when I first started out. The most important piece of advice that I could give is just to have fun. If photography isn't fun then it isn't worth doing.

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