Canon 5D Mark III | 50mm | F1.4 | 1/3200 | ISO100
Oh my goodness, what an absolute tragedy to see this once beautiful car in such a state! I love the old Lancia’s, and especially this model stands out to me as being hugely reminiscent of my early childhood days of playing Gran Turismo on Playstation 1&2!
This car has been stood, and left to rot for more years than I can remember. Left outside, unloved and unprotected from the elements, so sad!
I have shot images similar to this from time to time, but all with unique properties. This one for example is my favourite, as the front of the car was lit really evenly, and the colours just looked great even before post-processing.
Shot at F1.4 as I love the distortion and vignette when shooting wide open with the 50mm 1.4. The focus of this image is the Lancia badge right in the center of the frame. Often if I shoot an image similar to this where I am directly face on with a car, and the badge is in sight I usually focus here. It’s a great point of reference if that is the importance of you image.
I adjusted what was in shot prior to framing up. As there were lots of stray bits of grass almost covering the front of the car. So I knew taking them away would lesser the distractions to the image. I also composed the shot, intentionally framing in the foreground grass on the left third of the image, because it draws you in a little. Gives that sense of being int he image. At a higher F number say F5.6 and up, this may become a distraction as it becomes more defined in the image. But at F1.4 I think it works well.
Of course I applied some extremely harsh settings when I processed this image in Lightroom. The clarity alone was up to +48!
I wanted to really boost the effects of looking like the poor car was left to rot. But at the same time, give it that slight vibrant red colour too. Almost as if it’s calling out to a new owner, who would want to fix it up and make her drive-able again one day! Wild dreams I know, but you’ve gotta add drama to these things right? 😉