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Jaguar S-Type Front (1 of 3)

Posted by
Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 3 June 2009 in Transportation and Portfolio.

On a day out to visit the old steam railway at Holt in Norfolk, I was lucky to find that in the field next door they were holding a classic car show - and on display were some beautifully classy British motors! I managed to capture some fantastic shots - and over the coming days I'll show you what caught my eye...

FUJIFILM FinePix F30 1/420 second F/4.5 ISO 100 8 mm

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probob from Kaliningrad, Russian Federation

Great capture of great car!

3 Jun 2009 5:27am

@probob: Thank you, and I agree!

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

That is cool car as Your photo is cool.

3 Jun 2009 6:20am

@Hidalgo: Thanks. 2 more shots to come!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Will software and aerodynamics ever give us vehicles to match this era?

3 Jun 2009 8:30am

@John Leech: They could, but it wouldn't be 'cost effective'. It won't be long until the humble 'kit' car market goes more mainstream IMO (as almost every car on the road looks the same these days).

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

wonderful photo Ian!....I remember driving one of those when I was in my early 20s. No power steering and a big wooden steering wheel that wouldn't have looked out of place on a ship. It brought a new understanding to why we were taught to shuffle the wheel between the hands when cornering as it was the only way with steering this heavy and with so many turns lock to lock.

By the way, I really admire the sharpness you're achieving with your shots - it looks just right without being overdone. Do you mind if I ask if you sharpen in PP or are these this sharp straight from camera like this?


3 Jun 2009 10:29am

@Ian Bramham: Thanks Ian. I use Luko's Sharpening Technique most of the time, and then after resize for web I add USM at around 50 / 0.5 / 0 Adust the first value according to what works best. There's a great forum blog about it here, and you should also check out the work or Manny Librodo, who uses it. I don't think any compact camera can produce DSLR quality yet, but this technique improves the images a lot!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

You've captured the wonderful design-sense of the car's creators. The sweeping, billowy lines are finely accented by the way you've treated the lighting.

3 Jun 2009 10:45am

@GJC: Thanks GJC. The next two photos to come are better angles IMO ; )

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb capture!!

3 Jun 2009 12:56pm

@Sarito: Thanks Sarito!

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


3 Jun 2009 1:18pm

@Onlymehdi: Cheers Mehdi!

k@ from Paris, France

Powerful !

3 Jun 2009 1:26pm

@k@: The car certainly is! Thanks K@!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Ian, you're such a great friend!!!! Love this sooooo much even if this is not a Mark II... Such a classic car of wonderful character! Your angle, framing and play of light are just fantastic! Look forward to the next.:-)

3 Jun 2009 1:48pm

@hugo poon: Cheers Hugo!

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Love British cars... and love this one !

3 Jun 2009 3:52pm

@Marie LC: We used to make some real gems - but we sold our engineering souls to multinational profit. Such a sad situation our industry is now in : ( But at least we built these old tanks to last! : )

peter from new york, United States

wonderful shot of this classic car!

3 Jun 2009 9:26pm

@peter: Thank you Peter!

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