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Photo Shoot Crazy Graffiti Shots of Xb VS Tc

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njforcedlife77@aol.com

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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:49 pm

Well i got new cannon slr for xmas spring fever in nj so photo shoot.ProcFynest aka milton knew of this secret spot of graffiti.When we got there the crew from http://www.tcfive.com/ are there doing tags. We watched **** and took some crazy shots.So please tell us what you think and check the crews web page sick griffiti pix there.

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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:57 pm

Good God, can we get a 56k warning for those poor soles who are still in the ancient times? I think my computer would have exploded if I had 56k. icon_lol.gif

Shots look good. It amazes me what people can do w/ some rattle cans.
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:05 pm

lol yes def thanks man
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:16 pm

awesome pics both cars looks awesome
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:25 pm

Love it, where in NJ were these taken? I'm located in Berkeley Heights icon_redface.gif
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:41 pm

icon_cool.gif Nice looking rides and pics,but entirely too many pictures posted of pretty much the same shot. icon_confused.gif
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:48 pm

you guys thought it was too much????

huh, didn't think it was enough. icon_neutral.gif
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:20 pm

Kris wrote:
Love it, where in NJ were these taken? I'm located in Berkeley Heights icon_redface.gif

we took them in monmouth county i know alot of pix but just dif styles of shots.
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:07 pm

cars are looking good. i wish there was some sweet graffiti shots around here.
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:13 pm

Okay, I hate to be the jerk in the crowd, but I stopped looking at photos half way through because of how oddly aligned the subject matter is in the photos. In the start of the series I felt like I should be paying more attention to the paved ground than anything else.

Guess I'd just recommend a little more practice. But hey, the photos are more for you than me. So take what I say however, I'm not important. I'm sure you had a good time.
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Post Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:17 pm

first time with the new cam and did have alot of room to back up or move around.the guys there where painting every where so hey made it work best i could first time using custom setting.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:11 am

What town in Monmouth County, area looked familiar? I've lived in West Long Branch as well as Eatontown (was going to Monmouth University)

Love the shots though.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:24 am

yeah im gonna have to agree with aken on this one... there were entirely too many pics of the same thing in there. yeah graffiti is cool lookin... to those who can read it and understand that sorta thing. and to be just completely honest both cars looked nearly stock. i just wasnt that impressed. but its what you love and what you had fun doing so dont stop and dont take any negative criticism to heart.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:13 pm

There's nice parts of NJ?

Cool graffiti, but I think having the car in the lower third of the picture would've looked better in general.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:50 pm

They were spraying while you were taking photos? Uhh, overspray?

Thats a ton of pictures
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:50 pm

harris_23 wrote:
yeah im gonna have to agree with aken on this one... there were entirely too many pics of the same thing in there. yeah graffiti is cool lookin... to those who can read it and understand that sorta thing. and to be just completely honest both cars looked nearly stock. i just wasnt that impressed. but its what you love and what you had fun doing so dont stop and dont take any negative criticism to heart.


the car is def not stock both cars here some info on the car and day and night pix since we are on oznium.there is def alot of nice places and towns in dirty jer-z.

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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:18 pm

My comment about NJ was (mostly) joking - I'm from MA, so it's a common joke.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:28 pm

How was the graphic on the headliner done? Is it projected or is it actually on the headliner? Also under the hood, is that etched glass? Pretty sharp toaster.
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:50 pm

Tat2Dragons wrote:
icon_cool.gif Nice looking rides and pics,but entirely too many pictures posted of pretty much the same shot. icon_confused.gif


There are quite a bit of duplicates. Look through some car magazines and pay attention to where the camera was when the photo's were taken, get ideas from professionals. Sweet xB and great Graffiti though.

I'm diggin the audio setup, did you do it yourself?
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:54 pm

I actually like that Xb, looks good man!
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:56 pm

^^agreed .. ive always liked the rs green
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:09 pm

pOrk wrote:
How was the graphic on the headliner done? Is it projected or is it actually on the headliner? Also under the hood, is that etched glass? Pretty sharp toaster.

the light is custom projected and yes glass.i took alot of pix for the style of shots i wanted feed back since first time with custom settings on my slr.i did all the work on the xb all custom work. thanks guys btw
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Post Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:22 pm

For some more feedback on the actual photo quality, I have to admit they're rather... plain. It looks like you did a shoot on an overcast day. Without a really good knowledge of how to use the camera, or a good amount of post processing, you're not going to get the best photos on a gray day.

Here's an example of a little bit of post processing:

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I realize it's not a huge change, but the car is more defined now. You don't want to get too crazy otherwise it just looks fake and annoying.
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:18 pm

did you just brighten it up aken??
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:53 pm

Looks more like he upped the contrast some.
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:00 pm

I did Image > Adjustments > Auto Levels, then played with Image > Adjustments > Curves for a little bit until I found something I liked.

You can also use Image > Adjustments > Auto Color to help make things look a little more realistic if it suits the image. I usually do that more with quick photos of people and parties and such than I do with cars and outdoors.
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:17 pm

WTF was that glass in the engine. i cant tell from the pics. i could be noobin it
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:22 pm

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Post Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:05 pm

Nice pics.

That TC is in desperate need of a good pair of wheels.
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:42 am

Nice pictures, nice car, screw the haters - Out there in the mid-west... I've said enough icon_biggrin.gif

Aken did nothing more but play for Photoshop for a few minutes with levels (Really Aken, you say his pictures look crappy, and then suggest Auto Levels?) Define them manually (start, midtone, and end) then define your total white/black spot, and you'll get a lot better quality then Auto Levels and Curves...
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:45 am

Oh and use Adjustment Layers so you can see the difference you've made by easily hiding the adjustment layer. Never just go to Image -> Adjustments... Always create an Adjustment Layer
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:18 am

Kris wrote:
Nice pictures, nice car, screw the haters - Out there in the mid-west... I've said enough icon_biggrin.gif

Aken did nothing more but play for Photoshop for a few minutes with levels (Really Aken, you say his pictures look crappy, and then suggest Auto Levels?) Define them manually (start, midtone, and end) then define your total white/black spot, and you'll get a lot better quality then Auto Levels and Curves...

Sure, Auto Levels isn't fool proof, and doesn't always do something better for the photo. But in this case it did. You can't begin to tell me the photo doesn't look better. Also, for someone who clearly has little experience with post processing, I didn't want to go into some in-depth method, because they aren't for a professional magazine, and especially since stuff like that gets uber tiresome when there are that many photos in a shoot. Batch processing fine-tuned levels is virtually impossible.

I also didn't recommend Auto Levels specifically, that's just what I happened to do in that instance, which my main point was just to show that post processing can change a photo's quality dramatically, not explain exactly how to do it.

I find it kind of insulting you would say that to me. You've seen my photos and know my experience as a designer.
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:48 am

You admitted you played with Auto Levels and Curves, I was simply stating my opinion on how he should better post-process them. I do however agree you're quite a good CSS and web site coding designer. I'm sorry you feel that way Aken.

For someone who jumps in stating their opinion on how the photos looked crappy, I'm going to give you some of your own advice, like you did to the OP.

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So take what I say however, I'm not important. I'm sure you had a good time.


Like you, I was stating my opinion. Frankly I was surprised you suggested such method, after seeing some of your previous work, and bashing the hell out of his photos.
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:26 pm

I offered my opinion because that's what he asked for. What I said was meant in no way to be a bash, it was my constructive criticism. While in my opinion, you pretty much called me out for something that wasn't even the concern of my post.

Yes, those are the methods I used to very quickly touch up that photo, in order to show how post processing can have a large impact on a photo shoot. (And I still never suggested them directly, I just stated the methods I used.) Does that mean that's what I do every time? Does that mean that is what my knowledge is limited to, or that's what I think is the best method? By all means, elaborate on better methods, but don't make me look like a fool in the process.
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Post Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:42 pm

I suggest Battle dome to settle this photo feud.
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Post Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:56 am

xB reminds me of bow wows hulk mobile in tokyo drift... just put a hairline on the top and a fist comin out and it would be pretty close... lol
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Post Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:08 am

Aken wrote:
In the start of the series I felt like I should be paying more attention to the paved ground than anything else.


Yes, yes, yes!!!

I was thinking that. Almost word for word. Too much pavement!
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Post Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:35 pm

Battle dome sucked, bring in crossfire damnit.
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Post Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:51 pm

Kwonrae wrote:
Battle dome sucked, bring in crossfire damnit.


crossfire was the ****.
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