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Winter Truck




Look who's back~
I dusted off my ol' camera and took some photos in the snow.
Gotta say that I love low angle shots, though it sure looks funny when you lie there in the snow. :giggle:

This is what I work as by the way, a driver of a truck similar to this one.
That's also why I have had so little time to be active here lately, but hopefully I'll find some time and motivation.
Let's keep the spirit high.

More to come in the future.


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Canon EOS 1000D
Shutter Speed
1/512 second
Focal Length
33 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 1, 2014, 11:23:10 AM
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:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
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First of all, welcome back and I am looking forward to see fine images from you!
This shot is pretty good, neatly clean and sharp, and the low angle presents the truck even bigger, emphasizing a main character. It calls for respect and attention and these are very useful if one encounters a vehicle like this on a snowy road... <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Nevertheless you can improve this to achieve a way better, non-standard truck photo that will stand out and steal attention form other pictures. Unfortunately truck images are very frequent and it is easy to loose attention in the mass of well exposed, nicely coloured, etc. examples. The popularity of the theme takes the originality down... It is pity that your image is a bit unbalanced, but not in a way that suggest sudden movement or something like that, but simply as a picture that need more care. The low angle is a great step toward it, but you should better distribute "the air" (emtpy spaces) around your theme. This truck definitely facing to a certain direction and not even the wheels are turned to other way. This means it is "pointing" to left. For a well balanced image you should leave more air to that direction where your theme points out, or balance the dislocation by other means (lights, accompanying objects, etc.). In this case I would leave more space on the left, but it is my approach, you may find a better one.
It is very good that this image is levelled neatly but it enhances the feeling that the truck is standing still. While a truck standing still is a very comforting view for its driver who just taking photographs <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/> it is not too interesting for the observer, I am afraid. If you give a definite tilt to the image, you may suggest the eager of movement and even power, which is a desirable quality of the vehicle. If you do so, you may also shift the spaces in front and behind, to controll the image balance, too.
I wrote "definite tilt" because "some" tilt may look accidental, and suggests a mistake. If you turn the world off its level, do it remarkably and let the world know it is not just happened but did.

If you have access to the truck (e.g. you're its driver, or you can ask the driver), it is a good idea (to ask) to turn the steering wheel so that the front wheels facing exactly towards you. (Certainly you may want to wedge a rear wheel on the far side for safety.) If the truck stands like here and the wheels facing exatly to you, it generates a feeling that the truck follows you, turning after you as you move in front of the image. Worth to give it a try!
For such a big rig, you may want to emphasize the length and volume of the vehicle. The low viewing angle is one method for that, but if you use a wide angle lens, you can make it even bigger. For your EOS 1000D you may have the 18-55 kit lens, and its wide end is just perfect for a shot like this. You have to move closer and surely you'll get a certain distortion, but the effect will worth a try. Mind that these ideas are just suggestions for another picture(s) and not a fault or negative aspect of this one!

I am not really sure why you applied the vignetting to the picture. As it is definite on the short edges and completely different than those vignettes I saw on Canon and third party lenses, I suspect that you PS'd it. This post production vignetting is okay if you want to focus the observer's attention to an even narrower area, but this way it is rather a disturbing artefact than a tool of directing attention. Real vignetting always are stronger at the corners and ease out toward the centre of the edges while this curtain-like vignetting is a bit weird.

I pretty like the exposure of the picture. Snow and lights are always a sensitive part, and you did it very well! It is good to have the lights on, but it easily foul the camera sensor and light metering.
Yet if you can switch on more lights without getting the long distance lights (that is too strong), you may want even go for that, but this setup is also fine and gives some more accent on the image. (Ideas on lighting are also for other pictures, not as a missing feature of this one!)
Shooting in the dimmed winter light conditions is always a tricky quest, and you solved it very well! This also applies the white coloured truck. This big surfaces of white may foul the system, too, and you avoided it finely. (Don't really see that the cab is off-white or silver, but the same goes for both colours.)

I hope I gave useful ideas and didn't spoiled your spirits, and you'll bring more fine, appealing truck (and other) images! Thank you for sharing!

PS. The licence plate really spells WAY? Lol, it is the appropriate plate for a traveller <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>