PESO: Classic Ford

Daniel J. Matyola danmatyola at
Tue Sep 11 14:08:02 EDT 2012

Thanks for your comments, Bob.

Actually, I thought I did a pretty good job of hiding my reflection.
I was so busy doing that, however, that I didn't notice the man with
the sunglasses visible through the windshield!

Also, as I said upstream, I was trying to depict the car while at the
same time showing a bit of the event in which it was displayed, by
including some of the spectators on the sidewalk and the car passing
by.  In retrospect, I should have picked one of the other, and
modified the image accordingly.

Dan Matyola

On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Bob W <pdml at> wrote:
>> From: pdml-bounces at [mailto:pdml-bounces at] On Behalf Of
>> Bruce Walker
>> I'm afraid busy is what this one says to me too. My eyes don't know
>> where to go. I like the little touches though, like the collection of
>> flags in front.
>> I feel that, faced with this scene, I'd either pull back, go wide and
>> take in more surroundings or go in close for details. My own tendency
>> is to go for details as I don't have the chops yet to figure out a good
>> wide angle composition. I'm hoping that Bob Walkden will publish a book
>> on that subject.
>> > On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM, Daniel J. Matyola
>> <danmatyola at> wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
> Well, that's very flattering, but unlikely to happen. If I know more than
> other people about composition it's only because I'm a couple of pages ahead
> of them in the book, not because I'm any great expert on it.
> I've never been one for car photography - Paul Stenquist's your man for
> that. The only car I've ever tried to photograph was my MGB Roadster, which
> I photographed from a distance on a coast road. The pictures weren't very
> good.
> In the case of this car, you have to take what you can get where you find
> it, and Dan's done a good job in the circumstances. In ideal circumstances
> you'd take it out into the countryside somewhere and photograph it in
> action. Failing that, I think you can probably get something by getting
> further back and photographing it with a long lens from a relatively low
> angle. I wouldn't photograph it close up with a wide-angle lens because I
> don't particularly like the distortion it causes, or the fact that you can't
> hide your reflection, but it depends on what you want to show.
> B
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