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Photographer Andre Denis  Andre Denis {Karma:66407}
Project N/A Camera Model Fuji S5000
Categories Transportation
Historical
Film Format Digital JPEG Norm
Portfolio Cars & Drivers
At The Cottage
Lens Fujinon
Uploaded 6/13/2007 Film / Memory Type Digital
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 813 Shutter 1/250
Favorites Aperture f/3.5
Critiques 26 Rating
6.50
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Location City -  N/A
State -  ONTARIO
Country - Canada   Canada
About The original emblem and chrome from an early 50's VW Beetle (small back window) resting in the woods.
Slightly desaturated in Photoshop.
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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/27/2007
Thanks again Anne.
I'm glad you like it.
Andre

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RC. Dany RC. Dany   {K:64104} 9/27/2007
Excellent .

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 8/8/2007
Hi Thilo,
Good to see you back again BTW.
Yes, I was pleased with the over-all effect of this one.
I have to admit, when it comes to formating, I quite often stray from the standard square or 35mm formats with my crops. Usually, for Usefilm posting, I aim for 850 vertical or 850 horizontal and let the other dimension take care of itself. I've never really been very particular about sticking with the standard formats in my cropping of prints either. (this often leads to me making my own matts for frames)
Andre

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Thilo Bayer Thilo Bayer   {K:50358} 8/8/2007
Hi Andre,

I really like this one from you rotten car portfolio =)

DOF and composing is wisely chosen. Like the desaturated look.

Maybe the indifferent format (not really rectangle, not really square) reduces the impact a tad.

Take care, Thilo

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 8/2/2007
Thanks so much Manu,
I'm glad you like it. I find myself using the Desaturation tool an awful lot lately on this kind of image. It really seems to work nicely. As you say "subtle"
Andre

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Manu    Manu     {K:13082} 7/28/2007
Excellent stuff...one of the best in the collection....good PS work, subtle..

Manu

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 7/3/2007
Of course, Andre, and it seems to be still not very well understood, that simply pulling some strings in coincidence (or just shooting something) will likely not produce some remarkable music (or image) but rather probabilistic noise. ;-)

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/30/2007
Hi Nick,
Yes, and I imagine the same thing would apply to painting, writing, and music. :)
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/25/2007
Exactly, Andre! Breaking rules demands to have undertood first what the "rules" are, or else it is quite easy to declare anything to arts without knowing what the point is. And the point is definitely not to do "something" without conscious thinking, esopecually when it comes to *consciously* breaking the rules.

Nick

P.S.: Break them, break them! And know what your're braking! ;-)

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/24/2007
Hi Nick,
Yeah, I don't think there are any real rules :)
people make images to the rules, they become normal and mainstream, then people break the rules and call it art :)
Don't misunderstand me though, I still believe that we have to understand what appeals to people's senses and how to produce that image. Then we can play with breaking the rules :)
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/24/2007
Oh, forgot to say: Yes, sometimes, like for example in this case, it really works making the leading lines starting soft with gradually more and more sharpness. It would be interesting to know in which cases it works well, but I think that therr can be no simple recipe for this.

Nick

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/24/2007
Yes, drive over them, stomp them to the ground, what? ;-) I don't even have a driving licence,but if I had one I would probably drive a tank! ;-)

Thank you very much on the info about the designer of the emblem. Sad but true, and such things hapopen quite often to people that do design. It seems that they are perhaps great workers of mind but they don't seem to understand a lot about how money works. At least they named a small street after the name of the "master of pencil", as he is also known.

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/23/2007
Thanks Nick,
I thought the ascending sharpness worked well in this one too. The single line of chrome leading up to the vw emblem seems to work pretty well and the fact that it starts of kind of soft helps too.

I think I heard about that Paris/Dakar beetle! It's a good story anyway :) The old Beetles are a far cry from the new Paris/Dakar Touregs though. I would love one of those Race Touregs for fighting my way through the traffic on the way to work :)

Here is some useless information about the Volkswagen emblem. One of the engineers that worked on the early engine design for the very first Beetle prototypes in the 1930's won 50 marks for designing the emblem in a company run contest. As far as I know, that is all the compensation that he ever got. His name is Franz Reimspiess.
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/21/2007
Hi Andre!

The thumb of this one, again, does not correspond to the real phot at all! I think that it was the slight desaturation that made the emblem so prominent on the grey tin. It almost shines the soul of that oldie that nonetheless keeps on rolling and rolling, if it is given the chance to do so.

The image has something of an "entrance" to the manufacturing plants of the beetle - like telling us: "here we make a car that doesn't have much, but also doesn't fear much". But perhaps this is only my own impression, since it was always my dream of a car.

I guess this could be a leading image for some kind if VW-prospect dealing with history - with then and now, and with the remaining robustness of such cars, even if it doesn't exist anymore.

Just as a side note: There has really been a beetle on the rally Paris-Dakar that was fed with... stomped bananas (!) instead of hydraulik oil in the middle of the desert.. and that indestructible thing did finished the race and had no problems! Now, if that isn't sympathetic and environment friendly ;-)

back to the photo now, I think that the ascening sharpness of detail from the front to the back does enhance very well the emblem itself. It works like an idea that starts in a vague state and gets more and more concrete at the end. And the coloring supports this production-like schema very well. Just industrial metal (?) but the idea behind it is striking, both on the car as on the picture itself.

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/20/2007
Thanks Annemette.
I used a lot of desaturation on the whole series of this old car. I think that helps with the texture and paint-like feel to this image.
Andre

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Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen   {K:55244} 6/18/2007
Very nice rustic photo with good texture and colours- a bit paintinglike.
Take care
Annemette

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/16/2007
Hi Jorge,
It is quite a coincidence that your image is probably the exact factory colour that this one was when brand new. I don't even think this one was ever repainted. It is an early 50's model that has been here on this spot since 1969.
Andre

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Jorge Meira Jorge Meira   {K:815} 6/15/2007
what have you done to my car???or it get this damage in the way to Canada????great photo Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/14/2007
Thanks Fadel,
I liked the sort of soft look that I got from this one. It is the emblem right at the top of the front hood. Or should I say trunk?
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/14/2007
Thanks Mike,
The three previous uploads are also of this VW if you are interested.
Thanks for visiting and commenting.
Andre

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Mike  Adams Mike  Adams   {K:7180} 6/14/2007
Wonderful shot.
Great tones and excellent focus.
Wonderful title. I haven't heard it called that in years!

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Fadel J Fadel J   {K:13974} 6/14/2007
The textures and details are amazing Andre! Glory be to VW :)

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/14/2007
Thanks Alicia,
This is a VW from the early 50's. It has been here for over 35 years.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 6/14/2007
Thanks again Dave,
It would be a crime to take this chrome emblem and the enamel badge off the car now after it has survived like this for so long.
Andre

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Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 6/14/2007
Excellent detail and textures, Andre!
Dave.

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Alicia Popp   {K:87532} 6/14/2007
Conocido logo... estupendas texturas, luz, color... felicitaciones!!!

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