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 By: Andre Denis  
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Photographer Andre Denis  Andre Denis {Karma:66437}
Project #55 Peace & Tranquility Camera Model Fuji S5000
Categories Transportation
Still Life
Film Format Digital JPEG Norm
Portfolio Cars & Drivers
At The Cottage
Lens Fujinon
Uploaded 6/20/2007 Film / Memory Type Digital
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 724 Shutter
Favorites Aperture f/
Critiques 27 Rating
/ 3 Ratings
Location City -  N/A
State -  ON
Country - Canada   Canada
About A very large mid sixties Chrysler Newport enjoying it's retirement.
Slight levelling and desaturation to the image.
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There are 27 Comments in 1 Pages
Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/30/2007
Thanks Ray,
I'm glad you like this one. The "soft" look came about by slightly desaturating the entire image. It came out kind of a "soft metallic" if there is such a thing?


stingRay pt.4 . stingRay pt.4 .   {K:250245} 6/26/2007
This is a HUGE car and I think my own would fit into the boot/trunk Another great shot of a grand old car my dear Andre. The tones are lovely and kind of soft and delicate for this sleeping giant. Another wonderful piece of journalistic motoring history my friend.......Well done. My very best wishes to you as always.......Ray


Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/25/2007
Great! I wait impatiently!



Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/25/2007
Hey Kes!
I didn't say I got rid of my wooden racquet... I only said I don't use it to play tennis :):)
Anyway, I don't have a cat.....not anymore!


Kes  Kes     {K:20241} 6/25/2007
Yep, I agree, Andre. While I don't have Photoshop, The Gimp and Picasa2 - both free - have seen quite a bit of use from me.

No wooden tennis racquet? What do you beat the cat with?

Just kidding!



Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/24/2007
Thanks again Nick.
My next few images will definitely give you something to read into :)


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/24/2007
Hi Kes,
I know a lot of people here tend frown on using Photoshop and other programs to manipulate their images. But all photography is manipulation anyway. So what the heck. Hey! I haven't used a wooden tennis racquet in quite a few years now. I even drive a car with an automatic transmission. So why not use Photoshop:)


Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/24/2007
And I am glad that you give us something to read, Andre! Most of the time I see only shining surfaces, you know ;-)

Well, perhapy the proce to pay for the truth is simply that wew recognize that the paradise was none!



Kes  Kes     {K:20241} 6/23/2007
Thanks for the interesting explanation, Andre. I don't have Photoshop. It seems there are several different versions of it and I'll probably end up with one someday...perhaps that would be a good winter time project, as it seems spare time is of a premium this summer.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/23/2007
Thanks very much Biljana.
You are right, there is beauty even in this big beast!


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/23/2007
Hi Kes,
Nice to see you back.
I meant 8 to ten in the trunk!! :)
Levelling in Photoshop is the term used for adjusting the tonal range of the colours. It can also be used in B&W and Sepia. I find that I am never really satisfied with the results directly out of the camera. What I usually like lately is adusting the levelling bars so that the image becomes a bit darker with richer colour, then I take some of the edge off it by doing a little desaturation to the overall image. The tonal levelling can be done with individual colours or the overall image. Same thing goes for saturation.
Hope this helps.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/23/2007
Thanks again Nick,
I'm glad you are reading so much into my images. I always feel a certain amount of reverence for these old items. As you try to explain, they remind us of a simpler more innocent time, when we were not concerned with global warming, depletion of the ozone layer or where to store our nuclear waste.


Kes  Kes     {K:20241} 6/23/2007
Only eight or ten? Hmmm.


Sorry I've been missing UF lately...

Andre, what is "leveling"?



biljana mitrovic biljana mitrovic   {K:48110} 6/22/2007
Even years,rust ,leaves and brances can not hide its beauty:))
Perfect image dear Andre:))


Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/21/2007
Andre, thank you so much for all the explanations that put on an additional new light in my own thoughts about those times.

Bes sure that the messenger (you) does introduce a great amount of creativity in such subjects that else would be only tin and iron. You manage to capture them in that straight way that allows them to speak their story.

And exactly this they are telling, namely of the times when most of us didn't knew about the damage they cause and still drove them careless but without that kind of sword hanging over our heads.

To me it implies a very interesting question. Could it be that any paradise is nothing but the naive acceptance of things, that gets way more difficult to live with when one starts thinking more and deeper? If so, then: Though I still prefere the deeper thoughts that could perhaps stop that damage, I still may feel some sympathy for that innocence out of unknowledge the same way I might smile with a small child hunting pidgeons away just for fun.

Perhaos too philosophic for photography - I don't know, but it seems to play a huge role.

Wishing you all possible retired giants.



Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/21/2007
Hi Nick,
To answer your questions, first of all, most of the old cars and trucks that are in the woods have been taken in the same place about 2km from our family summer cottage. The first ones that I posted are from 1969/70. B&W kodak tri-x taken with my Nikkormat when I first started phottography. I have a few shots of my young brother posing beside an old 1954 Chevy back in the early seventies. A couple of years ago, I did the re-shoot with him. The old 1939 International Harvester truck is the first vehicle that I ever drove. (in the farmer's fields) All of these images can be found in my "Cars and Drivers" section.
The "auto graveyard" belongs to the farmer that sold my father our cottage land back in 1962. The land is in an area of Ontario Canada called the Madawaska Valley. (about 200 miles north east of Toronto)

To answer the second question, I think the cars and trucks do their own talking :) I like to think there is some creativity on my part, but for the most part, we photographers are really just the messengers :)

I too would have preferred this green giant to be surrounded by trees like some of the other images, but the farmer had other ideas :)

I like your explanation about the effect the big car has on you. There is some good, some bad and some strange innocence about it. These things come from a time not long ago, when most people that used them had no idea how much damage they were causing to our enviornment or how wasteful they really were.
I'm glad you like these images. It is one of my favourite places to shoot, and I'm sure I will be back again.


Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 6/20/2007
Question number 1, Andre: Where the h**l do you find all those oldies in the middle of nature?

Question number 2: And how do you get so much of their story on a single photo?

I almost hear it telling me stories about a worls, that was perhaps not as perfect, as romantic remembrance wants to have it, but much simpler and in some ways also naiver. There was the good and the bad, the nice and the ugly, and pocket calculators were miracles of the future. ;-)

Excellent DoF and detail, but also coloring. I would prefere it all in green, without those white walls at the background, but they do give some additional sense of depth.

More of them, please!

Best wishes,



Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/20/2007
Thanks for visiting and commenting Sandor!


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/20/2007
Thanks you for visiting and for the nice comment Kike! I'm glad you like the image.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/20/2007
Thanks Andrzej,
It is in the same little area that a lot of the abandoned cars in my portfolio come from. The VW is nearby. The old school bus, 54 Chevy and old farm truck are also near by.
This one could probably be restored. Still it has been here for a long time. Notice the plates have 1973 on them.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/20/2007
Thanks for visiting and commenting Olga,
I'm glad you like it.


Sandor Feltoti   {K:752} 6/20/2007
Yes!!!! Big shot... :))


Andrzej Pradzynski Andrzej Pradzynski   {K:22541} 6/20/2007
Andre, does she has any buddies or friends in the area or just lives lonely life slowly assimilating with nature. She still proudly carry Ontario license plate and seems like she's on her 4 feet. Nice story, NJ


kike Calvo kike Calvo   {K:11291} 6/20/2007
Preciosa foto. El color del coche hace que vaya apareciendo poco a poco. Me gusta el punto de vista que has usado.
Un saludo


Olga Vareli Olga Vareli   {K:22471} 6/20/2007
a ghost car, great!I like it.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 6/20/2007
Thanks Alicia,
Yes, it was supposed to be for six people, but you could easily get eight or ten in there. :)


Alicia Popp   {K:87532} 6/20/2007
Ufffff... ya lo creo que gigante!




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