Fun Foto Challenge: Cars and Trucks

Cee Neuner has started a fun foto challenge and her first topic really appealed to me.  Since I had only the one photo of a car and couldn’t find any of Grandpa with his Model A (or T) Ford, I decided to try some enhancements using the filters from Topaz Labs.

I found this truck parked on the street near my employer.  Here it is with only some minor adjustments:

It’s a gorgeous truck and I loved the color.  These trucks are big though – my daughter drives the same type of truck as part of her dog business.  I’ve driven it a few times and I feel like I’m driving a school bus down the road, although I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to park it and stay between the lines.  Of course, I parked at the far end of the parking lots where it didn’t matter if I couldn’t park it right!

Here is the red truck using the oil painting filter.  It’s got a softer look to it with less detail, although you don’t notice any differences  unless you double click, blow it up and look at how the details change.

Here I punched up the detail and increased the strength of the color.  I wish I had a different background, especially a blue sky and lots of clouds.  But I took this for fun when I did the daily challenge last year and it is what it is.  Someday (which unfortunately is not a date on my calendar), I might try putting it onto a different background, but today’s not that day.

Lastly, I tried playing with black & white effects, trying for an antique look.  When I process with the black & white filters, I like having some color peeking through, especially of the focal point.  I like it, but I don’t think it’s a favorite.

Cee has all kinds of challenges to participate in, from this Fun Foto Challenge to Share Your World, a short set of questions each week to help participants get to know each other better.  I haven’t posted in my blog from Share Your World, but I’ve found the questions to be some great prompts for my private journal.

I’m really participating in the various photo challenges this week.  I’m coming home late from work and am very tired.  Going through my photographs and putting together some blog posts from them has been fun and a great way to relax.

It also gives me some quality time with the miniature pinscher, who would love me to cuddle him all the time and remains one of the reasons I don’t get another cat.  See the computer in the bottom left corner?  And how about that tiny paw sticking up.  He is so little, although he certainly has a big enough gumdrop on the end of his nose.  He is quite the super sniffer – just watch after a repairman comes to the house.  He can trace – without error – everywhere the guy walked.

So cute!  So little!  So ferocious defending his Momma against any threat he thinks he can see!  So stay away and be very afraid.

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    • Thanks Dora! He’s finally letting us take his picture without looking like he’s been beaten. I think someone in his past flashed him repeatedly with a camera. He’s quite photogenic and cute, but it’s taken a while to get a picture that looks that way too.

    • Thanks timethief! He’s a cutie most days, but barks way too much. Have you posted pictures on your blog of them? At least they’re all the same size. Mine are large, medium & tiny. Somedays I think the Vizsla is treating the min-pin like a rabbit on the track, but the min-pin doesn’t seem to mind.

  1. Great alternatives. I think you might like the sepia a LOT more if you take out all the shine. I’ve been stuck driving castoff pickups from H.’s father’s farm. This would look like them, but for the shine. But all of them area a lot of fun to look at –My favorite is the first oil, which I know is weird, but it has a slightly more primitive mood, (art speak.) Very cool computer work!

    • Thanks Judith! Great thought about the sepia plus it’s a great excuse to try a few more looks. I’m so glad you suggested it – yes, it’s all your fault that I’m having even more fun with that photo LOL. Nah, seriously though, you got me thinking that I really didn’t push the envelope hard enough with it. We’ll see how it looks the next time I post it. And I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • I hear ya’. I myself drive a Honda Civic, but my daughter breeds mastiffs and has to be able to fit multiple crates into the back for dog shows, sales, etc.. She’d own a smaller car for work if she could afford it.

      Yeah, he’s precious most days. Not when he’s screaming at the neighbors though.

      Thanks for visiting!

    • Thanks Derek. I’d forgotten about you driving a school bus – you did mention it in your blog at some point. The Tundra would be a piece of cake for you.

      BTW – how do you keep the sand out of your house? You must hose your kids down before letting them back in LOL.


      • We do hose them down, you are correct. The sand is just a price we pay for living where we do. It gets everywhere.

    • Just don’t pee yourself laughing when you say that!

      Glad you liked the photos. I’m trying a few more – it’s all Judith’s fault for suggesting it. Not that I derive ANY pleasure from trying more stuff out.

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