On our trip thru Namibia we ended up in a small location called Solitaire after 200 kms on gravel roads. Due to the gps and acordning to Lonely Planet this was a stop you really had to make due to the fact that tere was not that many options for fueling the car. However the petrol was finished and we got the last litre of diesel in our tank.
Except the petrol station there was a lovely small but, as in many places in Namibia, German inspired café who served a fantastic apple cake! At the entrance there was a number of car wrecks and some of them were really photogenic! In some way I believe they remains from older days due to lack of fuel.
In this photo I used my circ pol filter.
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marina7 (8049) 2011-05-18 10:34
That's a truly marvelous composition with some striking colors. Love the contrast of the car's orange paint and the beautiful blue of the sky. You've found a very funny subject which resulted in a great photo.
Have a nice day,
HimalAnda (8494) 2011-05-18 10:47
This is a very nice picture. The colors are great, especially the orange and yellow of the car! I also like your composition.
Very nice sky too, due to the polarizer.
Cricri (100305) 2011-05-18 10:54
Des couleurs attrayantes donnant un superbe beau contraste, la composition est très belle et le ciel superbe
bayno (18342) 2011-05-18 10:55
Nice shot, amazing sky, I don't know well the filters, though the colors are fantastic. Great sharpness.
InasiaJones (31248) 2011-05-18 11:04
I've read the same information concerning Solitaire and its famous apple pie, so we will stop there for sure. Hopefully, there will still be petrol though...
I'm reassured to see that the colours of this car wreck are still vivid, as I have seen it on a multitude of websites, while preparing our trip, not being sure about the sun effect after such a long exposure to the elements.
This car, of what is left of it, offers a fantastic mix of colours with the blue sky, and you did the right thing by using your polarizer, as it contrast the clouds and make the colours deep and vivid.
A nice and different interpretation from the versions I've seen previously. Well done!
dta (62348) 2011-05-18 11:44
Hell Stephan ,
A superb subject , perfzectly captured . the vivid colors against the blue sky are really attractive , and the framing is excellent .
jaywalker (16095) 2011-05-18 11:45
Hi Stefan, A great photo of this car that has definetly seen better days, you have captured some excellent light & wonderful warm colours, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
Jeppo (17639) 2011-05-18 11:53
I think it's pretty funny to travel through a desert...and end up in a Bavarian Style coffee.
this car wreck is really photogenic and inspiring...it reminds me some US Southwest shots here on TE
yquem46 (38378) 2011-05-18 12:16
An original shot of an unexpected car in such a landscape
Maybe i'd have accentuated a bit more the red and yellow so as to enhance the graphic impact
Well done anyway
holmertz (36429) 2011-05-18 12:39
This is just marvellous. These shapes and these colours out in the semi-desert, and under that sky, look great. I really prefer this lonely, rusty car to any lonely tree. The colours are superb.
eldancer1 (24711) 2011-05-18 13:24
I like your pov on this old automobile and very colorful, too. I love the contrast of colors. Good dof with crisp and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
PaulVDV (20233) 2011-05-18 14:12
What a wonderful and colourful composition!
After a day of travelling through the desert this image must have been a joy for the eye.
Best regards, Paul
Hansaphotos (6415) 2011-05-18 14:23
A fine capture of this wrecked car. A foreign element that has virtually merged with the environment. Wonderful colours. Very well done! TFS.
Best regards, Erling
stevesaba (8131) 2011-05-18 15:16
Very well seen and executed with the wonderful complimentary color of nature and old car combining to make this a still life painting. Very striking, and a real winner! Warm regards,
annjackman (17505) 2011-05-18 21:39
I too have made the stop at Solitaire - a unique place and nothing much around for a very long way. This is a great picture of the rusty old car. The colours really stand out against the deep blue sky. The slight cloud formation adds drama to the picture.
Very well done.
SnapRJW (28828) 2011-05-18 22:11
Hello Stefan - Just perfect ... did you try the apple pie? Best wishes Rosemary
geoant68 (2751) 2011-05-19 0:02
the colours of the abandon car are amazing as contrasted perfect with the blue and puffy sky.Excellent presentation.
lgir (6785) 2011-05-19 0:11
superb color enhanced by the polarizing filter on this old car;
very good work
jjcordier (72602) 2011-05-19 0:22
Excellente photo, très bien composée et aux couleurs splendides.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-05-19 3:17
Kielia (22913) 2011-05-19 3:43
a wonderful “wildlife” shot and a great impression of this fascinating wreck accompanied by a very nice note! The colors and the light are creating a fantastic mood. My compliments!
timecapturer (44389) 2011-05-19 5:42
Love this! Such a superb composition and the colours against the amazing sky are so outstanding. It is an accomplished image with flawless detail, clarity and light management. A striking presentation of impressive quality. Bravo!
JFS (32459) 2011-05-19 7:39
Amazing shot, full of color and contrasts. the sky is superb too! Thanks for sharing!
lilito (3458) 2011-05-19 9:57
Belle prise, il me semble que tu as eu le bon oeil, car une vieille voiture avec ses couleurs est une vrai chance! Bravo!
UlfE (14635) 2011-05-19 11:44
Very well spotted. The car is perfectly postitioned to the right and I love the strong colours and the perfect lighting. Really great sky with very nice clouds. TFS a ha en bra kväll!
lousat (71397) 2011-05-19 15:24
Hi Stefan,this is truely the pic of a day.I like a lot this saturation so high and these colors under a blue blue sky,it's the example of how to make magnificent works whit simples elements.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
TopGeo (38168) 2011-05-19 23:34
This is a very nice picture. That are great symphony of colours!, I like your composition and combination of colours of car and sky due to the polarizer.
Suppiluliuma (3885) 2011-05-20 1:22
Circular polarizer played some marvels here. The colours are fascinating.
Last year, I attended to a slide presentation by a German photographer, Thomas Radbruch. His specialisation for that presentation was ruined cars and their very interesting dusty, rusty, rotten details. Yours reminded me of that.
TFS Dear Stefan.
comanu (902) 2011-05-20 1:59
colour, colour, colour.
the best way to take a great photo.
bona (12193) 2011-05-21 17:08
nice phot oof this old car (a buick?). Lovely color and details. I really like the blue sky with the soft clouds.
SteveH (6191) 2011-05-23 3:56
Hi Stefan. Great contrast between the red/yellow car and the blue sky. Cloud formations are a nice addition too. cheers, Steve
Rafer (14877) 2011-05-23 12:23
Fantastic shot...very nice composition!! Greetings
polpo56 (15134) 2011-05-24 1:07
simple but very actractive picture...
I like composition and cromatic contrast. Sharpness is good.
Sky is amazing.
pablominto (53744) 2011-05-24 4:05
The colour palette is eye-catching, and the car matches the surroundings so well!
A nicely balanced composition and an interesting subject, a car close to 80 years old these days...
The intense blue sky makes a fine background, with a lovely veil of clouds!
zanzi (13526) 2011-05-24 11:31
Great vivid colors and beautiful polarized sky.
Simple, but perfectly done.
ciakgiak (30403) 2011-05-24 14:12
this a really well composed image, with a very beautiful subject, the colored car, inserted in a splendid landscape and a superb sky.
Congratulations and TFS.
CLODO (28578) 2011-05-25 2:36
A pure gem, with attractive colors under a deep blue sky (good use of the polariser). I would have thought it was in the US.
saxo042 (36674) 2011-06-22 7:26
Jag upptäckte nyss den här fina bilden! Ett tämligen unikt motiv, man kan verkligen undra vad som ligger bakom detta vrak. Men färgerna är ju fortfarande mycket tilltalande, de gör sig bra på bild i detta ödsliga landskap. Molnen på den djupblå skyn ser ganska ovanliga ut, åtminstone för mig.
Hälsningar och trevlig midsommar
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-07-24 7:30
Que bela composição com este carro velho neste deserto , gostei muito do céu , boas cores e luz, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ilDottore (5252) 2012-08-20 19:27
Very "american" shot, indeed! :)
Later I've checked the location and... ups! It's Namibia! :)
I like your composition, strong colours and mood of this picture.
Greetings from Dublin!
macjake (51348) 2012-12-03 17:16
I can see why this photo is a popular one for you, infact, i've seen this car before from different Namibia photos :)
you're shot here has tremendous color, attractive clouds, bright warm light and a unique subject that seems so out of place :)
- Copyright: Stefan Zetterlind (scroller) (3407)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-27
- Categories: Humorous, Transportation, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D-80, Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED, Hama PL Circular M67 (IV)
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Rusty Motors [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-18 10:26