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Beetle Graveyard by alfieuk Beetle Graveyard by alfieuk
I found the garage where these VW Beetles were back in 1989, when I was at art college studying photography. It's all but gone now, with justa few cars left in the back yard but I took some of the best shots I have ever taken there and owe Des Jones (the garage owner) a debt of thanks for letting me wander around and spend a few days taking shots. The original was shot on a Bronic 645 camera, on Kodak Tri-X film and then printed on Agfa record Rapid Grade 3 paper. It was then selenium toned; split toned - which gives the shadows a lot of testure and a deep purple tone.

One day at college.... all my negatives were stolen and I have just a few left of this shoot. This version was saved from the disaster and scanned in and given as similar a treatment in the computer as I got with the chemicals in the lab. I added a few bits and pieces - the red text etc - just because they seemed to look good with the image.

It's become a signature shot for me and is on the front page of my website, on my business cards and I have sold a few over the years to VW fanatics.

It's a real personal favourite too. I hope youlike it
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serialZz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
great shot ;)
BangPop Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
gracieBABYtm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
I love this shot I love the positioning and sky, yet its sop deppressing to see such beautiful cars well.. dead
skyfreak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
It's become a real personal favourite here, too. Great photo ! It's kind of sad, though, to see those Beetles.. dead.
tommie86 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005   Photographer
very nice picture! it looks like some sort of gang, with the white beetle as a leader. and a great sky!
well done!
ambrosia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003   Photographer
AMAZING work! What you did with the contrast, really makes the clouds POP! Great job!
aeternitas Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool grunge work. Coudl use another more colored version
sinajahn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2003
beautiful composition,
especially in the emphasis of clouds...
brecht Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2003
"Love Deviation" Definitely! Nod
honeywithhorns Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2003
*eeeee* i love beetles! i want one i want one i want one!!!!
ubergeek64 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2003
wow. fave hands down. this is great, theyre one of my favorite cars too :D (Big Grin) this is just... wow. i adore the sky!!!!!!!! awesome awesome awesome pic!
gemini26 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2003
Great contrast and I love the hint of color that you added in there. The sky is fantastic and the contrast of the cars is really nice.
indyrome Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2003   Photographer
i love this shot. ive wanted a beatle as long as i could remember. its a fav.
michaelcary Featured By Owner May 28, 2003   Photographer
Nice textures and very well thought out composition. The sky adds an interesting twist as well. You really captured the rusty look. Nice shot.
hatr3d Featured By Owner May 28, 2003   Photographer
Wow this owns bigtime I love it plus fav woo keep up with the cool shots :) (Smile)
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