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On June 19 Astrid and I met up with Nadiuska and Cherise in Rotterdam.
All four of us were totally enthralled by this car that sat outside our lunch restaurant.

For Hire


On June 19 Astrid and I met up with Nadiuska and Cherise in Rotterdam.
All four of us were totally enthralled by this car that sat outside our lunch restaurant.

For Hire

comments (54)

I would hire it just to sit in it. smile
Ginnie Hart: Just like the rest of us, Larry. grin
Beautifully shot, beautifully processed. Good work.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ryan, for stopping by and commenting. We're both on the same page today. smile
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2010, 02:52
Thats a classic car and wow this shot against the black is amazing, it sure has such style as does your shot of it here
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JJ. This was fun. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Jul 2010, 03:32
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Jul 2010, 03:53

I thought you and Astrid might be offering this as our tour vehicle for out jaunt through France!

Your image is a delight, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Our Granny Towanda (Daihatsu Cuore) got much better mileage, Im sure, Ray! smile But can you imagine driving this around anywhere! Thanks.
  • rags
  • 16 Jul 2010, 04:56
wow! nice ride!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Kanyi. We just looked! grin
That is too beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Michael. I'd be afraid to drive it!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jul 2010, 05:37
tonguetongue....after reading Ray's comment I laughed out loud, wouldn't it be something to drive this car, but than I am to 'darn' practical, how does this thing do on gas.......a fortune I assume.
I just love what you did to it, it is worth a poster.
grin I bet a few guys are jealous right now that they never met this Excalibur.......
We had a great day, even with the rain and cold.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Mijn Vrouw. I can look and not touch this one. But I love our Granny Towanda and am so proud of how she takes good care of us, especially when it comes to gas mileage. smile Hartstikke bedankt. Vandaag is vrijdag!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jul 2010, 05:40
Ginnie Hart: Great link, MLMA. I had no clue it was handmade!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 16 Jul 2010, 06:15
black on black around the car really makes it stand out, it looks so beautiful!!! well done you!!
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to play around with, Elaine. smile Thanks.
wonderful, marvelous!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, merci, Jojo. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Jul 2010, 07:01
I like the treatment you've given this hansome silver beast Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Looks like a reproduction pre war Mercedes
Ginnie Hart: You would know such things, Bill. smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jul 2010, 08:12
Now this is a seriously pimped out ride wink Severe babe magnet I tell you smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! It was a magnet to the four of us, for sure, SAVO. grin
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jul 2010, 08:15
Now this is what we call a real car!
Ginnie Hart: I guess so, Scarlet, by the looks of it. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Jul 2010, 08:21
Fantastic processing Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tony!
Beautifully presented Ginnie. What a stunner.
Ginnie Hart: It sure caught all our eyes, Janet. grin
Hi Ginnie, this magnificent machine certainly merits your attention...a wonderful composition with a fabulous viewpoint...the details are superbly captured...great work friendsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Pavan. That means a lot from you.
What a nice toy Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I can see a lot of us drooling right now. It would be a fun drive for a day or two, maybe?! smile
Superb presentation of this wonderful car Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci. And welcome back.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 16 Jul 2010, 10:27
wow..want it soooo baad !!!really enjoyable shot..so cool
Ginnie Hart: It would be fun to drive for a day or two, TM, right?! grin Thanks.
Wow, what a stunning beauty!!
Excalibur, striking name as well!!

Can I suggest something? I would have cloned the license plate out, firstly for protection of the owner of the car, as one can easily find out who owns it, name and address and everything by simply entering the license plat numbers in a certain database which is accessible online, and secondly because it looks distracting.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marion. And I know what you mean. The reason why I did NOT clone out the license number is because this is a car for hire. Maybe he should pay me for the advertising?? grin
Superb shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. BTW, I saw a few French Maids last week while on vacation in France. I thought of you every time. grin
Aha! I didn't get that aprt, sorry for that. And LOL, maybe he should!!!
Ginnie Hart: Still, it's a point well taken. When I realized it was for hire, I decided privacy didn't matter. Thanks again, Marion. It's better to be safe than sorry and I would want to know about such things.
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 16 Jul 2010, 11:49
stunning work! 5 stars!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Beat. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
That's a great old merc! Nicely processed pic, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Tom. This was fun.
Superb shot Ginnie - hard to know where the background ends and the car starts, but that makes the important bits leap out of the page.
It looks very swish (another word for posh) and I could really feel like the lady riding in this. Perfect for a wedding.
Ginnie Hart: Swish. I like that new word for me, Sheila. I'll have to remember it. Thanks. It Would be perfect for a wedding...or wedding anniversary. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 16 Jul 2010, 12:02
Super POV Ginnie. Excellently captured!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Frida. This was fun. smile
Wow what a car, they don't build them like this anymore. Love the metallic looks and that awesome shine. Great front view shot and the dark background works very well here. Fascinating capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. This was fun to work on. smile
perfect context Ginnie and awesome car, like your perspective very impressive, very nice work
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • rian
  • fullerton, ca
  • 16 Jul 2010, 16:39
it does look quite gorgeous.. smile wonderful shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I wonder how much it costs for a day, Rian? I have no clue! Thanks.
Well, did you hire it, the four of you?
Ginnie Hart: Not on your life, Wim. Actually, I think it was at the restaurant because someone else was using its services for the day. We just got lucky to photograph it!
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2010, 18:23
wow.. so shiny , so glamor , so great wink)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mariana. It was fun to see.
Very nice, Ginny.

You put my car shots to shame.

Great angle - shows off the attitude and status conveyed.

Well done. smile
Ginnie Hart: I've seen your car shots, John, and I couldn't disagree with you more. Mine is just different! But thanks anyway for your kind words.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 16 Jul 2010, 20:34
Superb compositon and beautiful photo. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Antoine. You, too.
No wonder you were enthralled. What a beauty! Perfect sitting on the black background. Great shot as always.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Albert. We had so much fun pretending we were professional photographers with this model. grin
Very beautiful photograph, really well.Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2010, 00:30
Excellent presentation of this old car. Or new car. As far as I know it is a replica of a 1940's Mercedes Benz.
Ginnie Hart: You know way more than I know, Louis, so I'll take your word for it. smile It sure was fun to look at. Thanks.
  • Foto'S
  • Poland
  • 17 Jul 2010, 09:53
WoW! well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • brian
  • Australia
  • 17 Jul 2010, 12:57
Very cool! (oh nice image too ;-)
Ginnie Hart: HA! It was so fun to see, Brian.
Excellent presentation Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir, and welcome back.
Wow Ginnie, I just love the way that you have extracted this beautiful car from the background to give it such a sculptural quality.
Ginnie Hart: I'm not used to doing this, George, so I had to figure it out. But it was fun. smile Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2010, 22:21
Oh Wow! You have done a perfect job of that photo smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cherie. It sure was fun to do. smile
  • Aussie
  • Rockhampton
  • 18 Jul 2010, 13:44
wow great image
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2010, 16:13
WOW!! I'm speechless. Just WOW!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. Thank you. This was fun to do. smile
Wow!! Nice car, is it yours?
A+ VAL grin
Ginnie Hart: HAHA! Dream on, Valerie. smile Merci.
Very nicely done , this car is a legend for each man on the earth smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I should have known the guys would like it, too...after we 4 women drooled over it. smile Merci, Zeb.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 18 Jul 2010, 18:31
wow wow wow... fantastic car! and very good shot and processing. Bravo
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Oscar. This was fun. smile
What a lovely car, and your processing of it would make any advertiser jealous!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Mark. Thank you.
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 18 Jul 2010, 22:05
Wahou, jeveux bien la même !

Je suis admirative de cette photo : le cadrage, la qualité de l'image, les reflets...

Bravo Mme

Bises LoLO
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, LoLO. Merci. smile
I'm doing a wedding soon where this is the car the bride will be in. It looks quite spectactular.
Ginnie Hart: See, I knew someone would grab it up, Nigel! smile Thanks.
Somptueuse photo!!Bravo!!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Claire, for stopping by and commenting here. That means a lot to me.
Love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Maimuna, for stopping by and commenting.
I used to go to the Netherlands alot as part of my job and i'm sure i have seen this car myself. You wasn't by the De Engel, on Eendrachtsweg were you?? Love the shot smile
Ginnie Hart: This was at the Hotel New York by the Erasmus Bridge, Dave, just off the Nieuwe Maas river in Rotterdam. That's all I know. It sure was fun to see. smile

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