A dummy stands behind a highly reflective shop window in central Bristol; 18 Feb 2014.

Using Capture NX2, I’ve let the highlights (i.e. the  windows’ bright reflection) blow out so that they’re featureless white, which leaves visible only the parts of the dummy seen through the dark reflections of objects outside the window – a building and, on the left, and an illuminated traffic sign.

Because my blog has a white background, I’d thought of adding a thin, dark border in Color Efex Pro 4, to properly delineate the image.  But who wants to do things “properly” and, comes to that, just who is it who decides what is “proper” in the photographic world??? … oh, let me not start going down that well trodden road again … I’m just going to leave the photo in its disjointed and dissected form, which I think gives more impact.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm format equivalent); 400 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    I think it is very proper 🙂 . I love it. White background wonderfully highlights mannequin. You always come up with something very unusual. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      The day I’m proper will be a blue moon – or does that only come night … ? … 🙂

      Very glad you like the image.

      Thanks for saying I arrive at unusual things – I just like to indulge my imagination, and digital photography is wonderful for that! 🙂


  2. Really well done with this one. Impressive.


  3. Meanderer says:

    I love this! The monochrome blown-out bits really allow the vibrant colours to come out. The model almost seems to be jumping through the window – and through my screen 🙂


  4. Impact indeed! Interesting and as proper as proper can be – whatever that is? 😉


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