Parked car reflecting red shop, Park Street, central Bristol; 30 Sept 2015.

A blue car parked on Bristol’s Park Street, with the reflection of a red shop front in its chrome door handles.

Minimalist I suppose, with little detail in focus; and a world of fantasy quite divorced from reality.  For a start, the car was a deeper blue, and its side had reflections of the pavement’s rectangular paving stones – but this is restored (and hence not always entirely accurate) colour – the image has been taken into black and white and then had some of its colours restored.

Another crop of this might include just the nearer door catch, and a larger version of the red reflection.  But I like the feeling of depth and perspective that inclusion of the second door handle brings – this is not just an image of a door handle, this is a view – for as well as seeing the nearer handle, we are looking on past it into “the distance”, where the second, out of focus handle visually repeats the first.

How things change!  My previous post was of a dark and sombre landscape, and now your eyes are gladdened – or more probably >>> assaulted!!! – by this.  As stated on my “ABOUT” page, I’m interested in images generally, and thus do not want to be constrained within a single genre.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 270mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Overexposed RV+1 preset and selectively restoring colour.

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. bluebrightly says:

    My eyes are not assaulted at all – I love this – I love the stylishness of it. I like it with both handles too, and wouldn’t really need to see the reflection in detail – I see that it’s there, but it’s the whole thing – I guess the gestalt – that works for me.


  2. a fantastic perspective!


  3. Wonderful photo, Adrian.


  4. Truels says:

    Nice image – you did some fine processing here 🙂


  5. Meanderer says:

    Wow – just seen this in the reader whilst logged into WP, and it really jumped out at me.

    I love the colour restoration you have done on the body of the car – the soft blues and whites look like they have been handpainted; a very attractive effect, especially with the purple and yellow patches. This softness contrasts wonderfully with the sharper reflection in the handle – and the strong red.

    Great imagination to create this one, Adrian. Another favourite 🙂

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  6. paula graham says:

    Love everything about it, the overexposure of the unimportant bits, the visibility of the bits that tell us what we are probably seeing, and of course the red reflection crowns it all. Super stuff.


  7. bananabatman says:

    I follow your logic for including the far handle, and it works. Tricky decision which way to go, but you got it right again.


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