STILL LIFE 86 – PARKED CAR
March 1, 2017 13 Comments
Not an easy image to comprehend and maybe not intended for comprehension. It has been rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise. The little door covering the fuel cap is the little circle with a raised finger hole, down just right of the picture’s centre. Up left of that, and snaking slightly across from lower left to upper right, is the edge of the vehicle’s closed rear passenger door.
Technique: with me, with regard to photography (but maybe not much else), the great thing is not to overdo things. And when it comes to visually overdoing things, Lightroom, with its myriad sliders, is an overdoing disaster just waiting to happen – its so easy in LR to end up unintentionally overcooked and garish – which for me is one of the few complete photographic no-no’s. Undercooked is fine, intentionally overcooked is fine – but the real no-no is overcooking something and then trying to pass it off as reality. So on first looking at this after processing it, I thought (and not for the first time) OMG!, what are you on, Lewis?! But, looking back at the unprocessed image, and looking through the LR adjustments I’ve used, this is in fact not far from reality – which is a relief! The car was not super clean, you can see dirt etc on it it you look closely but, in brilliant sunshine, it was parked next to something – and I can’t now remember what – that, on the low angle, brilliant sunshine, was extremely reflective.
Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and then click onto the enlarged image once again – recommended.
Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujifilm lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom; rotated; 20 Jan 2017.