STILL LIFE 88 – PARKED CARS
March 7, 2017 4 Comments
Composition: I have a visual fetish for looking along lines of objects – vehicles, buildings’ windows and facades, trees and so on – that recede into the distance. I suppose this is something to do with the convergence of such views, and the apparently diminishing scale of the objects. In this case there was a building site on the right, with a big, pale, solid wooden fence between it and the pavement. In the bright sunlight, this stockade was reflecting a lot of light onto the line of closely parked cars – and so to focusing on the mirror of the nearest car to establish a prominent, solid object to tie the rest of the composition to, and then letting the camera look on down the jumbled line of metallic shapes, with empty, sunlit pavement relatively featureless on the right. The X-T2’s APS-C sensor gives greater depths of focus than full frame sensors, but even on f8 the close-in use of a long telephoto narrows the zone of sharp focus considerably, rendering the more distant cars as increasingly vague shapes and impressions. A couple more car mirrors add some structure to that receding line of metallic chaos, and two red brake lights add welcome hot colour.
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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom.