ARCHIVE 412 – RAINY DAY, MOTORWAY SERVICES

 

 


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View through our windscreen on a rainy day; Membury Services, on the M4 in Berkshire; 1 June 2016.

Off eastwards to Berkshire to see a friend, with a (now habitual) stop in a motorway services for sustenance en route.  It was a wet morning and, quite by chance, we parked opposite a red car.  I blinked my way out of “driving mode”, looked around and this filled the view out in front of us.

This is very far from the first picture I’ve ever taken through a wet window, and I’m sure very far from the last too.  For me, blur and softness have their place in images, wall to wall sharpness is not the be all and end all of things.  Interestingly, this week’s edition of Amateur Photographer magazine (23 July 2016) is devoted to Sharpness, the Editor kicking things off with “Today’s photographers are obsessed with sharpness in a way that we never used to be.”.  And he’s right.  But, for me, its always the content of an image that comes first, and the technicalities second.  However next week’s AP issue is all about blur – so that’s alright then!

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Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 95mm; 800 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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.

14 Responses to ARCHIVE 412 – RAINY DAY, MOTORWAY SERVICES

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I agree with you about content vs. technique, and especially sharpness, as much as I do enjoy sharpness sometimes. I love blur as well, and photos through rainy windshields, which can be so much fun. This is really nice, thanks to your “blinking your way out of driving mode.” I love that! 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, driving mode, especially on motorways >>> not geared up to actually looking at things! At the moment, the Somerset Levels are as far as I stray – with little traffic, 45 minutes from my front door! >>> and this is a trend that may well continue. My world is shrinking, something I’ve seen in others “of a certain age” and, for the moment at least, I’m content to go with the flow! A

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      • bluebrightly says:

        I hear you. One of the things I like about where my home is now, is that I can find beautiful places to walk just a 15 minute drive away. There are still many trails I haven’t been on. It’s great. At the same time, I dream of places like New Zealand….

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Not sure I dream of places now, which may be a bit sad, but on the other hand I know I’m no longer the person I was when I was in those places – and as to places I’ve never been to, nowhere really gets to me.

          Maybe this is due to my having been/lived abroad for many years. And also, re NZ, I read on a blog about masses of other tourists also being there – a good deal of the travelling/living that I have done has not been in tourist areas, and for that I’m profoundly grateful. A

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  2. Meanderer says:

    The blurred colours are just fab! I can also see a set of teeth in there 😀

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  3. Excellent! 🙂

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  4. Interesting I will have to experiment with this. I like the way you think 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Good, glad you do – and experimenting is the thing, taking various versions to see which looks best. And if none of them are any good, ask yourself the reason why and then, in these glorious digital days, delete the lot and try again!!!

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  5. oneowner says:

    I think any more sharpness would kill the beauty of this shot, Adrian. Well done.

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  6. Dave says:

    This is brilliant! A photo I would have never thought to have taken but it is great!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Dave. If I can say so, it really is a matter of looking, always looking, at even the most banal scenes – and of course the fact that we can now see exactly what our camera sees (and with mirrorless even the effects of varying the exposure) greatly facilitates this. A

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