OUTER SUBURBS 148 – EARLY MORNING 26

 

 


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Autumn sets in, the year ages, and early mornings are often a visually enchanting world of soft light and deep shadow.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban settings, and from Kenya too – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 38mm (equiv) >>> and even working at 6400 ISO, the shutter speed was still only 1/20th second;  Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 24 Oct 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 423 – TOTNEY DROVE (MONO)

 

 


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Morning commute in the countryside: high speeds down narrow lanes.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format at 450mm; in-camera processing of raw file, starting at the Graphite profile; further processing of the jpeg in Lightroom; Totney Drove, on Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wedmore; 9 Sept 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 143 – PARKING FOR CARS (MONO)

 

 


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Parking along a main street.  This is not a wealthy area of the city: note the pawn brokers’ signs – the suspended metallic orbs – above the pavement on the left.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W Blue Filter profile; south Bristol; 29 Jan 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 138 – GARDENS IN SUBURBIA

 

 


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Front gardens >>> tasteful modern Minimalism perhaps >>> or yet another example of the ongoing subjugation of All Things Green to convenience and The Age of the Car?

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 250 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 19 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 137 – PARKED CAR 7

 

 


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Parked, claustrophobically; hemmed in by the blank, looming masses of the built environment, within which – we can only hope – warm domesticity universally prevails.

There are earlier images in this Parked Car series here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 22 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 129 – PARKED CAR 6

 

 


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Walking towards the early morning sun, head down against the glare.  Walking past cars parked along a roaring main road, and glorying in the fierce light glinting and sparking off surfaces that, at once sleek, engineered and immaculate, are nevertheless now alive, organic and streaming in the heavy dew.

There are earlier images in this Parked Car series here: 1 2 3 4 5 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 29 August 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 128 – EARLY MORNING 9

 

 


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Early morning in the outer suburbs: sunlight weak, shadows wan, and the cars dripping with dew.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from rural areas – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 21 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 125 – FRONT GARDENS

 

 


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Botanical Rebellion in the Age Of The Car >>> let’s hear it for the bush!!!

(Postscript: a few days after I shot this, the bush was pruned / aka hacked, but I’m not going to tell you that …)

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 29 July 2019.
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PEOPLE 372 – SELFIE, WITH TRAINERS, CAR DOOR HANDLE AND (REDUCED!) BEER GUT

 

 


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Just getting back from one of my marathon walks around Bristol’s outer suburbs and, seeing my neighbour sitting in his car, leaned on the ledge of the open passenger door window to pass the time of day with him.  Looking down, I could see the stripes of my old shirt reflected in the car’s bodywork and door handle and, well, the TG-5 was as always in my pocket …  My neighbour considered me mad of course, but then that’s just one, evidently minority, opinion.

So, taking the image from the top, what’s here?  At the top, the fully wound down window of the car between its black rubber seals – not sure if that’s the right word, but you know what I mean.

Below which is a curved surface, reflected in which can be seen the blue Bristol sky, together with my two rather scrawny hands, between which is a dark area that is the camera, the TG-5.

Below again is this huge, rounded and striped affair which is my paunch (well I am The FATman …) – but nothing like as big as it used to be, despite having been nourished by many thousands of Belgian golden ales, and in any case thankfully covered up by an old striped shirt.  To either side of me are the reflected reds and greens of a garden.

Below that again, the car’s door handle, reflecting clouds in Bristol’s blue sky, along with more of my shirt’s stripes.

And, finally, far below, my neighbour’s driveway and the toes of my trainers.

A souvenir – perhaps eccentric, perhaps not – of passing the time of day for a few minutes with my neighbour, on a sunny Bristol afternoon.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 19 Aug 2019.
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ARCHIVE 420 – PARKED CAR 5

 

 


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Sports car, Wells, Somerset; 1 May 2005.

Ninety degree anticlockwise rotation moves the wheel to the bottom right of the shot, with the door handle, bodywork and shadow now forming strong features dipping steeply left.

The wonderful yellow of the car’s body produces strong contrast between the silver and black wheel and the other picture elements.

There are earlier images in this Parked Car series here: 1 2 3 4 .

Technique: F6 with 80-200 Nikkor lens.  Fuji Provia 400 colour slide film push processed to 800 ISO.

UPDATE 2015: there was a time when I photographed quite a few of these automotive abstracts – this one was done 10 years ago –  but they’ve gone somewhat off my radar these days.  But I still like this image, I still see it as I did then, as an artificial object with deep inherent beauty – and I wonder if, were I to be processing this shot now, whether I’d be tempted to try and “clean” the small amounts of dirt off the bodywork at upper right.

UPDATE 2019: one from an arty(!) period way back: push processed colour slide film – Fuji Provia 400, my go-to film, a really good all rounder, wonderful quality at 400 ISO, but pushable to 3200 and even 6400 ISO  –  and paired with the last of Nikon’s professional film SLRs, the F6.

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