ARCHIVE 620 – EARLY MORNING MIST, MAIN ROAD

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Walking amidst early morning’s dark uncertainties, the wild and welcome screams of gulls my only companions. 

And, alone still, reaching a road – with trees, mists, lights, and the sky slowly brightening.

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Technique: TG-5 at 38mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 30 Dec 2019.

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ARCHIVE 617 – FOGGY MORNING 3

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Main road; early morning; fog.

Technique: selective desaturation of colour: the green lights are the main thing here and the morning was in any case very grey, but I’ve desaturated the yellows and blues of the crossing control boxes mounted on the traffic lights’ poles, and also the traffic cones standing on the traffic islands, to remove distractions and give the green lights greater prominence.  Another method would have been to convert the image to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2 and then restore the lights’ colours.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 640 ISO; Lightroom, selectively desaturating colour; south Bristol; 30 Mar 2019

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ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 12 – CAR PARKED BESIDE TRAFFIC LIGHTS, EARLY MORNING

 

 


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Most mornings, I walk past this car.  It is parked up on a broad stretch of pavement beside traffic lights and a main road and now, as the early mornings darken, I’m more and more attracted by the bright reflections of lights in its clean, shiny bodywork.

The Looking at Cars series: looking back through the nine years of the FATman Photos archives (and some new images too), I’m posting pictures of cars in various contexts and styles.  Earlier Looking at Cars posts are here: 1 (with context); 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 .

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.  

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 20 Sep 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 276 – THE LIGHT STARTS TO RETURN …

 

 


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The early mornings darken, the light becomes softer and more attractive, and I start to anticipate the first thin mists and slight but certain chills of autumn.

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

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Technique: TG-5 at 85mm (equiv); 400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 31 Aug 2020.

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ARCHIVE KENYA 9 – BOUND FOR KENYA

 

 

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As we take off from Heathrow, bound for Kenya, the incredible Olympus OM-2 calculates the exposure for the image in real time during the shot, and captures the lights of the airport, blurred by the aircraft’s speed, as we climb up into the night sky; September 1979.

I remember the anticipation of returning to Kenya after periods on leave in the UK.  There were photos like the one above, and I always sat on the left of the aircraft to photograph the sunrise.  And then, having been in the UK for a couple of months – even during beautiful summers – there was once more the intense visual excitement of being back in Nairobi, over a mile above sea level and in that incredible, overhead, equatorial sunlight. The colours were blazing, and by contrast the UK seemed somewhere else, on a visually more drab world.

But one thing that the equator doesn’t have are England’s lovely long summer evenings – sunrises and sets are far faster affairs near the equator!  And the rainfall was convectional so that, often, the day would start fine and clear, and clouds could be seen building up all morning, as the harsh sunlight sucked the moisture back up out of the ground >>> only for the whole lot to come back down again as torrential rain during fierce thunderstorms in the afternoons.

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THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.

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ARCHIVE 467 – BRAKE LIGHTS IN A TRAFFIC QUEUE

 

 


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Brake lights of two white vans in a traffic queue, seen through a wet bus window in Bristol; 28 May 2013.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm equiv); 200 ISO; rotated 90 degrees clockwise.

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OUTER SUBURBS 207 – MAIN ROAD AT DAWN

 

 


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Standing beside a road – at a bus stop, at dawn – and tilting the world.

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; rotated; south Bristol; 1 Jan 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 204 – EARLY MORNING PAVEMENT

 

 


Walking an early morning pavement,

the light path reaching out ahead.

Squeezed in between dark suburban gardens on one side,

and dark cars – jam-packed, bumper to bumper – on the other.

And looking up, to see warning of an intersection;

and the incandescent, surrogate sun itself;

and nothing else beyond but city lights,

twinkling far away in the dark.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Muted profile; south Bristol; 27 Dec 2019.
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PEOPLE 394 – GOING TO WORK 104

 

 


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Life in the city, going to work.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; central Bristol; 1 Dec 2017.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 . Each will open in a separate window. (Post 100 contains selected images from the first 99 posts.)

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found 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, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 . Each will open in a separate window.

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OUTER SUBURBS 201a – STREETLIGHT, A MORE RADICAL CROP

 

 


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I posted two images – of a streetlight seen between silhouetted houses, one of the images cropped more adventurously than the other.  That post is Outer Suburbs 201 here .  Discussing one of these images with Michael Scandling , a fellow blogger, I mentioned a third possibility, in which the black lower border of the image would be radically reduced and, following Michael’s encouragement to post, that more radical crop is shown above. 

The image is now very much stripped down to its bare essentials.  Both the bright sky and the silhouettes of the houses are very reduced, and only the bright notch, which contains the light, a tree and perhaps a satellite dish, is left in its entirety – and hence more than ever emphasised.

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The two images from post 201 are also copied below, the lower one being the least cropped of all.  Any thoughts or preferences?
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