ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 25 – STORM

 

 


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Cars in a storm: high winds, driving rain and dark clouds rolling in across the top of the Mendip Hills, a Somerset landscape that was the roof of the world in my childhood, sixty and more years ago.

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 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 .  Each post will open in a separate window.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 136mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Velvia/Vivid profile; Silver Efex Pro 2.  On the edge of Priddy Mineries Nature Reserve, east of Priddy, on the top of the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 20 Sept 2018.

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ARCHIVE 496 – MAGPIE, BARBED WIRE FENCE AND TREE (MONO)

 

 


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Magpie flying over farmland beside East Water Lane, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 7 Aug 2014.

I had in mind a Minimalist composition consisting only of the tree and the barbed wire and its fence posts, when a noisy group of Magpies appeared and by luck I caught this one.  The pale areas of its plumage merge with the backdrop, eating into its outline.  But it is flying towards the left, with the black cone of its head, neck and breast on the left, and its long, thin, black tail stretching out behind.  Its wings are frozen by the high shutter speed, held up above its body.

One way of looking at this: of the three elements in the composition, the tree and the fence are static, with the third element flying into their space / surroundings.  Then again, the fence may be marching out towards the right, with its posts roped together for safety, and gradually disappearing down into a dip in the ground, or vice versa.  Everything is what it seems, until we start thinking about it.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait preset.

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ARCHIVE 460 – TREES BESIDE A LAKE (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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Low trees beside the marshy lake on the Priddy Mineries Reserve, near Priddy village, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 16 June 2014.

On seeing this scene, I very much liked the sunlit pale yellow-greens of the young leaves, and here I’ve tried to portray that, while relegating everything else in the frame to a vague impression. 

The tops of the low plants that cover most of the lake’s open water are in the foreground, below the trees.  A hillside rises behind the trees.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Soft Orange preset and selectively restoring colour.

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ARCHIVE 258 – THE MADDING CROWD (MONO)

 

 

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Dandilions near the The Castle of Comfort Inn, northeast of Priddy, on the Mendip Hills; 24 Apr 2011.

When I see this I think of a tide of people – or perhaps they are just faces –  emerging from the far darkness and tottering forwards, unsteadily but also unstoppably, out into the light.

Canon PowerShot G11; 200 ISO; conversion to mono in Silver Efex Pro.

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ARCHIVE 252 – DREAMWORLD (MONO)

 

 

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Tree in mist, near the Castle of Comfort Inn, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 28 June 2013.

A good deal of creativity and manipulation in SEP2 here, aiming for something unreal. 

This is an imagined landscape, a place in which we often find ourselves, wary and ill at ease, during our troubled nights.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset.

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MENDIP HILLS 39 – TYRES (MONO)

 

 

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Tyre dump at Tyning’s Gate Barns, southeast of Shipham; 17 Oct 2004.

Well, to me, what is there here?  Such a composition could lack a focal point – though saying that a focal point is by no means a “must have” feature of all images.  But here there is the larger tyre flush with the right hand edge of the frame and – more so – the huge and rugged tractor tyre to the left of it, with a highlight along its curved and chunky rim.  If there is a focal point here, that tractor tyre is it.

Then, moving left again, there are the gaping black holes in the centres of rather smaller and more commonplace tyres – open mouths wailing in anguish???  In our world today, quite possibly so.

And then, out to the left margin from there, the shapes of the tyres distort and merge into abstraction – hopefully(!) pushing our eyes back into the more ordered and comprehensible centre of things … which is where we like to be?

OM-4 with 300mm Zuiko; tripod; Fuji Velvia 50 colour slide; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Dramatic preset; rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise.

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ARCHIVE 160 – WINDSWEPT

 

 

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Windswept trees on the Mendip plateau, near the Priddy Mineries Reserve; 28 Oct 2009.

A windy autumn day.  The patch of blue top left helps the picture, breaking up the otherwise uniform overcast that was streaming overhead.

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D700 with 80-400 Nikkor at 400mm; 800 ISO.

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MENDIP HILLS 38 – FORESTRY PLANTATION 2

 

 

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Forestry plantation east of North Hill; 6 Apr 2015.

A shaft of early morning light from Our Star pierces the great pines’ towering darknesses.

And in my mind, these trees have closed around this little glade, maybe in awe of its light.  And maybe conscious too that any closer approach will extinguish that which so fascinates them, that which they hold to be, during the fleeting moments of star-rise, so precious.

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The first of these images is here.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Colour Efex Pro 4.

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MENDIP HILLS 37 – FORESTRY PLANTATION

 

 

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Forestry plantation east of North Hill; 6 Apr 2015.

A sapling, with last year’s leaves caught by the low sun, rising up amongst the dark and towering pines.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Colour Efex Pro 4.
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MENDIP HILLS 36 – BLUE LANE (MONO)

 

 

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The view southwards down East Water Lane; 7 Aug 2014.

This little, dead end lane has re-invented itself or, put more simply, in language perhaps from an age now past, it has changed.  For no longer is it a slim, tarmac strip leading away southwards from beneath my feet, but rather an abrupt wall, blank, sheer and beset by flickering blue shadows, slicing across the Mendips’ smooth and sober slopes.

D800 with 12-24 Sigma at 12mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Silhouette EV +0.5 preset, adding a split tone, and rotating by 90 degrees anticlockwise.
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