ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 14 – REFLECTION ON BROAD STREET

 

 


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Up close and personal with a (rather up market) car; Broad Street, central Bristol; 16 Sept 2016.

A somewhat abstract image.  As with pictures I’ve done of animals, getting close in, filling the frame, the photo’s subject in a way trying to burst out of the frame – but with the added dimension here of reflections, the large pale grey one on the left being the (distorted!) paving stones in a pavement.

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

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 3200 ISO.

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OUTER SUBURBS 278 – CABLE TV

 

 


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Cable TV inspection cover set in a pavement >>> a scene that I walk over most days >>> but on this day lit by the low angle light of the rising sun.

Towards lower left, starting from nearest the cover, are the pavement’s pale kerbstones, the road’s slightly less pale gutter, and the more roughly textured road surface.

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 61mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 03 profile; south Bristol; 8 Aug 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 273 – WALKING, AND LOOKING DOWN

 

 


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Walking on a pavement – and pausing to look down – just as the sunlight was glancing nearly horizontally across the ground.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 7 Aug 2020.
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BRISTOL 171 – STREET SCENE 11

 

 


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Other images in the Bristol Street Scenes series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .  Searching on the “street” tag (below here) will also find these posts.

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Technique: TG-5 at 38mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Modern 01 profile; Bedminster, south Bristol; 21 Jan 2020.
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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.

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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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ARCHIVE 447 – EMPTY BOTTLE BESIDE PUBLIC SEATING

 

 


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Pavement with bottle and concrete seat; outside the former KPMG building, central Bristol; 9 Dec 2016.

This is early morning, and the golden tinge is produced by the building’s lights.

The original image (rotate this image by 90 degrees anti-clockwise) pictured Reality, and rotation by 90 degrees clockwise has apparently produced Unreality.  The bottle is either defying the force of gravity – >>> or I have cheated and glued it to a wall!

But, were we able to view the scene from this “unreal” angle, perhaps using something like a climbing frame or some other form of support, then this is what we would see – so that, in fact, this is Reality too, but seen from a different perspective.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 186mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; rotated.

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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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SOMERSET LEVELS 434 – ANOTHER WORLD (MONO)

 

 


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Walking in The Boulevard, one of Weston’s main streets.  It was a wet morning, rain forever around, and there was a lot of surface water.  In my path, a large puddle spread across the pavement and, well before I reached it, I could see reflections in it – and so to ramping the telezoom up to 300mm and, standing quite some distance back from it, looking at and into this puddle.

I was looking into another world.  There was the reflection of a tall street lamp and, nearer, a street sign too, and the patterns of paving stones were also visible.  I’d taken several frames when the reflection of a gull suddenly passed through the frame – and I managed a single shot before it was gone.  And thence to simplifying the image by presenting it in mono, and presenting it upside down to make it more readable, while preserving the dreamlike, otherworldly atmosphere.

And, in yet another (this time, bygone) world >>> opposite this spot, 60 years ago, a toy shop called Driver’s was an exciting centre in my young life – forever adding to my vast regiments of toy soldiers, and also allowing me to buy fireworks in the days when they were both affordable and freely available to youngsters like me.  For those of you old enough, do Penny Bangers, Jumping Jacks, Volcanoes and Catherine Wheels bring back any memories???  We youngsters used to light a Penny Banger (effectively a small explosive device, costing one OLD penny) and hold it until it started fizzing and was just about to explode, and then drop it into a puddle, when it would shoot across the surface of the water before blowing up: delighted – and retaining all our fingers too – we called it a Torpedo …..

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera processing of raw file, using the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom; 180 degrees’ rotation;  The Boulevard, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 22 Nov 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 154 – AUTUMN’S PAVEMENT

 

 


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Walking in autumn, and looking down.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 3 Oct 2018.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 427 – THE END OF THINGS (MONO)

 

 


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Death and decay on an urban pavement: the year closes down, and trees prepare for the dark, cold months ahead.  But, as always, with the knowledge that Spring’s brightenings and warmths are drawing ever closer too.

I lived on the equator, in Kenya, for some years.  In those parts, day lengths are always about 12 hours, the sun is always more or less overhead, sunrises and sets are always quite high speed affairs, and rather than summer, autumn etc, each year has two wet and two dry seasons.  When I eventually returned to England, just about 30 years ago, I was at first appalled by the winter sun sitting so low in the sky, and the cold and wet of the grey winter days – but there was no option but to make the best of things and get through them.  In the long years since then, however, I have come to appreciate all of the seasons (I suppose autumn is my favourite, just) and, in particular, to be out and about – with a camera – when light levels are subdued.

There is an earlier post on this theme of death and decay here .

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Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 120mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera processing of the raw file, including use of the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom; Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 8 Nov 2019.
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