ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 19

 

 


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Scene from a suburban driveway: status symbol with sunrise and heavy dew.

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 .

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); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 5 Sept 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 282 – WET MORNING AT THE SUPERMARKET

 

 


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Sitting in my car, in a supermarket car park on a wet morning >>>  FATman Photos takes you to some exotic places, there’s no denying that …   Anyway, here’s the view through my car’s wet window.

There are the supermarket’s white emergency exit doors, and a bollard to prevent the over-enthusiastic driving straight in through those doors; then there’s a yellow container full of salted grit in case of ice; and, on the right, one of the columns – looking somewhat the worse for wear, it has to be said – that supports the structure of the building.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 2 Oct 2020.
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ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 16

 

 

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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

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Technique: TG-5 at 70mm; 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 26 July 2020.

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ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 11 – EARLY LIGHT, AND DEW

 

 


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I walk back home most early mornings along a road lined with big cars and big, comfortable, middle class dwellings.  These houses are on my right, to the east of me, with – on clear days –  the autumn sun rising behind them.

There are big areas of shadow where the houses block the sun’s light, but the driveways between these semi-detached houses are ablaze with the early light, with most of the cars pointing directly into it.  There’s a lot of contrast and some blazing reflections, but looking carefully and using the TG-5’s 100mm telephoto and its spot meter, there are areas like this, with the sunlight glancing almost horizontally across the cars’ dew-soaked bodywork and illuminating every surface feature, texture and tiny drop of moisture.  Walking past these cars never fails to draw my gaze.

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

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

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 03 profile; south Bristol; 14 Sept 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 280 – BUS SHELTER (MONO)

 

 


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Technique: TG-5 at 28mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W 12 profile; south Bristol; 8 Aug 2020.
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ARCHIVE 564 – LOOKING INTO A BUILDING AT NIGHT

 

 


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Offices with the lights on, empty in the early morning; beside Bristol Bridge, central Bristol; 16 Sept 2016.

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

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3,200 ISO.

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ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 7 – CAR IN A CLOUDBURST (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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Car caught in a rainstorm, seen through the windscreen of my car, in the rooftop car park at Broadwalk Shopping Centre in south Bristol; 29 July 2013.

The overriding texture, which disrupts the car’s white outlines, is caused by water streaming across my windscreen.  The black structure just below centre left is the car’s side mirror, which has been raised into the parked position.  Some colour has been restored to the car’s windows.

Our English “summer”!  After a fortnight or more of oppressive heat, waves of thunderstorms are now rolling northwards, bringing gloom to our rooms at 3 o’clock on “summer’s” afternoons!

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 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique:  G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm equiv); 400 ISO; conversion to mono and selective restoration of colour in Silver Efex Pro 2, jumping in at the Dramatic preset.

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ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS 1 – TWO CARS

 

ARCHIVE: LOOKING AT CARS – A NEW CATEGORY ON THIS BLOG

I’ve been posting pictures of parked cars, most of which have been taken quite recently, as part of this blog’s Outer Suburbs category.  Looking back through nine years of archives though, I’ve found posts with many other studies of cars – some of which are abstract (and some downright peculiar … ) and many of which I’ve forgotten about. 

And so, having posted the  Looking at Chairs series in the past, I’ll try another archive –  Archive: Looking at Cars – and see how it goes.  As always, I’ll try for a mix of images, i.e. a range of ways of looking at cars.  This first image is an abstract, but there’ll be other styles too.  Hope you’ll enjoy the pictures!

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Cars parked next to each other – looking through the windows of the nearest car to the one behind.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 205mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, including adding Fuji’s Velvia colour profile; thin black border added in Color Efex Pro 4; outside Harts Bakery, Bristol; 7 Apr 2017.

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ARCHIVE 551 – WINDOW BOX

 

 


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Window box in Christmas Steps, a narrow and ancient alleyway in Bristol city centre.

May sunshine was flooding across Bristol, but one side of the deep cleft of Christmas Steps was still in deep shadow.  I’m not usually someone who waits around for photos to happen, I’m usually on the move, if only slowly.  But the sunlight was inching its way around towards the Steps’ northeastern side – you could almost see the light creeping across the masonry – and I decided, this once, to be patient, because I wanted to see the light flooding across the textures of the buildings’ facades.

It seemed like an eternity, but a cat came over to see me and that passed some of the time.  And then the blazing light hit a window box, with the wall behind it still in deep shadow, and I took this picture.  The slightly open window frame is glowing in light reflected from a shop sign just out of shot on the left.

What does this picture do for me?  Well, it talks to me about peace – something not in limitless supply in the UK on this particular Sunday morning – and quiet; it talks about warm air, warm breezes and warm shadows to relax in, and some release from the pace, stresses and lowered quality of modern life.  It reminds me of pictures from more southerly climes, there’s something Mediterranean here perhaps, something not experienced over large parts of the year by us relative northerners.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 195mm (equiv); 200 ISO; spotmetering for highlights; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Christmas Steps, central Bristol; 26 May 2017.

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OUTER SUBURBS 263 – PARKED CAR 25

 

 


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There are earlier images in this Parked Car series 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 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 10 profile; south Bristol; 2 Aug 2020.
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