That’s a detail from a car hood, if I remember correctly. I’ve pretty violently pushed contrast and color, and the result is much better than reality was 🙂
And off we went to France. Aix en Provence was the destination and we went by car. It’s easily reachable from Austria in one day.
This image was taken on the French highway, somewhere between Cannes and Nizza, during a refueling stop. It was drizzling a little and I took my first image on that trip: the hood of a big and expensive BMW SUV, sprinkled with cheap rain, reflecting a disfunctional roof 🙂
This image certainly does not demonstrate the Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95’s best use. It’s a manual lens and it does not report any information to the camera, but I guess this was at least f5.6, and at that aperture it is just another good normal lens, only slower to focus 🙂
Nevertheless, you can’t always pick your subjects and how they want to be taken.
Here’s another image I wouldn’t want to print. I’ve already taken back the reds, but still the car is almost out of gamut.
By the way, for ten years I’ve driven a succession of three of those Citroën 2CV. Fabulous car. I wouldn’t want to have an accident in it, it’s slow on the highway, in winter it takes two hours of driving until you stop feeling cold, but I love the canvas top, the quirky way you shift gears, the beautiful headlights and the way you open the side windows by folding the lower part up. It’s pure nostalgia.
As it is with fires, they get more dangerous the closer you get. What better way to get close than a macro lens?
In case you wonder, this is a pink Mercedes car – yes, really 😀 – wet from morning dew, with the reflection of a street light. Actually, if I think of it, this is the first macro image that I took with my new macro lens.
Don’t know what exactly reminds me of Ravenholm here. Maybe it’s the color black, the fiery lights, the feeling that you don’t see what’s out there, the feeling of being watched nevertheless.
Oh, you don’t know Ravenholm? That’s an uncanny place in the game “Half Life 2”. It’s the place where you first encounter black headcrabs. It’s a place where you are constantly lured into wasting ammo – until you really, really need it and almost run out of it.
Don’t play games? Well, I do occasionally 😀
If you don’t take yesterday’s elevator, you can always walk this street, pass the car selling Fado records, and even if you buy something, you’ll still be faster 🙂
Processing this image was pretty hard and I am proud of the result. Why? Extremely harsh contrasts in the bright noon sun, white or near white buildings in the background, a relatively dark car in the foreground. But look at the white sign on the shop. There’s plenty of highlight detail and the raised shadows don’t drown in noise at all. For me it doesn’t look like bad HDR either. All made in Lightroom from one exposure.