One Finds the Coolest Things on Photowalks
Center exposure: 40mm f5.0 1/60s ISO 400
I love photowalks. Sometimes you find the coolest shots. Sometimes all your shots are lousy but you have a great time with friends. Win-win situation I’d say.
Early yesterday morning I went on a photowalk all-by-me-one-sy and on the way back to my car I ran across this scene. I had actually walked right by it earlier that morning but didn’t notice it. This little Mini just seems to be growling “LET ME OUT!”. I thought it was pretty cool.
Processing details…I used photomatix to fuse 3 exposures (I like to experiment with these things). I did also tonemap the hdr but I preferred the fused image because it was much cleaner. I used the fused image as my base layer and blended in a layer which contained the center exposure run through Topaz Adjust (to bring out some details and add a bit more saturation). After that I touched up exposure in some areas, messed with curves, etc.
There was a lot I could do with this image. The original image was larger — I had an internal debate, gave in to myself, and cropped it 🙂 There was something about keeping more of the driveway and surrounding scene that I liked but in the end narrowed it to the carport/gate view shown here. The Mini still looks small and cute — like the little kid who thinks he’s SO big and tough. I also played around with some variations in Lightroom. One very cool derivative of this image is in a dark monotone which causes the headlights to really stand out — many other things “worked” also. Maybe I’ll post another version in the future.