Pools of Painted Light

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/250 sec, f/13 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/250 sec, f/13
[click image for larger size]

I loved the great pools of light that were cascading onto the floor of this stretch of road. I could swear that they were ever-so-slightly dancing as I walked by. I stood there, at the roads edge, mesmerised by the whole scene. It felt like I was witness to a great painting in progress so, naturally, I had to photograph it. I walked up and down beside the busy road just thinking about what I was seeing, thinking how best to frame the whole and how best to tell a small part of its story. Out of twenty one shots this is the one I settled on.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

I originally photographed this image in colour but felt it was much stronger in black and white. Every time I make a rule like ‘photograph in black and white if you want a black and white image‘, or ‘stick with the ISO you start the day with‘, I seem to break it by the very next day and almost purposefully. I suppose I am always a work-in-progress.

The image itself was cropped and straightened then converted into black and white in Photoshop. I darkened the blacks, heightened the lights and then set about removing the windows, as I found the reflections a little too distracting. Normally I would just move closer, but closer would have meant me standing out on an incredibly busy road, one that is a main artery to very busy city and that was simply not going to happen! One of the very, very few disadvantages to having a fixed prime lens system. A little dodging of the blacks and I felt the image was complete. Job done

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing


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