Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, December 18, 2017

Ugg it gets dark early now. Is it too early to say "can't wait for spring"?  Anyway, on my way home the other day and I had a thought. I've been reading up on taking sharper, defined photos which in turn led me to some ideas about night photography. When I came up off the subway I thought no time like the present and hiked up to the roof of the public car park I cut through on my way home. Ok, I'm exagerating. I took the convenient elevator to the roof. 

MAN IT WAS COLD! I was shocked how cold it had become. I'd been inside all day and didn't realise how the wind had whipped up. I wandered around the roof testing out shutter speeds, ISO etc to see what I could do. I was a little more than pleased with the results - I've posted a few on Instagram and Facebook. Didn't take long and I decided time to go home for a cup of tea and warmth. For a Canadian, I'm a real winter wimp.  When walking towards the ramp to the elevator, I was struck how the light was playing off the concrete. Shadows, light and angles - all the ingredients for something that might be fun to play around with. I took four photos with different settings and toddled off home. 

When I fired up Photoshop and looked them over, one stood out. I played around with it, switched one layer to black and white, bumped the highlights and shadows, increased the grain and fussed a bit. Then I blended it with colour layer until I had just the right feel. And here it is:

 

Concrete and Light 

Photo taken at night in a parking garage showing light and shadows

What gave me the idea were a couple of photographers who stressed  "don't be afraid of grain".  So I used it to my advantage. If you're the curious type, here are a few details - ISO 1600 F5.6 27mm +1.67 1/8. Who knew concrete parking garages could be so moody.

Quick note: I wrote this on the fly so if yo spot an egregious error please drop me a note in the comments section.

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