Photo #15: Retro Revived

If nothing else, this photo challenge is teaching me to find subjects. I’m seeing more potential photographs, things which I would have either missed or wouldn’t have considered before. I had a few extra minutes this afternoon while I was running errands. Driving down the road I noticed a bright yellow classic car in a parking lot, surrounded by late-model vehicles. As mentioned before, I love cars, especially classics, and this one stood out well.

My camera has a feature which allows me to isolate one color (red, yellow, green or blue) while everything else remains black and white. I knew immediately I wanted to use this effect for this photo, allowing the classic car stand out, and fading the other cars into the background. The idea was to make the old look new and turn the new old.

A closer inspection revealed the car to be a 37 Dodge 2 door sedan. It was in very good shape. I took a few photos from both the front and the back of the car, isolating the color yellow. The bright color of the car made the effect turn out well.

Here’s the photo I liked best:

Photo #15: Retro Revived

Photo #15: Retro Revived

Tech Details:
Equipment Used: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/160 sec exposure, f/13, ISO-100, yellow isolation effect.
(Note: I did intentionally blur the license plates of the other vehicles in the image. No other edits were made to the photo.)

Photo #14: Small and Simple

Since the last few photos I’ve posted have been more along the abstract and artistic, I decided to go back to something a little more traditional.

It was after dark by the time I got around to photography, so I went looking for objects in the house to photograph. I was leaning towards a still life of some sort. I started out by photographing a little decorative essential oil diffuser. But the light in the room wasn’t great, and I wasn’t happy with the effects of the flash.

The I turned my attention to a little Egyptian perfume bottle that sits on my dresser. It’s glass, painted with gold details, and is very pretty. I thought it would make a good subject.

I didn’t want to use the flash on the bottle, because I knew it would reflect too much or wash out some of the details. (I don’t have a diffuser on my flash.) The problem is, there are only two places in the house with enough bright enough light to reveal small details without needing a flash, the bathroom or the kitchen. Neither are great locations for photography.

The last thing I want to do is take a picture in the bathroom, that looks like it was taken in the bathroom. But I needed the lighting to get the effect I wanted on the bottle. So I cleaned the counter, and placed a wood box on top of it, pushing it up against the wall. I sat the bottle on this and got close enough to crop out any other background details. Now the picture could have been taken anywhere in the house.

I took a few pictures, just trying to get the focus right. Sometimes, shooting close in with a small aperture, this can be a bit challenging.

Here’s my best shot.

Photo #14: Perfume Bottle

Photo #14: Perfume Bottle

Tech Details:
Equipment Used: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/160 sec exposure, f/4, ISO-400.