Desolation

    Newer Older

    Blog | Google+ | Twitter

    Best viewed large.

    This is a photo for this weeks photo assignment, themed Dusk till Dawn.

    I realised yesterday evening that I had yet to take a photo for this week's photo assignment, so at about 10:30pm I ran outside into the rain and jumped into my car as this would be my last opportunity to capture a suitable photo. I drove around for about twenty minutes with no real inspiration but just hoping something would catch my eye. Eventually I came across this petrol station hidden away in the middle of a an industrial park. I think that it has something to do with Sunseeker yachts as it is not open to the public and there was security guard in a hut nearby.

    I particularly liked the slightly retro look and the fact that it had been raining so there was sections of reflection within the puddles. It is the first time I have ever seen this subject having lived in this area for over 30 years, it just goes to show that a camera can help you to see so much more. :)

    With time quickly running out I decided to try and capture a shot. I took a few shots but initially wasn't very happy with them. I wanted to move back further but there was a wall behind me and a spotlight beaming down exactly where I wanted the camera to be so it would completely ruin the shot. In the end I decided to take three shots at different exposures with the intention of creating a monochromatic HDR shot, which is what I have ended up with. I used Photoshop to create the HDR and then I applied a slight vignette in Lightroom to make the edges slightly darker and give the image a more desolate feeling.

    In the larger view you can just about make out the trees and the sky in the background, but in the smaller shot it all looks black.

    EDIT:
    I was pleased to find that this photo features in Explore for June 14th, thank you to everybody for your feedback! :)

    Regina J., gfpeck, sophoto247, and 72 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    View 20 more comments

    1. Andreas Helke 47 months ago | reply

      This is the invitation into one of the groups of the Amazing Image or 5 FAV flickr group series.







      If you click on the banners above you´ll see the large image view of the group. This is a central feature of the series. You may need to select the large size in the flickriver tool. Press the space bar to operate the viewer in its slide show display mode.

      This group is part of a series that invites some of the most amazing images found on flickr to create high quality group pools concentrating on a narrow topic in each group.

      In contrast to a normal flickr group the administrator selection of all images in the Amazing Image group series makes sure that all the images in the group have almost the same high quality as the photos shown above.
      ___

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Amazing Image B&W: Explored, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. HiYall 47 months ago | reply

      Glad you saw simplicity out of chaos

      Via Today's Explore at #42 on Fluidr

    3. কিশোর 47 months ago | reply

      wonderful image!!

    4. Sylvia Zanotto ph art 47 months ago | reply

      NICE, NICE & NICE!

      Yes! You have the photographer's Eye!
      Please join this group and share this great capture!

      Yes! You have the photographer's Eye!

      www.flickr.com/groups/sylvia_zanotto/

      Post 1 Award 3

    5. tombell06 47 months ago | reply

      Great Shot. Please post it in: Lightroom Black and White.www.flickr.com/groups/1396750@N23/

    6. kozmatomic 47 months ago | reply

      those pumps have a distinct humanoid appearance that you've captured quite well.

    7. Gianni Ragusa 47 months ago | reply

      NICE, NICE & NICE!

      Yes! You have the photographer's Eye!
      seen in Yes! You have the photographer's Eye!

      www.flickr.com/groups/sylvia_zanotto/

      Post 1 Award 3

    8. Matt Roby 47 months ago | reply

      Superbe noir et blanc et quelle compo !!!

    9. zoutai 47 months ago | reply

      I like so much this b&w, scary pict !

    10. Mickeycop 47 months ago | reply

      Great capture, keep up the good work.

    11. Arni J.M. 47 months ago | reply

      Stellar shot!

    12. campdavemorecambe 47 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning lighting.

    13. photog_anna 46 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful - surprisingly elegant for something so everyday. Very nicely done. :)

    14. Martins_Bilder 44 months ago | reply

      Congratulations pyth0ns!

      This image was voted top 25% in group PhotoVotr by PhotoVotr users.

    15. Martins_Bilder 43 months ago | reply

      Congratulations pyth0ns!

      This image was voted top 10% in group PhotoVotr by PhotoVotr users.

    16. VanWhelan 22 months ago | reply

      This is really well done. Nice.

    keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts