Monday, September 20, 2010

Water...But Different

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L
Shutter Speed 1/3200
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 100
Aperture Priority
Natural Light

I knew when I saw Jay'me's post that I wanted to do something with water. I've had a lot of fun shooting water and I figured it would be easy to lean on what I've learned so far. For this shot I decided on my way out of work to shoot a friend of mine's car (Isn't it great that I can talk about shooting stuff and be completely serious?). It had all these water droplets and it's a sexy sports car so no problem, piece of cake. Well, it's not easy getting a shot with interest of a parked car, I don't care how sexy it is.

I ended up looking for close up details that might photograph well and this is what I came up with. I though it gave a sense of power and sleekness, and that's something that's difficult to capture without motion. The water adds depth and the headlight added a lot of interest and focus. I tried several without the headlight on but the shots were just flat.

In post process I added a ton of contrast, blew out the highlights and accentuated the shadows. I like the edgy feel it gives. Normally, I'm not a big "radical edit" fan but every once in a while I do a bit more. With this shot I really think it adds without completely destroying the original image.

That's it from me tonight. I just spent several hours getting punished at a bowling alley and this kid's ready for bed. Stick a fork in me. Till next time,



  1. Sleek, and sexy. Not something I usually say about a car but you managed to make it happen. The water really plays here, adding a certain toughness.
    Well done. My brain is already running with ideas.....

  2. Thanks Brandi. It's another instance of me getting something I didn't set out to get. Can't wait to see what you do!

  3. Yet another great shot Scott! This looks like it could be right out of a magazine. Seriously, when are you quiting your day job?

  4. I have been following you four for a while now and I just love this idea and the practical version.

    The picture really is sexy and sleek, like it could be the photo in a magazine to promote the car! And I love the editing.

  5. Thanks for your comments Scott and Amanda. You're always so complimentary Scott and I appreciate everything you say.

    @Amanda thanks for checking us out! We love hearing from our followers. It just makes our day. Be sure to give a guess on the "Wordless Wednesday" post happening today. Hopefully you can post something this Sunday!