just a shopping trolley

Camera - Nikon D700
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal Length: 34mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter: 1/160 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D700

Just having a wee rake through folders of pictures I’ve forgotten about I found this one, taken on New Year’s Day this year! We’d been out for a walk and I’d taken my flash to practice handheld off-camera lighting portraits (my girlfriend made me promise not to show them – it was very cold!) and on the way back found this trolley so I had a play lighting it.

I’d have preferred a good landscape orientation one but there was nothing that really worked framing-wise for me. I did like the look I gave it in Photoshop. I wanted to bring out detail but also give it a cold-ish hue, while retaining a little warmth overall. In the end I used a B&W layer set to Multiply for the subtle pop to the detail, but that made it very dark so there’s two duplicates of the background set to Screen to bring it all back up. Then there’s a curves layer set to an E6 in C41 cross-process effect, set to Lighten which really lifted all the cement between the bricks and gave it a blue-ish look. Finally a bit of vignette around the top.

I want to try some more kinds of cross-processing effects I think.

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