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While many of my recent favourites have been shots of the kids (this one, for example) this is probably my favourite non-human shot that I've posted in ages. And in case you're wondering, it's an old fire extinguisher that Theis and I came across at the weekend.

In this instance, the post-processing is quite extreme – insofar as the original looks a bit different – but I think it suits this object quite well. As always though, do let me know what you think.

The original is here:


And finally, while I used a variety of techniques to post-process this shot, the tutorial that is probably the most relevant is my Toning colour images one.

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comment by ryan at 09:59 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

absolutely love the texture.

comment by Garry at 10:04 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

comparing it to the original it looks as though you should be working on the set of Doctor Who / Torchwood...
Was the final image what you were going for originally or was it more of a ' what will it look like if I tweak this...?'

comment by ODILIA LIUZZI at 10:05 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

wonderful macro!! great!

comment by djn1 at 10:11 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

ryan/ODILIA: thanks :)

Garry: I knew roughly how I wanted it to look (in terms of contrast at least), but it did take me a while to work out which colour palette worked best :)

comment by Mirko Herzner at 11:09 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

That's a pretty cool used- (or better not-used) look here on this. Really a fine study of decay.

comment by Jacques B at 02:51 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

A great shot indeed. Congrats!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:51 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Long live the non-human! Fascinating interpretation... love the color choices and the way the colors blend. The fire extinguisher looks like it was unearthed from an ancient archeological dig! Tres cool!


comment by Nader at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

For the first time ever, I think I prefer the original. The blown out section in the top right is a little painful to look at.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 05:43 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

This one is definitely the Nightingale Look on life. I particularly like the colors and as such I am definitely going to re-visit the Toning tutorial.

comment by Joanna at 05:56 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

David, I'm in awe about your processing skills. Considering signing up for your tutorials as soon as I have some cash on the side :) Love this photo, the colours are superb.

comment by Sue Ables at 07:25 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Love the texture and COLOR in this shot David! I learn something with every shot you post.

comment by Stephan at 07:58 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

S T U N N I N G. Love the color and 'micro-contrast'. Like "EyeVision" on yesterday's (superb) shot already said, it's cool to see some old-school chromasia photos again :)

comment by 1meter89 at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Wow, amazing. Interesting, but very fitting colour!

comment by Eugene at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Wow, the post-processing here is really awesome! I like the orange and magenta hues, especially coming in from the right side of the frame!

comment by Michael Rawluk at 12:17 AM (GMT) on 17 June, 2009

Sweet crusties on that nozzle.

comment by Justin at 08:22 AM (GMT) on 17 June, 2009

Very cool shot! Love the detail and B&W colors.

comment by djn1 at 07:12 AM (GMT) on 18 June, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Ryan Rahn at 10:49 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2009

Very interesting processing. I love when you include the pre-production image as well.