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I'm a bit disappointed with this shot, not least because it's the best of a not so great set of shots I took this evening in our local multi-storey car-park. Over the last few days I've been shooting in the evening after (some of) the kids have gone to bed, and that's worked out reasonably well. Tonight though it was pouring with rain, I didn't take a tripod, and the majority of the shots I took just didn't work out. All of which is quite irritating, not least because I found the car-park quite eerie at this time of night – there was nobody there, but numerous voices echoed up the stairwells, and I ended up feeling thoroughly edgy …

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comment by Russ at 12:31 AM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

This image is certainly different than those you were producing when I first visited your site a couple of months ago. You may be disappointed with this image but I think it has good tension and some edge. It's interesting to see you step out of the comfort zone of familiar equipment and subjects.

comment by Turfdigger at 12:31 AM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Oooo - this shot conveys all kinds of spookiness.
I can understand your feeling edgy while shooting here.
Can just feel the dankness here...

comment by Maxine at 01:35 AM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

I just love this pic, the colours, mood and the sign in it. It is perfect and one ends up feeling that something is going to happen at any time....congratulations! Great shot!

comment by miklos at 01:48 AM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Dave: Did this shot make its way into PS ? Or do they all? Have you post-processed anything since you got the 20D ?

comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 02:49 AM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Why did you post if you weren't satisfied?

comment by djn1 at 11:32 AM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Maxine: thanks.

miklos: yes, this was colorised and the contrast was increased. As for the rest of my recent 20D shots: all are processed with PS, some more dramatically than others.

Jessyel: because, if at all possible, I'm trying to stick to an image a day. And sometimes that means I don't have something I'm entirely satisfied with, but I'd rather do that than not post at all.

comment by Daaave at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

I think I know exactly how you feel...I am always feeling worried whilst out and about with my camera dangling around my neck! (I try to look as little like a tourist as possible, but seem to get loads of funny looks)

I don't even think I could wander around a multi-storey with the cam on show at night, I'm too scared of getting mugged! Not sure how real the threat is though.

This pic is great though, nice choice of hue the dirty grainy wall adds to the feel quite a lot. I like.

comment by Cam at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

I find the Dof disturbing and interesting at the same time. My eye is instantly drawn to the detail, but attempts to pull away in a search for more. It is met with uncomfortably increasing blur in the majority of the image. This contrast, however, is what make the image work. For my mind the colourisation has gone slightly too far but a nice mood addiition. Geez, it sounds like I dont like it, but I do. Just trying to be constructive. Nice work.

comment by Matt at 03:15 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

I like shots like this that convey isolation and abandonment. I think that this shot in particular would benifit from a little more DOF so that the whole "watchout" sign was in focus. That being said, I also think it would be a mistake for the background to be anymore in focus, so maybe it was a trade off or maybe it was a result of not having a tripod?!

I am glad that you are posting photos that you are not entirely happy with in the effort to post everyday. That keeps people interested and coming back. It is also nice to know that great photographers have their days too!

comment by hans at 03:57 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Too little DoF to my taste. The shot can be more powerful with greater DoF.

comment by william at 04:28 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

i love the colour of this one. but i'm not sure how i feel about the depth of field. part of me would like to see the whole shot out of focus to the degree the right side is just to see it as a totally abstract shot.

comment by John Washington at 06:04 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Love the shot, I suspect that in these circumstances you may have took this shot quickly because of your unease at the location. Car parks at night are not a place to be staying in for too long.

Being an ex cop in UK I can quite simply say that some unsavoury characters do frequent such places so be careful.

Yeah I would like a touch more DOF but in a way the lack of it is somewhat creating a disturbing image.

comment by lynn at 06:43 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

this makes me shiver - a good thing, mind - mainly because it's the figure of the running man (and the warning) that IS in focus, as if caught in the glare...it's a very specific kind of DOF, and the effect, i think, is excellent. i like the tones too.

comment by John Washington at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

I've got to post again on this. Having looked at it again I think this is one great shot. The whole photo smacks of danger and the poster looks sinister.

I often feel uneasy when in empty public car parks at night and this brings that feeling right to us even though we are not there.


comment by tiffany at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

The green tint helps it, though I'd be curious to see it in B/W or full color. The Watch out sign is really cool, and I don't mind the wild DOF and contrast - in fact, I like the edginess of the background more than anything about this image. If the sign were a bit more head on, this would remind me of a conceptual stock photo from Photodisc or something.

comment by djn1 at 10:25 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2004

Thanks everyone.

comment by fredrik at 07:02 AM (GMT) on 5 October, 2004

this is just the way i like'em. shallow dof, gritty structure, weird colors. way out, well done!

comment by justin at 11:23 PM (GMT) on 5 October, 2004

So moody! great shot!

comment by Bob at 07:34 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2004

Fantastic shot ... the color is amazing -- and I love the lights on the right -- not to mention the brick/sign -- and the great use of dof... really nice, Dave!

comment by peterv at 08:52 PM (GMT) on 6 October, 2004

Sorry to disagree with most comments- I don't like the colour and would have liked to have seen a b/w shot. Having said that, I wouldn't have seen the shot- the DOF is exactly right - it's either that or f64!

comment by Tristan at 01:11 AM (GMT) on 7 October, 2004

I love this photo. It conveys your feelings at that time most excellently ;-). That guy on the wall looks like someone from Spy vs. Spy. Hehe.


comment by bOKo at 11:07 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

WOooowi !!!
I love this .... "watch out"
i just found your site im looking back at the photos.
tell you later if i like it , ^^ hihihi