Double Vision

Double Vision

Rear view mirrors are really two mirrors in one. Unlike regular mirrors, the glass is a wedge with two reflecting surfaces. There’s the normal-looking silvered surface at the back, and the anti-glare surface on the front that reduces light. You flip it when the lights of cars behind you are too bright. You can see both reflections in this photo.

A bonus effect that is worth experimenting with is the clarity of the mirror in contrast with the bokeh of the rest of the image around it, which can be used to enhance the depth of a photo.

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Rusty Power

Rusty Power

It sounds like the name of a male dancer, but it’s really the negative charge clamp for my car’s battery. Tricks of the ambient light make the greenish areas look like they’re radioactive and glowing, and the forward bolt look three-dimensional.

Photographed for the Macro Mondays “Rust” and FlickrFriday “Power” challenges on Flickr.

Breakdown

Breakdown

Tigress could use a break about now. She may think the situation is ropeless, but all she needs is a little focus.

Depth can be enhanced by having the background lit darker than the foreground.

Photographed for this week’s FlickrFriday and Macro Mondays challenges, “Shot from Above” and “Broken”.

So close, and yet so far…

So close, and yet so far...

This photo is graded on a curve.

I rested the edge of the lens barrel on the bark where I could get a contrasted view of the tree and the woods.  The result was a graduated bokeh effect on the curve of the tree and a distance enhancement on the background woods, which can still be identified, especially in the thumbnail.

I think I also somehow managed to get a landscape into a macro photo.

Just inside the woods near Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Fear of Depths

An experiment in depth perception. I tried to focus on the foreground and exaggerate the depth of the background to make an inch-high wad of shredded white paper look like a great height. Lighting from the side instead of directly on the subject helps with the effect.