Monday, February 2, 2009

Mobile artwork

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Getting this picture was an absolute nightmare, because the vehicle is standing in lighting conditions which are virtually dark. It's a 1970s panel van -- they were tremendously popular with late teens and early twenties in those days; you'd see them on the beach. Now? The best specimens are in museums! This one is in the National Motor Museum, in Birdwood, South Australia. It's a beauty ... the airbrush art is classic. Brings back a lot of memories! But getting the photo was a major headache, because it was so dark. If you popped the flash, everything would be a mass of glare, with glass and chrome reflecting like mirrors. The answer? A long exposure. When you're walking around a museum, you don't go armed with a tripod! Photography is welcome there, but I think they'd draw the line at people fronting up with a load of professional gear. The solution was to sit the camera on the hood (or bonnet, if you're an Aussie) of a nearby vehicle and trip the shutter gently. The photo still needed a bit of digital enhancement ... but here it is! Photo by Mel, 2006.

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