Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chrome, by Indirect Light

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The reflective properties of surfaces interact with the light falling on them in amazing ways, creating effects from subtle to outrageous. Here the effect is soft while the subject matter is hard: the polished chrome components of a motorcycle engine. This was a late-model Harley parked by the curb outside a pub at Port Adelaide on a bright day of blue sky and strong light. The indirect light brought up the blue tones and the chrome subtly reflects the bike's surroundings. The subject matter has the fascination of the machine, with its human-made symmetry and suggestion of assertion of the conscious will over the randomness of natural forces, while remaning subject to them for its very existence. The light which dresses the scene is a signature of that nature. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic; February, 2009. Image by Mike.

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