09 December 2007

Funny, funny...you're so funny, it's making me cry.

I noticed this old Thunderbird on my drive back from Roanoke today. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and I don't have a great lens (and I rarely use a tripod, so this is shot with a shallow depth of field). Anyway, the resulting image is a little soft and flat. There also appear to be a few specks of dust in the camera. So it goes.

--Kevin Coyne performing "House on the Hill" live at the BBC studios in 1973. "House on the Hill" is from his second solo album, Marjory Razorblade.


fellow photographer said...

cloudy days are actually the best for shooting.

great image in my opinion.

mark burnette said...

thanks for the compliment...it just seems a little soft to me because of the shallow depth of field and relatively slow shutter speed.

fellow photographer said...

I really like this image the way it is. I don't know why but it's the one that struck me the most on your first page or two.

I would suggest using the sports setting on your camera if it's digital and has one if you are just looking for faster shutter speeds. I use it all the time in non-sport settings for a quick and dirty way to have a little more control than auto and less than manual.

Back to the image. I like it because it is devoid of harsh light and shadows (yay for clouds) that sometimes detract from photos. Although, I must say in a few of your pictures you use shadows really really well (January 16, second picture and the hostess cupcake pic).

I also like that the background is slightly blurred (I know you think it makes it "soft") but it really makes the car stand out as being the only thing totally in focus, which i think almost always adds to photos that are not landscape pictures. I also feel like that is what sets good photographers apart from others - knowing what to put as the focus of the pic and how. If this had all been in focus you might as well have used a point and shoot camera that always puts everything at one aperature and shutter speed.

Anyway, all that is to say again that I really really enjoyed this photograph, and you would do well to experiment more with shady days and a shallower depth of field - the results are great :).