365-361 Take a bad shot…

…and make it badder.

My apologies to the Beatles

This is really a grab shot. Taken out of my windshield while driving through town.  It was incredibly dark and raining constantly all day which thwarted me from going on any photo journeys. I did go out to run some errands though and took a quick spin through town to see if I could easily grab a photo. The lights and reflections looked kind of cool so I just raised the camera and snapped. I didn’t get to see where the camera was focusing but it appeared to have focused on the road somewhere in the foreground, so the bulk of the shot is out of focus. I tried other shots as I continued on but none of them are any better and the composition worked best here, so I had to figure out what to do with it. I ran the photo through Topaz Adjust a few times building on the grungy look, added an orton effect to actually enhance the softness (have to make it look intentional 😉 ), and played around some more with color balance and contrasts. So general laziness won out today. I could have driven around the block and tried again, or better yet, parked the car and tried a few more shots but, considering the weather, I thought I could work with it instead. It’s still a lousy pic but it beat walking around in the cold December rain. Pentax K20D, DA17-70.

Rain in December

© David Guidas

  One thought on “365-361 Take a bad shot…

  1. December 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    It is what it is – but that’s not a lousy pic. It’s very atmospheric, I like it.

    • December 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks. Atmospheric seems an apt description. Cold, dark, rainy, urban atmosphere!

  2. December 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    This actually looks really pretty! Definitely not a bad shot!

    • December 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you. It sometimes takes me days to really look at my photos subjectively.

  3. December 28, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I actually like this a lot 🙂

  4. Chloe
    December 28, 2011 at 2:16 am

    it’s still a superb shot & i really love the colours/tones you managed to capture
    what will you do when you’re finished your 365 challenge?

    • December 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Chloe. I’m kind of liking it now, sort of urban grit.

      I’m still going to be out there shooting and posting, perhaps not every day. I plan on doing a kind of year in review thing, talk about some of my pics, what I like/dislike. Also I may do some processing and shooting tutorials, a little gear talk, etc. It should be a more rounded blog in the coming year.

  5. December 28, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Excellent color balance..awesome pic 🙂 loved it 🙂

    • December 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks. I’m starting to warm towards it.

  6. December 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Reblogged this on Jono Hodson.

  7. January 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I love it…screams atmosphere..

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