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Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 9 October 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

One evening, I drove down to the Port of Oakland near my home, hoping for some nice sunset shots across the SF Bay. The light was disappointing, so I drove aorund the area, looking for something else to capture. I had given up hope for the evening when I stopped at a railroad crossing for a passing freight train. As I waited for what seemed like hundreds of cars to pass slowly by, I noticed some great light illuminating the metal siding on the freight cars. I also noticed some great graffiti. I squeezed off a couple of shots from inside the car and then said to myself, "what am I doing? Get OUT of the car!" I stood next to the car for about 10 minutes, taking one shot after the other of this gorgeous abstract art moving down the tracks in the fading afternoon sun.

After downloading the images into my computer, I decided to play with the Photoshop artistic filter tools to see what resulted. I like the results - the art of one graffiti artist combined with my capture and the artistry of some Photoshop magic. Try glowing edges, posterization, and ink outlines to see what magic you can create on some of your more graphic images.

NIKON D90 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 1000 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Spotlight photo at

1/60 second
ISO 1000
225 mm (35mm equiv.)