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Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 26 January 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Well, some things are sort of karmic. Today, while rushing out of the house to get to my photo class, my camera slipped off my shoulder and fell on the tile bathroom floor with a loud crash. I dreaded looking at it. When I did, I discovered that I had shattered the polarizing filter, but the big lens and camera were intact. I think that is why we use filters, in part, so that they can absorb the blow when something like this happens. Nevertheless, it is an expensive filter, and an expensive lesson learned. Do NOT just leave your camera on your shoulder, get it around your neck in some way shape or form.

So, off I went to the glass, minus a polarizer. After class, I noticed a few wrecked cars in the sort of junk yard behind the photography building. The light was coming in to the wonderfully smashed up windshield of one of them. I scooted across the front seat, being careful to avoid the shards (one accident a day is quite enough, thank you!) and leaned back to catch the sun in the glass. Here is the image with a couple of photoshop filters applied.

Sort of ironic, I think, that the day started with a mini camera disaster and ended up with a (sort of) artsy photo to remind me to be more careful!

NIKON D90 1/125 second F/22.0 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

Brilliantly artistic shot! And coupled with a good story.

26 Jan 2011 7:39am

marci from in, Morocco

this really is a work of art!! sorry about your filter~

26 Jan 2011 7:44am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

I'm sorry for you material...but you get a marvelous fine art pictuer!

26 Jan 2011 8:09am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

shards of light where we can catch our imagination:)

26 Jan 2011 8:29am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid capture, details and colors are wonderful. Be careful not to put your camera on your shoulder :) Nice day.

26 Jan 2011 8:56am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

It almost looks like ice. You have a knack for finding art anywhere you go, and are quite adventurous, getting into junked cars! Too bad about your polarizing filter, but good thing it wasn't the lens. I find the neck straps to be annoying and took them off of my cameras. You need a little sling bag for your camera to grab and go. Do you ever keep skylight filters on your lenses? I bought an expensive one with my last lens purchase, but most of the time it sits in the camera bag.

26 Jan 2011 10:57am

@Julie Brown: HI Julie, well, I cannot imagine doing without a strap. It does work for me, I was just careless and did not have it properbly seated. I always keep a skylight filter on. Yesterday, the polarizer was stacked on the skylight filter, which did not break, but not surprisingly, now I cannot get then apart. So, it is two expensive filters lost. I think I'll file an insurance claim, but my husband is worried that it will trigger a rate raise. Darn those insurance companies!

JCJ from Troyes, France

great! i like it : )

26 Jan 2011 11:44am

David from Detroit, United States

Karmic, indeed! This is a great shot and excellent processing. I wonder if you would have seen this shot in the same way if it hadn't been for the accident with your filter.

26 Jan 2011 4:16pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

cool. at first I thought you shot it thru the shattered filter...might be fun to try that

26 Jan 2011 4:18pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic work.

26 Jan 2011 8:35pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Oh what a wonderful design! Who would have thought something broken could be so beautiful! I love the gradient from blue to brown.

26 Jan 2011 9:52pm

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

Wonderful image...great story!!!

26 Jan 2011 11:03pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

a fine story behind this photo - it certainly puts it in the right context! photo itself is wonderful - super abstract composition - broken glass lends itself nicely to such photos and you have shown the vision and creativity here to capture it very well indeed!

27 Jan 2011 2:11am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Cool! The light and colors are great!

27 Jan 2011 2:59am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A cleaver and creative shot! Beautiful texture, tones and light! Stunning!!!! 5*****!

27 Jan 2011 3:16am

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

I love this one! The colors are great and I like the use of the plastic wrap! Terrible thing about the filters though...does it fall under the suffering for art category?

27 Jan 2011 4:25am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Excellent composition! Wonderful lines and patterns. Well seen and captured. I'm so glad all you lost was the filter, and not the lens.

27 Jan 2011 1:26pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

very excellent abstract work!

27 Jan 2011 7:08pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, sorry to read this story...but I will take your lesson to heart.
And you made a beautiful photo from that little disaster !!

1 Feb 2011 12:50am

1/125 second
ISO 200
105 mm (35mm equiv.)