Midnight Gridlock

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 29 2010

Category: lensbaby

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ISO:800
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

The Red Light Bouquet

Today was the day of traffic. Today I left an hour early to get to a dinner appointment in order to loll around some new street corners and generally peruse an unexplored neighborhood. Today I arrived late to that appointment due to the not entirely unexpected, but wholly impressive, volume of cars on the roadway to the skyscrapers. Today the traffic was even terrible in the stop-light strewn capillaries off the arterial expressway. And what a pleasure it was to whip out the camera and shoot from behind the seatbelt when forward motion was but a pipe dream.

Given the wide-angleness of the Lensbaby, I found myself using the car’s frame to line the perimeter of the photos as seen here. I like the voyeuristic quality of it. Or perhaps it’s more of a “seen from the drive” feel without the ambiguous and perhaps dark motivations behind general voyeurism.

I’ll admit that this image is nearly 100% made attractive to me by that burst of red balloons in the top right corner (maybe it was a do-not-walk sign). It adds a lively pop of color to the dominant shades of grey that blanket the rest of the frame. It also tips those in the know that it was a Lensbaby capture, something not particularly obvious in the rest of it all.

In the absence of a driving companion, it sure was nice to salvage some serious time via camera play.

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