Parked

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 23 2011

Category: street

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Aperture:f/9
Focal Length:53mm
ISO:800
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

All White

Since becoming a carrier of the camera I’ve taken immense pleasure in the everyday (every hour) changes in light outside. I’ve often heard Los Angeles based shooters tire of the consistently sunny days that persist even in wintertime – it’s like a re-run every day, and while you can read Shakespeare 100 times, 1000 might be too much. Then again, I’ve only ever spent a week there, so who am I to say. What I am saying is Boston gets hit with weather like this (above). And oh how it’s different.

While the shot is clearly about the craziness of the scenery, it’s held together by a couple key elements. Firstly, the car anchors it nice and firm. Like a snow covered bag of pennies, it sits there and dares not budge.

On either side of it is some framing – a tree on the left and the descending decks at right. These decks help pull the eye back, or at least establish some sort of depth. There’s a definite background – this flat, gray jumble of branches and snow – and then the foreground is all of this automobile and bark business. The decks go from contrasty to contrastless as they deepen.

Sleep now.

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