"It was late on a stormy afternoon in Everglades City,
Florida," said Jim Austin. "The wind was howling, and a storm was on the way. Raindrops kissed the hot metal of a car nearby."
"I crouched down. The fins of the car, a 1957 Chevy BelAir,
towered above my Canon EF 10-22 lens like a skyscraper.
Resting on my stomach so I could gaze upwards, I made three
bracketed exposures in color with a Canon DSLR."
"All three shots looked well-exposed in the viewfinder. By
now the sky had opened and lighting and thunder were
rolling in. The image title, "Chevy Above the Levy," goes all
the way back to Don McLean's hit song, American Pie."
The three framed were shot with a Canon Digital Rebel and
10-22 mm EFS Canon Canon lens (written up in My Favorite
Lens on The Digital Story). Processing was done with
Photomatix Pro software, available at www.hdrsoft.com. After tone mapping in Photomatix, Photoshop CS 3 and its channel mixer were used to create a high dynamic range of tones for black
In the process of making this image, I asked myself what
visual elements made for interesting black and white HDR. I
came up with shape, and symbolism. Where visual elements of
design support a photograph, they expand its symbolic
components, and this goes for high dynamic range pictures
just as well.
For instance, a photograph can act as an analogy. The
brilliant photography critic Susan Sontag pointed this out:
“what makes something interesting is that it can be seen
to be like, or analogous to, something else.” For
example, at first glimpse, the fins of the Chevy Bel Air
reminded me of a large modern building.
Photo by Jim Austin.
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