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Insomnia Part 10 - Drive

Insomnia Part 10 - Drive
Photo Information
Copyright: Jens Schroder (HeadlessGuy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 163 W: 83 N: 498] (2282)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-08
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Artwork, Action, Nocturnal, Portrait
Camera: Canon 40D
Exposure: f/11, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD I, Insomnia, It is me [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-08 19:44
Viewed: 2414
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Insomnia Part 10 - Drive

If I was suffering from Insomnia, which I’m happy I’m not, I might drive randomly around town to pass the time.

I had the camera on a tripod with it's legs fastened between the back seats, floor and oposing door. The camera was about 20 cm out the back side window.
I used a Tokina 10-17mm at it's widest focal length.

I had a Canon 430EX with a DIY light modifier made from white paper. I folded the paper into a rectangular box with a hole for the flash in one end. That way the light was thrown in almost all directions and could illuminate me with pointing directly at me.
The flash had a diffuser gel and a slight blue gel on it also. Flash power was 1/4.

I started out with an exposure of 2.5 seconds through trial and error ended up on 1 second epxosure at f/11.

For PP work I processed I converted from RAW using these settings:
Recovery = 100
Fill Light = 100
Blacks = Drag this slider to the right until photo looks balanced again
Contrast = 100
Clarity = 100
Vibrance = 100
Saturation = Start from left and drag right until desired look

I don't remember the exact settings but the above is the starting point and then make adjustment for desired result.
I also tried to correct the fish eye distortion a little bit by using lens correction and distort tool in Photoshop.

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This is a great motion photo. You have given an excellent show of dedication and devotion of perfection in your display. I like this style and the originality of the capture is marvellous. I give my credit to your f11 aperture for it gives a best perimeter of the depth of field. Thanks for sharing.

Oh man, you are the king! You get an award for this! Just amazing that you would hang your camera out the window, I don't care if it was only 20cm! You have got to be the most creative dude on the site. I must say your steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car! B-).....
The motion of the lights, with you and the car sharp is just amazing. And the reflection in the side mirror is just perfect! (I'm gushing)...

Excellent use of light Jens... Cleverly planned and carried out - I agree with Linda on the award ;)


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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-12-08 21:55]

i am impress with your setting.. u drive slowly and road condition must be smooth? the diffuser light on your face and bright/motion light from street objects has created a great impact here. thumps up and tfs, Jens

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2008-12-08 23:55]

Wonderful work on the light and the composition. Original view and imaginative work ! Well done (be careful when you drive !)
Best regards

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-12-09 0:20]

wooooooooooooooowwwwww, amazing work !

congrats and thanks,

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  • doris Silver Star Critiquer [C: 46 W: 0 N: 9] (248)
  • [2008-12-09 1:45]

I just love that photo is amazing!

Hi Jens, your Insomnia series has been SO interesting! Although I can't comment on the technical aspects, I would say that your ingenuity, creativity, and imagination are second to none on this site.
This shot - wow! I can't believe the lengths you've gone to, not overlooking any details ... for example your reflection captured in the side mirror. Perfect! Great job. If you have any Insomnia ideas left in you, keep 'em coming!

man, you crazy ! it's so well thought and well done, all these fine settings... fantastic shot in this creative series !

whatever u do, thats cool n freek. result is powerful fun exciting.

Hey Jens,

Cinematic creativity that is, the quality is superb not mentioning the ingenius effort to come up with such a shot!

Well done ;)


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  • Orme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 6 N: 72] (311)
  • [2008-12-14 22:34]

Hello Jens,
This is a very clever and unique - but then the said could be said for many of the photos in your portfolio.
Excellent motion blur in the lights.
The reflection in the wing mirror rounds off this composition nicely.
Best regards,

hello Jens!
excellent endless series of lost sleep made with extraordinary creativity

best sERGIO

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  • ablok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 188 W: 87 N: 15] (491)
  • [2009-01-08 20:54]

Bonjour Jens.
Je découvre tout juste ta galerie..Et c'est un pur régal!! :-)
La série Insomnia est tout bonnement jouissive,il y a de l'idée en pagaille ainsi qu'une execution parfaite de ce que tu cherches a mettre en valeur,j'avoue etre bluffé par la qualité qu'il en ressort.
J'espere en découvrir de nouvelles dans cet esprit la et regrete meme de ne pas y avoir pensé plus tot! ^^

Au plaisir!

Hi Jens, Don't know how I missed this one, but I'm glad K-A referenced it in a photo by David. This is one heck of a shot! The lines, the sharpness, and you in the outside mirror. Awesome!! I bet you were thrilled with the results! Lisa

A S T O U N D I N G !

Totally lost for words.
Your amazing man! Too bad I could only give two points for this...


Hi Jens,
Stunning picture, your "job discription" is perfect, it took quite some effort to get to this amazing nocturnal selfportrait. I'm happy you share this info, it really gives me inspiration. This is photography art on a high level!

Hello Jens !

This is among the most fascinating experience I have seen for quite a while . Lovely idea , and super original set up . Sorry to have missed it during my time off line . I am glad I am browsing galleries today , in an attempt to correct specifically this situation.

You deserve an award on this one. Thanks for the useful note to explain the details behind this great shot. TL work at its best.
Again Bravo!
I wonder how many you had to take to get this one. You nailed it perfectly.

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