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CATS Eyes

By EddieAC    
It is quite ironic that for a themed photo of "Safety" I would choose a subject that could be potentially risky.

Cat's eyes are a great safety feature which was invented in England in 1934 by Percy Shaw and now used all over the world. They help illuminate the way in the dark and also provide tactile feedback through the steering wheel when a tired driver may wander over them.

Getting a photo of some could carry potential risks but the solution was to take the image in the very early hours of the morning when traffic was very scarce and several minutes could elapse between cars passing. I chose a section of road where there were no street lights as firstly the exposure came only from my torch which I would use for light painting but secondly I could see when a car was coming because of the distant glow from the headlights and then move both the camera/tripod setup and myself out of the way long before it got to me. I also wore a high vis jacket so I could be seen.


Around 15 minutes later and having moved aside for two or three cars I was on my way home for a cup of coffee.

Tags: Macro Close-up and macro Light painting Cats eyes Pareidolia

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Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2018 2:46AM
It even makes a good abstract... Well seen!
Good informative write up as well. Isabel GrinGrin

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
17 Dec 2018 1:01PM
Nice shot.

These are not used here in Canada due to the need for snow ploughing, as the would be ripped out by the plough.

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