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Viv 1 - Blue Ice Racing

By ChiliMan

Right-O, this is the first in a series of 7.

I took my mum to her friend Vivien's place on Sunday and while there, I found lots of things to photograph. As such, I decided to precede each title with 'Viv' to indicate it's part of the same series.


Vivien's car had some nice fat drops on it. I looked down and saw some on a clean wheel...and the slate driveway (not wise, it's cracked all over the place) provided a nice background. So I took the pic.

At home, I cropped the pic. Then blued the wheel. Saved the pic. I then lowered the brightness through gamma correction (brought it down from 1 to 0.72).

Resized it. Boosted contrast by 15% and sharpened it. Then worked on the frame.

Hope you all like it!


Tags: Blue Car Art Wheel Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated

Voters: StephenBrighton, Gary_Williams, peachT and 14 more

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DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
12 Sep 2006 6:27PM
Wow...isn't it amazing what you can do with old bits of car & cracked slates!!!!
I love what you've done with this,& I love that brilliant blue.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my pics, very kind of you.

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ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
12 Sep 2006 6:34PM
So nice of you to say so. Thanks, Hilary!! I really am quite happy with this pic. Heehee. The next one is of the car's fin. But I gotta wait a few more hours before I can upload it. Bah.

And as you've already guessed, I LOVE your pics Smile

dp 13 163 3 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 6:40PM
I like it too. I origanally thought the overexposed slates on the left was not doing it any favours but I feel, on looking for longer. that this adds to the abstract feel.

Top shot

ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
12 Sep 2006 6:49PM
Thanks, Dave.

And you're right. I didn't notice that it's a wee bit glary there. That was the part facing out.

12 Sep 2006 7:16PM
Nice one , i really like it=]
thanks for the comments
Lynchy 11
12 Sep 2006 7:16PM
This is a great shot very different from the norm, like it a lot
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
12 Sep 2006 7:23PM
Thanks, Steph and Dave!!

KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 9:14PM
From the thumbnail I thought it was one of those remote control UFO's and you theme was 'aliens' lol... more than surprised when it was a car tyre .... great effects the blue really does get your attention but the texture/tones of the slate driveway add the 'edge'... well done
Karen Smile
joseph 11 England
12 Sep 2006 9:32PM
A great angle! Nice one.
RobinF 10 83 1 England
13 Sep 2006 6:03AM
This really is excellent! I love the viewpoint, the contrasting textures, the tight cropping, the colour treatment, the way the picture is divided up into 3 sections, perfectly balanced. I could probably rattle on for ages. Love it! regards Robin
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
13 Sep 2006 9:10AM
Thanks for all your comments and compliments!

Karen, so funny you mentioned that 'cos I'd been tempted to slice out the wheel and use it as a UFO insert in some shot!! lol

Joseph, yep, I really like the angle too. I didn't wanna go into the wheel where the disc was, see?

And Robin, you've given me a new perspective 'cos I didn't notice the 3 sections thing!

Cheers, all of you.

colin 12 697 5 Scotland
17 Sep 2006 9:19AM
You have a good eye. This is excellent.Love reading your descriptions too.
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
17 Sep 2006 11:11AM
Thanks, Colin. You're very encouraging!

Paree 12 616 3
10 Dec 2006 8:29PM
I love this it looks like a space station it would look good on a starry black back ground.
Paree 12 616 3
10 Dec 2006 8:30PM
I love this it looks like a space station it would look good on a starry black back ground.

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