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Fridge

Driving around the countryside you do see some amazing sites.  I love some of the weird and wonderful things you see.  You often see things you would expect, but sometimes you see things that are totally unexpected.  Today’s photo is one of those.  I have been trying to work out when the best time to show this would be, and I think today is the day.

A fridge in the middle of the intersection.  Not many intersections would have enough room for this.  After we left one of the houses and were on our way to another we drove past this, and I had to make Jonesy stop.  How could I go past this and not take any photos.

Is it a sign or a mail box? I don’t know, it definitely works as a sign, with CP Weir written on it with an arrow pointing down the road, presumably to CP Weir’s house.  The fridge is painted with red and black with the white strip down the middle, St Kilda colours.  That is a football team here in Australia, for Australian Rules.  I think it is a fair assumption that the Weir’s are St Kilda fans.

When I was taking this photo I really wanted to capture its position.  I didn’t just want to do a photo of the fridge, but I wanted the roads, and part of the intersection.  This is in the middle.  This image appealed to me the most because of the road on the left and the way the road leads you to the fridge.  The lightness of the road helps so much as well.

It is funny how you can take a photo of one thing in different ways, but just one composition will stand out from all the others, and with this one it is because of that road.

I have processed this image, in much the same way, but not as heavily.  I didn’t think making the image a lot darker would work with this.  I really wanted that fridge to stand out, so I lightened the fridge in different ways in different layers.

There is the original image, this is a HDR, though it probably wasn’t really necessary.  I just do it for most things now.  I think of HDR as my first step now, and then I do everything else on top of that.  I remember reading about an artist once that paints poetry over her canvas before she starts painting on it,  You can’t see the poetry most of the time, but it is her first step.

For me doing the HDR is my first step.  I go through my images after I have been somewhere, I load Photomatix and then I start doing the HDR’s, I do one after another, name them and then they sit in the directory until I am ready to do more processing on them.  For today’s image the HDR was produced two weeks ago, but I didn’t do any further editing until today.

So, with my teaching, I was asked about Edendale Farm where the landscape course will take place, and I thought I should mention that the farm is in Eltham.  For anyone wanting to sign up for any of my courses they will be going on the website tomorrow, hopefully, so to book go to Living & Learning Nillumbik.

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  1. I LOVE that! Maybe I should put something like it down at the corner of our drive…delivery trucks are always missing us!

    July 18, 2012
    • YOu should, it certainly draws attention. You couldn’t miss it. It is great. Thanks Marie

      July 19, 2012
  2. Would be great if there was underground power and it was plugged in ;-)

    July 18, 2012
    • It would be, open it on dark night and see how it lights up the corner. Great place for a party. :)

      July 19, 2012
  3. I just can’t believe you found this just off the road…incredible. I wish I could find unique things like this. Great job!
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

    July 18, 2012
    • It wasn’t off the road, it was actually in the middle of the cross roads. Where I took the photo, I was standing on one of the roads. It was amazing, though not surprising. I think you are more likely to find things like this if you go off the beaten track. Try travelling down some roads you don’t normally go, or if you are going somewhere, find a new way to get there. I’ve been discovering lots of things since I started doing that. Thanks Laurie

      July 19, 2012
  4. Cool shot. And interesting. And it demonstrates that a photographer should never be without a camera. You just never know what you’re going to come across.

    July 18, 2012
    • No never, though I often am, but now with phone cameras being so good, guess I always have something. I love it when you find something completely unexpected.

      July 19, 2012
  5. A sign that get’s your attention!

    July 18, 2012
  6. The question on everyone’s lips: does the fridge have beer in it?

    July 18, 2012
    • You know, I didn’t even think to look. I just wanted to get my shots and get going. I wish now I had looked. :)

      July 19, 2012
  7. Excellent! Great lighting which clearly offers a higher level of interest. I can almost imagine people coming to worship it as part of some prehistoric landscape. ;)

    July 18, 2012
    • That sounds fantastic. I wonder if people do. I can imagine the local kids having parties there on Saturday night after the pub closes. ;)

      July 19, 2012
      • Have you seen the start of the film 2001 – perhaps that’s where Kubrick got his idea of the monolith from, he saw an old fridge in the desert! :)

        July 20, 2012
      • I have seen it, but not for years. Don’t remember that.

        July 20, 2012
      • :) Not a SciFi fan then. Cult film starts with ‘apes’ encountering a black obelisk, the result of which we are to presume that apes started on the path to become man.

        July 20, 2012
      • I love sci fi, but when it came out I couldn’t see it, no where to see movies, and by the time I got to see, which was a few years later, it just seemed so slow. Not of fan of it.

        July 20, 2012
      • “…..t just seemed so slow” – yep, that sums it up nicely. :)

        July 20, 2012
      • :)

        July 20, 2012
  8. Leanne, I am wondering if your pictures would look more effective against a
    Ighter background.

    July 18, 2012
    • I used to have a white background, but I found it too stark. I tried a border but I didn’t really like that. I tried to pick a colour that wasn’t really dark, but not really light. You never know, I might change it again.

      July 19, 2012
      • Ok. I just find it rather dark and it discourages me from reading.

        July 19, 2012
  9. Fantastic. And I agree with you– a simple shot of the fridge would not have sufficed, this shot NEEDED the road and the grasses to make the statement, nay, to ask the questions, Who did this? What is it doing here? For me, though, the brilliance, so to speak, is in the light reflected on the white rusted side of the box– it brings a sense of time to the photo. Congrats on a great shot! ~ Jason

    July 19, 2012
    • Thank you Jason, I agree, the shots that didn’t have that road, just didn’t seem to work. I would like the answers to those questions as well. I think we can assume, that a Mr Weir did it so people could find his place. Thanks again Jason, I appreciate your comments.

      July 19, 2012
  10. Roo #

    Hey, thanks for the like on my blog post. I really like the way you present your work. Very thoughtful, and insightful. I’m an photography enthusiast as well, and I do enjoy your work. Hope to see more from you!

    July 19, 2012
    • It was a pleasure, and thank you for liking my blog as well. I hope you continue to enjoy my work.

      July 19, 2012
  11. Awesome shot! I love what you did with the HDR. I agree with others…did you check it for beer?

    July 19, 2012
    • Thanks, no I didn’t, I didn’t even think of it, must check it next time I am up there. :)

      July 19, 2012
  12. Liana #

    Could you bring your workshop to the states? Speaking for all of North American, we’ll come!

    July 19, 2012
    • Haha, don’t think I could afford the transport to and from work right now, but I hope to be able to do it one day.

      July 19, 2012
  13. I am noticing that you begin with a high exposure. That’s a problem for me lots of the time. I am inclined to underexpose which gives me little room to modify the image. I would have just deleted the image of the old door because of the over-exposed outside of the building. I need to learn to do more in depth graphics manipulation. As it is now, I have to choose the correct light situation. You saw that in my photos that I had to convert to make them usable at all. The sunlight here is very harsh. I am enjoying your teaching images. And, actually learning something. Old dogs, you know! Thanks, Leanne.

    July 19, 2012
    • Hey George, I think the thing with my stuff or rather the original image is that it is the first of, usually, 5 images. Then I use some software to make them one image. EAch image is a separate exposure. One is the correct exposre, two over, and the other two under. I show you the image that the camera says is the right exposure. I also tend to do spot metering on nearly all my photography these days. I haven’t checked, but what software do you use for your editing? I am so glad you are learning something, it helps to keep me motivated knowing that people like what I do.

      July 19, 2012
  14. not only is the shot off the charts, but just the fact this fridge was sitting by the side of the road is amazing. It was there for you to find and photograph. Brilliant

    July 19, 2012
    • It was brilliant, I loved it that it was just sitting there, I certainly couldn’t have not taken photos. Thanks

      July 19, 2012
  15. lostinessex #

    Great shot…well seen and taken… A reminder of why we should always have a camera with us at all times because you never know what wierd or quirky things you might see! I like the contrast in the image and the way you’ve made the fridge stand out but at the same time, be a part of the landscape.

    July 19, 2012
    • Thanks, you are absolutely right. Camera should always be there. It was a great find, I am really glad you like the way I have processed it.

      July 19, 2012
  16. What a fantastic find. You’ve really nailed the exposure of that reflecting sunlight to make the fridge stand out.

    July 19, 2012
    • Thank you, it was a fantastic find, not something you see everyday.

      July 19, 2012
  17. Little Brown Tomato #

    Love your work on this one. Blue sky is fab !

    July 19, 2012
    • Thank you, That blue sky was wonderful all afternoon.

      July 19, 2012
  18. Reblogged this on amyestone12.

    July 19, 2012
  19. Excellent site — super positive and inspirational!

    July 19, 2012
  20. Sign, mail box, land mark… and local tourist attraction. Country people are very resourceful, and parochial about their football teams. Love the image, and that you had to have it, just so. The have camera and are prepared for anything attitude:)

    July 19, 2012
    • It is a good image, I do drive past many things, but I couldn’t drive past this, and everyone’s response has reaffirmed for me that it was the right thing to do. Country people are exactly like that. Haha. :)Thanks

      July 19, 2012
  21. Very interesting story and photo! Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to catching up on yours…

    July 19, 2012
    • No, thank you for returning the visit. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

      July 19, 2012
  22. Quirky! I like it a lot. :)

    July 19, 2012
    • Thanks Zelmare, it is very Australian, well to me it is.

      July 19, 2012
  23. That is an amazing picture!

    July 19, 2012
  24. awesome shot!

    July 19, 2012
  25. Ha, ha, that’s brilliant – very nice shot as well. Very post-apocalyptic.

    July 20, 2012
  26. I love it, I once saw an old leather arm chair at a nature look out, no idea why but it was comfy – and next time I went back it was gone

    July 21, 2012
    • I love finding things that are really out of place, but then they seem to fit where they are. I wonder who took the chair. Thanks

      July 23, 2012
  27. Did you find Harrison Ford inside?

    July 22, 2012
    • Now that would have been interesting, but alas we didn’t open it, wish I had now. :)

      July 23, 2012
  28. How interesting that you’re using Photomatix, too! I love how your use of HDR is much more subtle than we see elsewhere these days.

    July 23, 2012
    • I like to think that everyone starts doing the over saturated images initially with HDR’s but I am starting to think that most people just think that is how they should be. I cringe when I look at my first and earlier attempts. I love how I use it now. It is great to have my attempts confirmed as well. Thanks

      July 23, 2012
  29. Ohhh I love this. Great shot!

    July 23, 2012
    • Thanks Mirella, great to know that you love it. I love it as well.

      July 23, 2012
  30. HAHAHA This one was fun! Yes, you couldn’t just drive past this one without a photo shoot that’s for sure lol! I love what you did with it too :)

    July 24, 2012
    • That is so true Amanda, no way, I had to take a photo of it. Thanks.:)

      July 24, 2012

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