Jose Cartas  

Coat Hangers by Jose Cartas

September 2020 - Coat Hangers

About the Image(s)

The picture was taken by mistake. I focused on the coat hangers (inside a church in Bremen, Germany), and then pressed the button without realizing the slow shutter speed. I was not sure whether the photo was taken or not and moved the camera, until I heard the shutter closing. Mentally, I put the shot in to the "delete" pile, but when I looked at the final result, I found it somehow interesting. I converted it into B&W, but the original had anyway two tones. Technical specifications: 100mm. lens, 15 sec. at f/18, ISO 50, handheld.

3 comments posted

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
To me this image looks abstract and surreal. The lines and curves are interesting. There is good contrast after you have converted it to monochrome. I think you have given this photo an attractive visual effect.   Posted: 09/10/2020 05:35:25

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
What an interesting mistake! I am pleased that you did not throw it away, as you have created a most pleasing abstract.
I have used this technique quite frequently with trees in a forest to get a mysterious appearance that differs from reality. Of course its all hit and miss depending on the speed and direction that you move the camera. I am lucky to get 1 decent image out of 20 tries.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:16:13

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
You will be smiling about this happy mistake a long time. It is interesting and makes a great abstract. It is very nice in B/W, looks electrified and no one could guess what it really is. The moral: always check the delete pile one last time before pushing the button!   Posted: 09/12/2020 14:22:06


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