Ian Chantler  


Hand Mirror by Ian Chantler

July 2021 - Hand Mirror

About the Image(s)

I have just had a week off work first one for ages, so last Monday took a leisurely stroll along the promenade at New Brighton as I crossed the car park a Harley Davidson pulled in I always love a Harley as no 2 are the same love picking out detail,I had never seen rear view mirror mounts like these and was so attracted to them it will never be a competition entry but I enjoyed seeing the originality and thought I would share.

There is another detail shot of this bike on Group 31

How I did it
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f4 1/1000s ISO 100 focal length 84mm RAW file opened and adjusted in photoshop sharpened using a high pass filter,cropped slightly from the top and bottom, a light vignette added final touch a 2px stroke added


This round’s discussion is now closed!
18 comments posted




Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Ian, it is good to know that you finally got a little break. The steel hand holding the mirror is well constructed and it is very original. The image is sharp, and tells a story of the Harley Cult. Background well managed and non distracting.   Posted: 07/05/2021 20:42:17
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Isaac no competiton entry but I love to have a careful browse over a Harley always something different and original.   Posted: 07/06/2021 16:57:50



Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Nice detail shot Ian. Good use of wide aperture to throw the background totally out of focus. Also, you have achieved the impossible (well nearly impossible) in avoiding a reflection of you in this very shiny subject. I have given up worrying about competition pictures. I shoot for me and if a judge likes it then that's a bonus! I hope you took other shots of this interesting bike.   Posted: 07/07/2021 08:15:26
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
Many thanks Guy as you say reflections on Harleys,which are nearly always more chrome than bike are a nightmare as you so rightly say, posted another picture of part of the bike on Group 31 this was a bigger reflection nightmare than this image.   Posted: 07/07/2021 16:55:26



Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Ian, I love this shot for it's uniqueness. When it first popped up on my computer to post for you, my first thought was "Terminator."

I agree with Isaac that you have managed the background well. In my opinion it is both the (lack of) focus as well as the significant difference in brightness from the "hand."

To me this is not something I would enlarge and hang on the wall - BUT - it is so different I probably would keep A5 size on my desk somewhere.

Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 07/08/2021 11:27:25



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks for the kind words Gary you can read my mind another talent you have it is my current desktop picture on my computer purely as you implied for its quirkiness.   Posted: 07/08/2021 14:55:56



Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
I too am pleased that you finally have some time for family time and your passion. I appreciate the unique subject with the soft background and the stroke that contained your image.   Posted: 07/10/2021 11:39:45
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
Many many thanks it was just what the doctor ordered and as you can see we had some sunshine as well.   Posted: 07/10/2021 13:28:46



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/11/2021 21:33:47
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Vella the blue finger tips are down to Mother Nature the sun was shining.   Posted: 07/12/2021 08:18:46



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/11/2021 23:30:03



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/13/2021 11:30:49



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/13/2021 14:49:07



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/13/2021 21:26:44



Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
(Groups 24 & 97)
Hi Ian. Definitely a unique side-view mirror. The placement from where the hand extends into frame is great. A bit of menace in there. I noticed the red signage being reflected in the chrome. Kind of looks like blood or scars hahaha   Posted: 07/15/2021 12:37:30
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Steve
Thank you so much for taking the time to drop in and comment we do not see that many Harleys over here but I am attracted to them like a magnet,they are always unique and worth studying,I have posted another image of the bike on Group 31.
Take care my friend and stay safe.   Posted: 07/15/2021 15:50:59



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/15/2021 18:34:57



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This would do well in my camera club. I like the blue paring with the silver. The lighting is beautiful making the hand look like liquid silver. I like the blue fingertips.   Posted: 07/17/2021 11:47:35