Jeff Manser  

Parking At Work by Jeff Manser

June 2022 - Parking At Work

About the Image(s)

Why I took it: This shot first caught my eye because of the contrast between the black in the door/windows and the silver building. Plus there is a bike. I have some strange disease that makes it difficult to pass a bike without taking a photo. For me the shot asked questions. What is Roto-Molding? What are in the boxes on the deck? Does someone ride their bike to work everyday? The original was cropped and the bike was lightened to make it stand out a bit more. The shot was taken on a Fujifilm X-T3 at F8.0, ISO 160, at 1/500.

6 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Jeff, a great image! I can see what attracted you in the scene, and the bike definitely adds an intriguing element to the story. You have transformed the building to a dramatic and a bit of sinister scene with the dark tones and the strong contrast that create a special mood. This is like an opening image of a movie - I am waiting for the door to open, or someone appear in the window - and what is inside the strange boxes!   Posted: 06/12/2022 01:11:04

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I like Kirst's analysis. I would crop most of what is on the left of trhe door and lightene the 0zone blacks and let the bike into the story.   Posted: 06/12/2022 16:39:39

Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
It's amazing this photo wasn't taken in the 1950's! I really like what you did in this photo. There's a symmetry and a messiness that blend. I like the name of the company - I agree, what is roto-molding??) and it intrigued me that they list the address but not city, state or phone number! I too would like to see more of the bike - it definitely adds to the story.   Posted: 06/12/2022 17:03:50

Gagandeep Singh
Great high contrast pic, i would lighten the railings and the stairs leading to the door just to lead the eye to the door and lighten the bike a bit too..   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:45:12

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi Jeff. This was, to my eye, a good catch. If your disease does not have a cure, please send some of it my way, I could use some.

I worked in a foundry for a number of years. We made circular castings using centrifugal force and I suspect that Roto Molding is much the same. The material is fed into the mold as it spins distributing the material evening in the mold and giving the casting a very good surface finish - hope the explanation helps.

My only comment about the image is that I would reduce the intensity of the white walls and perhaps increase the intensity of the shadows a bit to give a more balanced tonality - not much else to suggest.

Good catch Jeff, thanks for sharing it with us.   Posted: 06/13/2022 14:28:24

Jeff Manser   Jeff Manser
Thanks for the comments Ed as well as the explanation of what Rotor-Molding is! Your explanation of the process made perfect sense. I'll play around with the bright spots and shadows and see what that looks like. Thanks again.   Posted: 06/13/2022 22:52:31


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