A few minutes after the image in Weather Vane was captured (click the link to see the Post from 3 days ago), Porridge was in my sights. Porridge is a sculpture of a large Bear placed at the centre of Bicester Village and therefore a popular meeting point. That means Porridge is usually cluttered by visitors clutching several bags from various retail outlets making photography difficult. I was just lining up a shot when a lady from the Far East came and stood directly in front of me apparently oblivious of my camera. I patiently waited…
Capturing this bear is also made more difficult by the background. An image square-on to the backdrop results in a dark background that really is not helpful. Shooting obliquely as I chose to do is complicated by windows in a lighter background. They are unavoidable so my intention was to make a feature of them and blur them – at capture and again in processing. Finally, I processed this hopefully to make Porridge ‘pop’ from the background but not to appear as a montage.
Does it work? – I’m always interested to hear your thoughts.
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