During a recent visit to the quaint downtown of Mystic CT, we passed by the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream Café. It was only 1pm, and the early autumn sun was coming through the plate glass window at enough of an angle to cast some interesting shadows that caught my eye. The shadows thrown from the bends of the glass window and the curves of the chair, along with the red and black stripes on the floor, all created a commotion of lines and begged to be photographed.
Taken with a Nikon D90 in aperture priority at f/4.2, 1/800 second, at a 39mm (equiv) focal length. I adjusted exposure compensation by +2/3 as the interior was not well lit, and since I was shooting through the glass window, I used a circular polarizer to remove reflections.
Then for kicks, I applied the cartoonish (I prefer artsy!) effect in Topaz B&W Effects. I think it works well to emphasize the lines (my goal) and minimize other details, while preserving the interesting colors.
While in Mystic, I also spent some time “seeing in black and white” and making images accordingly. Watch for the results of that exercise in an upcoming post. Posted by Ed