The Old Cadillac Seat


This photograph was taken on a hike through some local fields a few days ago when we were enjoying temperatures around 70 degrees F for the first time in many months. It's an interesting spot to take a rest!

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/125s and aperture f/11. Adjusted the white balance for more warmth, multiple curves adjustments for contrast and saturation, overall desaturation, some color balancing for tone, added some vignette.

Thanks for visiting good old Durham Township!



Why aren't there any comments about this image except mine? It seems real and surreal at the same time. I have all sorts of speculative observations about the items surrounding the young girl. Were any of the items deliberately included to add interest and impact, or were they all already present? How did the old car seat end up in a field like this? I could go on and on. This is truly a thought provoking picture. For me, it is one of your best.
Keep on keepin' on.

Posted by Dennis at May 8, 2007 6:24 AM

Here are the comments from the original post of this shot on my photoblog:

I love this.

Posted by Grosse Pointer at March 19, 2006 12:54 AM


its nice photo. i realy like that green color. :)

Posted by bruno at March 19, 2006 5:02 AM


So many elements that work here. I particularly like the fully saturated St. Paddy's day pom-pom; it forces your attention and gives context to the photo. The old, desaturated scenery and her bored expression give it the "day after the party" feel. The celebration's over. What now?

Posted by Robert at March 19, 2006 7:20 AM


Excellent post-processing. The green pom-pom really stands out!

Posted by clarence at March 19, 2006 7:50 AM


It would have been interesting to have also done the shot at 70 mm standing furthing away to compose the same scene. I wounder if it would have made her foot in the foreground smaller relative to the rest of her body.

Posted by Ted at March 19, 2006 7:54 AM


Superb shot!

Posted by Ashish Sidapara at March 19, 2006 9:49 AM


Really like the composition. Adjusting the contrast on the main subject has been done pretty well. Only minor issue is with the clump of vegetation under the left elbow - it seems significantly oversaturated.

Posted by Simon C at March 19, 2006 11:01 AM

Simon C: Hahahaha, vegetation... just to clarify, it's a St. Patrick's Day metallic wig and it's actually been de-saturated along with the rest of the image. That thing is insanely bright!

I didn't want to tone it down more than the other elements because I like the zaniness of it in this otherwise very muted landscape.

Posted by Kathleen at March 19, 2006 11:24 AM


wow - i can't believe that wig is DEsaturated! this is a lovely shot with a great mood, probably enhanced by your desaturation. i come here often, and really enjoy the sensitivity and sweetness of your work.

Posted by jessica at March 19, 2006 1:23 PM


I really like the portrait / landscape element of this, but the green wig spoils it for me. Wig? well it looks like a bunch of radio active spring onions to me... LOL!

Posted by Mike at March 19, 2006 5:30 PM


I like this one. She looks really tired though. I bet you're enjoying the warmer weather. Send some this way?? :)

Posted by solaria at March 19, 2006 7:20 PM


Great portrait shot. amazing composition.

Posted by parella at March 19, 2006 11:50 PM


I really like this.

Posted by Jennifer at March 20, 2006 12:38 AM


Serenity on a calm day?

I guess we all read things differently.

I love the slight undersaturation in a world where we can't get enough intensity. I like the pic very much.

Posted by Jamin at March 20, 2006 2:21 AM


I absolutely love these colors. When I started to listen Opeth or Anathema, I thought that they played in these shades of grey and brown. Now I can only smell decaying leaves (surprisingly pleasant) and feel extreme sadness.
You are the one who determines my emotions, Kathleen :)

Posted by Jezebel at March 20, 2006 3:26 AM


Your pictures show rural America to be such beautiful and serene places. Can't wait to take a look myself.

Posted by PlasticTV at March 20, 2006 4:49 AM


She has that far away look in her eyes. She looks like a young Selma Hayek. The seat looks like the fins on the old Cadillac's. Great photo as are ALL.

Posted by Marc at March 20, 2006 7:00 AM


Beautiful shot... a great portrait.

Posted by Jasp at March 20, 2006 7:39 AM


Excellent photo. She looks like a young Drew Barrymore to me.

Posted by christina at March 20, 2006 8:43 AM


This is beautiful....I feel like she is right in front of it.

Posted by Kathy at March 20, 2006 1:53 PM


Love the contrast: youth vs. bleak surroundings.

Posted by Skateboard Showroom at March 20, 2006 2:50 PM


The pop of green in the shot is a great representation of spring's coming arrival.

Posted by micki at March 20, 2006 6:13 PM


you really have a knack for these shots ... great composition, great burst of green color

Posted by Crash at March 21, 2006 6:48 AM


Wow! This is a great photo.

Posted by Seth at March 21, 2006 9:53 PM



Posted by nostalgie at March 24, 2006 6:27 AM


ah! she wears crocs!

Posted by neowenyang at March 26, 2006 6:21 AM


this has a potential to be an advertising shot!

Posted by neowenyang at March 26, 2006 6:21 AM


another fantastic one

Posted by pierre at May 21, 2006 11:36 AM

Posted by Kathleen at May 13, 2007 7:12 AM
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