One of the last stops I made on my shootabout was an old loading dock behind the Civic Center. Me and a friend had skated here a couple times so I knew it had good potential for some decent pictures. My favorite pictures so far had definitely been the macro shots so I put the 60mm back on the camera and started shooting.
First thing I saw when I got to the location is the way a little patch of metal had peeled away from the corner of the dock. I liked the rust and the way you could see the raw edge of the concrete so I shot a few frames. In post I duplicated the layer, converted to a smart object, edited in a new window, changed mode to greyscale, then to bitmap (freq/12, angle/45, diamond.) After that I played around with a layer mask to get my color back. This is the same process I use for making pop art images. I like the retro look of the bitmap so I decided to keep it.
Just behind the corner were a few nuts and bolts. These were shot as they were, I didn’t move them around at all. I used a narrow depth of field to put the focus on the front bolt and let the others be background elements.
Along the ramp part of the dock, someone had drawn their name into the cement, probably when it was first poured. I loved the way it looked, it reminds me of the way people write their names in the sand at the beach and take pictures of it. It was strikingly simple but something about it really stood out so I wanted to include it in the blog post.
This last image was my personal favorite image from the day. I got down close to the small metal rail that ran up the ramp. There was a tiny gap in the rail at the top of the ramp where a crack in the concrete ran all the way across the surface, I shot through the gap in the metal. Everything about this image really worked for me.