This weeks "free spirit" challenge on the Daily Post at Wordpress.com gave me an opportunity to explore one of my favorite techniques for infusing images with drama and life. More and more, I search for ways to "damage" and alter the pristine but static and artificial images produced by today's digital sensors.
Coming from film, I miss the organic look and surprises you would get upon development. Don't get me wrong, I would never want to go back to the inherent limitations of film speed and limited exposures available (and the cost!) Fortunately there are plenty of ways to reintroduce randomness and that organic look, both with pre and post processing techniques.
In the image above I took advantage of a wet car window and by picking the right angle, I was able to let the strong sunlight seep in the lens, causing a colorful shower of artifacts and reflections.