Posted on Jun.22, 2011, under black and white

(Nikon D700, 70-300mm at 170mm, ISO 250, Exposure 1/2000 sec @ f/5.6)

The annual Eyes on Design car show is part of a fund raiser for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. The show isn’t quite as big as some of the larger Concours d’Elegance shows held around the nation, but it generally as a couple hundred cars of various vintages, with the focus on automobile design. The show is held at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan. The house is located next to Lake St. Clair and has wonderful grounds for a car exhibition.

Because of the connection with the DIO, one of the nice things they do is let individuals who have sight issues view and judge the cars by touch. It’s fascinating to watch the reactions to these people as they feel their way around an automobile, asking the owner for specific information such as what the color of the car is, for example. I thought this was really fascinating and I tried to capture some images of this process at work. I liked the image above the best because I think it demonstrates the light touch that is used to really ‘see’ by feeling.

Processing was fairly straight forward. I debated about color vs. black and white and went with black and white, although I think both images work. In the conversion, I tried to keep the glove brighter because I wanted to focus the eye on the action of the hand.

Love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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