Where: Manchester, England
Between Meeting: Arriving for Video Shoot
Epson is a sponsor of Manchester United Football Club. Last year I was very fortunate to have been asked by my colleague Nathan Fulcher, who manages Epson’s global sponsorships, to help produce a still photo shoot with Walter Iooss. With Premier League Football gaining popularity in the United States, Nathan asked me again to participate on a recent video shoot.
Manchester has a reputation as one of the rainiest cities in the UK. While that reputation is somewhat unfounded, when I arrived about a week ago at 6:15am via the red-eye from DC, it was pouring.
In a broad Manchester accent my Cabbie said, “Mite, saahry bout the weatha” and I said, “Don’t be sorry with your amazing windscreen” (windshield in US English). I’m sure the Cabbie thought he had an American with some kind of problem and he didn’t say anything for the rest of the trip. But what I saw were wonderful shapes and patterns from the rain on the windshield of the cab because it has less curvature than cars in the United States.
I increased ISO to reduce camera motion in the low light, and went into manual mode so I could use the widest aperture to enhance the circles of confusion. The image above is one of the best where the wipers are out of frame.
While this scene may feel finite, there are many interesting shapes and designs to be found with creative cropping. I noticed middle lower right, that a small rain droplet had spread and the perimeter was catching the colored lights of the traffic signals. It reminded me of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
I could have spent another 30 minutes in that cab shooting shapes, but the Cabbie definitely wanted the strange American out as soon as possible.