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Very nice thread!
6661 by Martin Hertsius, on Flickr
Sony NEX-5N @ ISO 100, 1/20 second + Voigtländer 15/4.5 @ f/5.6.
Cropped ~25% and an aggressive, dedicated contrast curve was applied in PP, as well as some vignetting, dodging, burning and cloning out of small bright things that would only look like artefacts after downscaling.
I was on my way home from work, very tired and exhausted. But I thought that I should at least try shooting some instead of going home, because then I would only fall asleep.
I found this nice pattern and it took me a little while to figure out how to capture it without any distracting background. So I used the widest lens I had with me (out of 15, 28 & 50 mm), held the camera pointing downwards at arms length and shot a few frames before I got something that would do. Unfortunately my arms were too short to reach the middle of the "cross", but it worked quite well with some tilting in PP.
This is the pure definition of things I want to shoot. Ordinary stuff that is transformed into something interesting, just by eliminating the context. I like it particularly because it wasn't just a snap. I had to think and work to get what I wanted.