Secret Scotland

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I miss everything, even on my own doorstep

While I might not be too upset about missing most of the action around me (it usually involves some sort of serious injury or death these days, and I’m glad not to have been anywhere near it at the time), I was ever so slightly irritated to have missed something almost outside my door.

I had even seen the signs, but trees blocked my view of the scene.

I’d glanced at the rear of a strange car in a neighbour’s drive, attracted by what looked like flashing, coloured LEDs in the rear light housing. After looking closer, I realised it was the amber warning lights on a vehicle I couldn’t see because of trees. This is not unusual (even the street sweeper has strobes), and I didn’t pay any more attention.

A few hours later I headed out to the shops, and found out why there had been flashing light behind the trees.

The broken grille and various other bits from a Vauxhall had been swept off the road – clearly there had been a collision, but with only the breakable parts from the front of the Vauxhall (and some recognisable bits from inside the grille area), I could only guess the driver had not noticed ‘the car in front’ slowing down, or even stopping, as it got ready to turn right at this junction.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to break, or have fall off and get left behind from the back of most cars, compared to the front, so there was nothing lying around except these Vauxhall bits.

A handy reminder of how hard it can be to take a decent pic of items on a wet road, due to the way the layer of water acts as a mirror-like reflector, making it hard to pick out items thanks to the small size of the lamps on lampposts. And, down here at least, we seem to be quite far down the list for getting LED street light updates.

The low-light sodium yellow shot needed a fair bit of shadow/highlight tweaking to make the broken bits appear under the monochrome yellow light.

The flash actually fared little better, and also needed a lot of manual processing. This is because the flash is little more than a point source on the camera axis, and the wet surface act like mirrors, so most of the light is lost as it reflects off it into the distance, and only a little is reflected back to the camera.

Both pretty poor, even after processing, but you can at least see the evidence of a Vauxhall – although the other bits are still hard to see.

Collision Low Light

Collision Low Light

This really is the same scene, photographed a few seconds after the first under the street lights, but using flash.

The two different light sources make quite the difference, and could be significant if pics were being taken for use as evidence. Taking a lot, of each, would be a really good idea if that was their purpose.

Some items appear to missing when the pics are compared, and even the detail on some objects appears to be different when they are matched.

Collision Flash

Collision Flash

Quite a surprise when I got the original back and saw how bad they were.

Then again, it’s so long since I took pics like this, I’d almost forgotten about the hassle of rainy, wet pics as I tend to prefer staying dry these days.

Weird observation…

Later(as in days, not hours), when I passed this again, it looked as if someone had thrown a bag of that white stuff used to mop up oil and chemical spills. Given the rainstorms of the past say or so, I think that might have been a waste of time, and was needed when this collision happened, not days later, after heavy rain.

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13/10/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | ,

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