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When motorists get stuck in traffic jams in Pakistan, they adopt an unusual posture standing on the wheels of their motor vehicles in an effort to see what is holding up the traffic. In other parts of the world I have seen motorists doing this by standing on the running board (or whatever it is that they call the bottom of the door of modern cars) but never standing on the wheels. It seems to take a certain skill as the right leg is left dangling in mid-air and many do it (like the man in the middle) without placing a hand on the car to provide balance. It reminded me of the stance that the Lake Inle fishermen adopt to propel their boats with their leg paddles. This shot was taken through a windscreen whilst stuck in a traffic jam in the Rawalpindi rush hour. I hope they remember to put their handbrakes on when they do this, as I shudder to think what would happen to their foot if the car started to move!

Some may say that I should have cropped the out-of-focus back of the car in the bottom right hand corner, but doing that removes what provides the perspective of being stuck in a traffic jam. Of course, it would have been good if the wing mirror of the car in front was not obscuring the right foot of the man in the middle, but this was not a planned shot- just one of those quick grabs that you do from time to time - and it wasn’t until I reviewed this on the computer that I realised that it had the potential to make an interesting ‘daily life’ shot.

PP involved cropping hard left and right, and a little at the top and bottom, minor adjustments to levels and saturation, USM and playing with curves to remove some hues that were there because of shooting through a windscreen.

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