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Friday, April 6, 2007

A couple of recent shots

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

I think this may be my favorite shot of the lighthouse on Sandy Hook so far. As the fresnel lens was rotating, the sun would hit it just right when it hit a certain angle, so it looks like the light is radiating from the lighthouse here. The clouds conspired to kinda sorta look like they're all radiating from the lighthouse too. I shot this a couple of weeks ago with the Holga and developed it last night.

I'm glad I learned how to develop black and white film; I've been having a lot of fun with it lately. I brought the Holga and Diana with me when Laura and I went to see the elephants enter Manhattan last week. I got one shot where you can kinda sorta see one of the elephants as it turns the corner having just come out of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel at about 12:30 in the morning.

A Ringling Brothers elephant on 34th street in the middle of the night


Posted at 1:52 PM


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That lighthouse pic looks like it should be on a coin. Why are the elephants transparent? You don't mention using double exposure. Is that a partial reflection in a window, or is that just one crazy result from using whacked out cameras?

Posted by lilbro at 3:09 PM, April 6, 2007 [Link]

The elephant shot is part of a long series of overlapping shots. I shot that way because I couldn't see the numbers on the film in the dark, so I just wound the film a bit and shot again and figured that maybe something interesting might happen. So there's an element of double exposure there. But the other thing is that shooting with 400 speed film at 12:30 in the morning, I needed exposures of 2-3 seconds or thereabouts. So the elephants in general weren't terribly clearly defined on the film. This was definitely the clearest one. I think this one was an exception by piggybacking off of someone else's flash. So there's two or three seconds of blurry background and a tiny fraction of a second of someone else's flash to give the elephant some definition. I think it's an interesting effect. Ghost elephant.

Posted by ralph at 3:36 PM, April 6, 2007 [Link]

The Lighthouse photo is extraordinary. What time of day was that?

Posted by BarbraAnn at 8:31 PM, April 6, 2007 [Link]

Late afternoon, probably around 5:30pm or thereabouts. I left the park right around six that day.

Posted by ralph at 8:34 PM, April 6, 2007 [Link]


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