l We Apologise For The Inconvenience: Dipping in...

October 15, 2005

Dipping in...

OK, so haven't been very good on keeping up with the daily shot and have dipped quite far into the red. To address that, time to dip into the past reserves of shots taken in pre-digital times. For one, they are just as interesting and second, give me some time to start up again as this month has been busy.

This was taken one-handed. Saw a bee in a magnolia flower overhead, reached up for the branch with left hand, brought it down, switched on camera meter, set the shutter speed, aperture and focus all with the right hand while holding it, and snapped it. All that done on a manual/mechanical camera! I was proud of this for a long time, still am.

Tunnel under a street linking two sides of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. First wanted to get just the tunnel without any pedestrians, but there were lots of them and this seemed compositionally the best along with the least blurry: a bit tilted, had to brace camera against the side wall with a wide-angle lens and hand hold a 2 second exposure. Also proud of this one :)

And to cap the post, another one that worked out rather well. Family was going to visit relatives, I was ready early and decided to walk down the street and see what could be done given the very nice light and rich colours. Cropped to square format, that's the waxing quarter moon you see there, hyperfocal method used at f/8 on a wide angle lens.

Unfurling curls of a cycad just starting out, macro lens.

Underside of a back-lit fern leaf inside a geodesic dome, campus botanical garden. Wide-angle lens, wide open, minimum focus distance. Shot kneeling down, looking straight up. Pleased to have gotten it level and square under the circumstances.

Inspiration struck late at night transitting between flight at relative's house. Almost everyone was asleep. Camera on tripod, focussed on vase/flowers, stopped down enough to get rest of room within depth of field, self timer tripped 2 second exposure. After starting the timer, crawed under the table (barely visible here), held the flash-head flush against the bottom of the table's glass, right under the crystal vase and glass flowers. Upon hearing the first shutter curtain open, manually discharged the flash at full power. Spill light through the centre of the vase bounced off the ceiling and lit the room nicely.


Anonymous Ryan McLean said...

While the challenges that were overcome to take the first photo are great, the second photo is very surreal and looks more like a still from the original TRON and an untouched, analogue photo. Very cool.

October 16, 2005 at 12:24 AM  

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