Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Gloucester Point Beach Before Dawn

36 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Hey all you film shooters!! (Any of you still out there?) Kodak’s giving away free film. Four free rolls of their new Portra, which I’ve heard great things about. I ordered mine. You can get it in 120 or 135, but I don’t know which speed they’ll send out. Limit one batch per household.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 30 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 16mm fisheye lens
Self Timer Manual Focus
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

I took this image about 5 or 10 minutes before start of twilight one chilly and breezy Saturday morning last month. I was lucky enough to get a few clouds along the horizon. The pier behind me is lined with a numerous amount of bright fluorescent lights all down the length of it and then across the width at the end. It’s great for the fisherman who want to keep their lines in the water all night, but it sure ruins any sunrise shots for the photographers. So, I thought I’d use the obnoxious lights to my advantage. I got down right along the pier and let the shadow cast by their light into my picture. I really like the green glow from these lights, I think it adds something to what would’ve been a dark and bare foreground, as the beach is lacking in large rocks or driftwood. I have another version I’ll post later that has a more traditional fisheye curve to it.

Thanks to my daughters for “cleaning up” this image for me. I was bemoaning the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to post this shot. As it is, it scanned in with a lot of noise. I used a slow film, and my print is grain free, but not my scan. On top of that, there was my trademark scan line that shows up in all of my images to one degree or another (especially the dark images), not to mention all the dust. Well, the girls have the week off from school work, so they took the time to work on my image and cleaned up the dust in the sky and the line on the beach with some tools on my scrapbooking software that I never use, but they love to play around with. Now I can post my picture today, which happens to be Gloucester Point Beach. It’s the location for the annual Fourth of July celebration. The pier had to be rebuilt after hurricane Isabel. In addition, they added a gazebo, more parking, another landing to launch your boat out into the River and some historical info markers. It looks great down there, and is right next to the, Virginia Institute of Marine Science a branch of the College of William & Mary. That’s some of it on the left. The oil refinery (that’s across the bridge in Yorktown) on the right had a huge fire two weeks ago. The smoke from which could be seen all down the coastline of the lower peninsula towards Newport News and Norfolk.

9:19 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

love that curving shadow....8.25/10

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Sidak said...

im with samarth, i love the curving shadow.

i really like your style, and great capture!!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The clouds are very pretty with the different shades of blue and pink.

10:13 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Film shooter ---> me, not so much recently, because there's a real lack of money, but there are still a few out there :-)

Now as for your recent photograph:

I really think you outdid yourself with this one. See, not only is the eye being led through the entire photograph, the light is also very stunning. Send me an invite when you're showing?

10:21 AM  
Blogger Don said...

The low viewpoint workecd out very well. I really like the green glow in the foreground. An appealing shot for sure!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i love the deep green and that curving shadow: ticks all my boxes!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Awesome shot Micki!

11:39 AM  
Blogger MBrown said...

This is "funky cool" in the way that the composition comes together and its overall flow.

I like it!

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

A little while magician, very beautiful the illumination. Greetings!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Great shot. I love those type of shots. Great!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful shot, Micki. Love the colors.

Thanks for the link. I can always use some more 120 film. :-)

1:40 PM  
Anonymous jackieinvermont said...

Nice use of light and shadow.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Nice! Love the colour variations in this shot.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous kurt said...

very interesting perspective. and i like the colors a lot.

3:43 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Love the curvature of this image Micki. The shallow nature of the foreground water is also very expressive in contrasting colour and illuminated light.

4:16 PM  
Blogger fotojo said...

Yay for grabbing the obnoxious lights and creating something unusually beautiful.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

This is just to cool! I love the colors, the lines the shadows all of it! ;-)

5:38 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

The colours of this one are soft and lovely Micki, particularly the green foreground crossed by the black curved shadows. Lovely.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

Great picture, but you broke my heart on that Kodak thing.. I filled out the whole form up until it asked me for State.. And then I read, Offer Good In US Only..

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Beautiful color and framing. Wonderful photography!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Very nice image...

10:52 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

amazing colors..the curve green light is fantastic..great capture:-)) btw thanks for link for free film:-))

11:16 PM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

a very cool effect, I really like this!

11:58 PM  
Blogger H.O said...

I love that color and thank you nice information :-)

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Beautiful colors and shapes. Thanks for the link to the film deal -- there are still some of us that use it.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Reflex said...

Excellent shot I like the colrs very much :)

2:36 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Lovely colors and the curve is too good !

3:45 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

Wonderful light.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

I like the curve in the image, the purple horizon it also cool, shame about all the noise in the shot though.

Suby

6:25 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

This has proved to be an ideal shot for the 16mm and the curve has worked real well. Top marks for taking the chance with this almost impossible capture and realizing that the adversities were a 30-second asset!

6:52 AM  
Blogger MOEVIEW said...

Amazing shot, the colour of that water is breathtaking.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'm with Ron. I too filled out the whole form and was bummed it was only for the U.S. Love the shadow and color in this shot.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Diane - Daily Walks said...

Micki, I can see why you received so many comments on this one. The lighting, colors and perspective is exquisite!

8:49 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Great shot MIcki...beautiful colours at a great time of day. Love it. Phil

1:15 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great use of the pier lights - love all the little starburst lights in the distance - the cool ambience ties it all together.

7:56 AM  

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