Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Moonset in Yorktown


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - about 5 minutes
Aperture Setting - f-22 Manual Mode
Hyperfocal focus
Lens - Sigma 24mm
Cokin Filters -- Grey ND8 and Grad ND2
Tripped the shutter with the remote and then sat in the warm van
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Truth is I had no idea what to expect when I shot this scene. The moon was setting in about thirty minutes and the clouds were moving in fast. I parked my van under the Coleman Bridge on the Yorktown side of the river and set this shot up facing east. I couldn’t see anything, it was so dark. -- too dark for auto focus or manual focus, for that matter. So I used hyperfocal focusing and took two exposures. The first one was at 30 seconds and this one at around five minutes. After I tripped the shutter I walked back to my van and sat there for awhile. Obviously the lights in the sky are from the moon and the moving clouds, and the lights on the water must have come from the bridge above it all. I love how the colors from those lights came out on the film after the long exposure. I learned a lot from this shot.

Now about this location, this pier and breaker wall were newly added this past summer and this area is actually the private property of the restaurant or something in front of it. But it was 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning, so I figured I wasn’t interfering with their business any. The improvements along the riverfront in Yorktown are coming along nicely, and I would imagine all work will be completed by spring; just in time for the area’s huge Jamestown Settlement Anniversary Celebration that has already started and will peak starting in late spring and running through most of the summer.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

I'm a fan of the 'warm van' school of photography. You just don't get these beautiful results any other way (although the 'hipflask of whiskey' school comes close)

9:35 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Awesome shot, Micki ! Definitely one of your best.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

What an awesome photo! I love the colors!

a real wow for not knowing what to expect! ;-)

10:15 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Beuatiful shot Micki....I just love the mood and the glow...fab. Phil

10:16 AM  
Anonymous angie said...

micki, this is lovely. wow - five minutes. fantastic outcome. hope to see more of these types of shots from you!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

WOW!!!! Stunning photo!!!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous rea said...

beautiful surreal image..

10:41 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

Beautiful color scheme! Playing with film reciprocity can produce some very colorful shots. Your efforts certainly show in your work.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The mystery of taking a shot like this certainly paid off nicely here.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Your exposure worked out very well. I really like the mood the picture creates. Wonderful colors too. Very well done.

11:12 AM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

this is so incredibly beautiful, rich and mysterious ... gorgeous!!

11:16 AM  
Blogger WJWilson said...

Thanks for the comment. Like your site and looking forward to visiting.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous jptrad said...

What a fantastic shot!
Great colors...
I love one!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful shot, Micki. These colors are great.

12:27 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

colours are completely wack...loving this one...

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, very nice! Now you're stepping into another realm of amazing possibilities with your camera.
I can only imagine how our forefathers must have contemplated the nights in this beautiful and historical setting.


12:48 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Fabulous surreal shot. I love the colors that came out.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Wow. That is amazing!

1:14 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

You are a very patient artist. The wait was well worth the effort. Beautiful colors.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Very cool, I love long exposure night shots.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Somehow, I managed to read your narrative and the comments before I looked at the pic but it still did not prepare me for the experience! Wonderful exposure and the five minutes has rushed the sky and smoothed the water to perfection. And, yes, a lotta learning comes from this kinda work. Well done, Micki.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

By its composition, it is almost an abstract!Wonderful colors.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

wow..5 mins s/s ..lovely moonlight , awesome colors and reflection...one of yr best shot:-)

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Wow, wow, wow, you stepped it up a notch. The Subster bows at your feet.


4:15 PM  
Anonymous Ron: Threeflavours.ca said...

Oh wow!! What a wild shot! I'd LOVE to see more of these! With you being near the water, you have unlimited choices! If you really wanna have some fun, leave off the filters and do the 5 minutes!! Night Photography is so fun, and I have to say that I am guilty of the warm car shots as well!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

Very nice pic, greatly done

5:24 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Wow Micki. I looked at this image and sat with my chin on the floor for a minute or two. Just beautiful. Question: What is hyperfocal focusing?

6:26 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Ha, Cokin filters!!! YAY! Gotta love filters. Yo, wait? Five minutes??? But then again, yup that would/shuld work with a Superia 100.

How do you do that? You always remind me of things I really want to do some day - like 'van school photography'...

It's really fascinating to see how the colours came out with the long exposure. Just let me repay the wow: WOW!

7:10 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

So nice to see a long exposure like this on film rather than digital - the interplay between light in the sky and reflected light on the water is beautifully fascinating...

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Craig Persel said...

Well done.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Ferdz said...

It's amazing you still use film. But the output is great. I love the warm colors here. Great shot!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Lovely shot, Micki. Way to go on the focusing 'guess'. :-)

9:35 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

What an awesome photo! That sky..the red so dramatic! I can see the clouds moving!

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Shazeen Samad said...

Great long exposure shot,,,

12:25 AM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

Stunning scene, the light is superb and the colors really pop.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Excellent!! very beautiful shot good mood Micki :)

2:03 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Awesome photo Micki!

4:28 AM  
Blogger Warren said...

Outstanding. I'm diggin' the concept of 'warm van' photography...now to find a van...Can't wait to see more.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Ries said...

Awesome shot Micki! What a great colours in this one.
Well composed.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is a beautiful, powerful shot. The colours and composition here are so dramatic. Great shot!

7:19 AM  
Anonymous david said...

wonderful shot Micki, one of my favourite of yours i'd say!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Tony said...


not much can be said!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

oh micki, this si SO beautiful!

9:10 AM  

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