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13 February 2008 @ 05:28 pm
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Harriet Island, Saint Paul, Minnesota at Night
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Harriet Island, Saint Paul, Minnesota at Night

Given my new resolve to experiment with out-of-focus and/or shaky images, I'm rather surprised at how much time I spent looking for things to rest or prop my camera upon to steady it. Ah well, some of the shots with movement are interesting, some without are too. I'll be posting more of them in the near future. Enjoy!

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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Skylarkerskylarker on February 14th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 14th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
retoonedretooned on February 14th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
That is quite pleasant!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 14th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Why, thank you, kind sir. I'm glad you like it.
kip_wkip_w on February 14th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Good one! I like this sort of picture. Some of mine are kind of similar in some ways. (The last one, in particular, is one of a number of photos taken on road trips. Something about coming home in the dark tends to remind me to mess with low-light pictures, especially since I'm usually riding shotgun.)
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 17th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Cool as heck!


You're right: it appears we're both barking up the same tree, or at least the same species of tree… I can see why you singled out caffeine road as being especially like this one of mine {unless I misunderstood you and you were simply mentioning the fact that riding in a car after dark causes you to think in those terms [I am, by the way, glad to see that your thoughts turn to getting out the camera and taking photos when you're riding shotgun more often than when you're driving (unless I misunderstood that part of your comment as well…)]}.

And I must thank you for posting those links—I found your photos very pleasant and interesting. I'm especially fond of BBrraaddiisshh. for Scraps is very nice as well, and is in a direction I have yet to experiment with but which I've definitely been thinking of exploring.

Good show, what.

kip_wkip_w on February 17th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool as heck!
I do take photos when I'm driving, but I don't have the luxury of peering through the viewfinder. I've cultivated the art of snapping without looking, and being philosophical about the ones that don't come out. More often, I take photos when I'm a passenger, because that is my normal assignment (Cathy feels sick when she's not driving, she says).

BBrraaddiisshh was a subject I liked a lot, a particularly neat signmaker's sign in Newport News. The one for Scraps was one of a series of pictures I took of snow falling in Mittineague Park where I was experimenting with panning downward to keep the snowflakes from disappearing when I clicked the shutter. After I'd taken a few normal ones, I started to get experimental, and that one was very much like some of the pictures baldanders was posting at the time.

I actually had some photos on exhibit this weekend at Boskone. gerisullivan had me over to Toad Woods to photograph jars of liquid with Peeps in them, and ten or twelve of my efforts were on display along with the Peeps themselves. She posted one of them on her LJ in the past week or so, with a link to maybe five more. It was a pleasant midday activity, munching salmon patties and salad and turning around to try different approaches.

I took some other photos that are kind of like the one at the head of this post, at a Harvest Festival in Chesapeake, Virginia. The combination of lights and water appealed to me, and the fuzzy reflections on the fairly sharp water surface gave a potentially interesting oil paint effect. Neither picture was 100% successful -- if I had it to do over, I'd focus in on the water and leave out the stuff on land.

ps: I like your photo best at the large size, where the grain shows in the water and the lines of the lights above become dotted. Fun!
Peter Hentges: loraxjbru on February 14th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
The previous two didn't grab me, but there's something about this one that I really like. (Not that they weren't fine photos, they were, just a combination of whatever goes on in my head didn't spark.)

I think this one has a rhythm that's intriguing.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 17th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Gotta love my friends...

You say you weren't moved by the two photos of a beautiful woman but really liked the photo of little circles of light? hmmmmmmm…

But, seriously, thanks.

I had yet to devote any serious thought to what it is I like and am responding to in that photo, and I think you're exactly right—rhythm is a key element. Very astute. I shall think more upon this.

Peter Hentgesjbru on February 18th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: Gotta love my friends...
I know! And beautiful women are usually one of my favorite things! Go figure.
Profgeek/John Purcellprofgeek on February 14th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Way cool surreal effect. I like it; however, it vaguely reminds of nights driving home after a Minn-stf music party.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 17th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)

You mean those nights when somebody should have taken your car keys away from you instead of letting you drive home? Or are you just thinking of the after-buzz generated by the evening's musical excitement…?

Anyway, glad you like it. Thanks!

wcolsher on February 18th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Yeah... that red bit is like when Nate or Reed or somebody would hit one of the odd-ball double-stop *POW* thingies and then the next verse would start....
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 18th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)

Indeed. Spot on. Etc.