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The calmness of blue

An image from my first roll of film through my Zero Image 2000. I think this was a 15 minute exposure onto Portra 400VC.


Even though the sunset didn't come to anything that night, which was a wee bit disappointing, I do like the sense of encroaching blueness of the night sky, and it's reflection in the water. The cast it makes on the white boats in the fore and middle ground is lovely.


This was quite a choppy evening, as it happens. I've noticed that quite a wind picks up over the river as darkness falls on warmer summer days. I am pretty sure that my tripod wiggles around a bit under these conditions, even with a camera bag dangling from it. This must impart some degree of softness to the image. The subtlest little bit of Photoshop tomfoolery cured that.


The wonderful thing about a low-light pinhole exposure, of course, is that it's duration does a wonderful job of averaging out waves and ripples, and the net result are those lovely reflections on the satin-like water.


My favourite aspect of this image, though, is it's incredible sense of depth. For me, it almost seems three dimensional. I'm wondering if this is a function of the leading lines and the way the sky gradually lightens towards the horizon.


Not an earth-shattering shot, by any means, but for me it has many interesting dimensions.

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Taken on May 31, 2009