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Underneath the Manhattan Beach Pier, part II

Remember my popular image underneath the pier??

 

Well, this is what I took later on. I was a little farther back, which is really too bad because you can't see as well the way that the water is misty and earily flat.

 

The only light here is the sodium vapor lights and the moon. The colors are exactly the colors that appeared on the slide. I like the crisscorssing partial-shadows on the ground, the yellow-and-black of the sand, and everything.

 

This is on Velvia 100. Pinhole told me that Velvia is a horible long-exposure slide film. The thing is, I've discovered that I like daylight balancing at night, where the sodium vapor shows its true golden nature. Velvia 100 has incredibly good reciprocity behaviour, more or less the same as Provia 100F. I have a number of night shots taken on it and I really like how they look. The fact that exposure must be right on with Velvia 100 doesn't really bother me much, because metering exposure on the a95 is about as strict.

 

Which is really not to say that Pinhole is wrong, more that after gathering an understanding of the situation, the properties of film, and why everybody says that Velvia is awful for night, I find that, at least for me, I can safely ignore the advice.

 

I basicly metered this by taking a ISO 400 exposure on the a95 and extrapolated from there. It's about 9 or 10 minutes at somewhere between f/5.6 and f/8... I wasn't keeping too good of records on this roll. As all of my slide shots, pretty much, were shot, this was done on my old mechanical film SLR and a 50mm lens.

 

The nice thing is that I can blow this one up much bigger than a picture taken on the a95. I printed out a 16x20 and it's absolutely stunning.

 

Oh yes, and because it takes so long for each exposure, I only took one shot from this angle -- no bracketing!

 

I'm showing this right now.

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Uploaded on December 2, 2005