Jun 12, 2009

Long Exposure: Urban Nightscapes

i am of two minds
one wants to play it safe
so it removes all my credits cards from my wallet
before i go out shooting after dark
leaves the cash
so if i get mugged i'll have something to give the guy

my neighbors walk by while i'm taking pictures
the girls love to talk
but go mute just before they turn down the drive
next to where i'm shooting

this is my process:
extend the tripod legs
screw the camera on top
drop the passenger seat and lay the gadget on it
leave the driver and passenger doors unlocked while shooting
so i can make a quick getaway if trouble starts
likewise, the contraption pops right out of the car
if i'm driving along and spot something good

like a pachyderm perched above a parking lot
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the other mind loves Love
craves truth
gets the first mind to read Fear No Evil by Eva Pierrakos
rests
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dig this wild coincidence:
this morning Evan sent me this link
to an amazing TED lecture
that wraps up this two-mind idea
click here

10 comments:

ArtSparker said...

How wonderful, the nighttime elephant, and the golden light (halogen?) in the first shot, as if we lived here in Heaven.

Laurie Cannon said...

Yeah, they were all shot in available, artificial light.
There was always a street or parking lot lamp light available. Which tinted everything gold.

Chris David Richards said...
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Chris David Richards said...

The colours make the places look almost fantastical.

Does artificial light create artificial shadows, or just...shadows? I don't know.

Laurie Cannon said...

Yes. Artificial light is the sun of night
and fortunately for photographers
creates real (!) shadows

ama said...

The elephant photo is simply grand! I love itloveitlove it!!!!

The underpass is mysterious, that golden curvy thing a metaphor for speeding traffic. The sky outside is so pale, not looking at all like night.
love,
ama

ama said...

I didn't look closely enough to see that the "golden curvy thing" is a car!

And..the sun of night...what a fine metaphor.

love,
ama

Unnecessary J said...

wonderful post. i love your descriptions. and the long exposure makes everything look like its glowing. fantastic! :]

-J

boxof said...

lovely lovely lovely
the mood is SO nice.
I feel like i'm there, or you're there.
well, one of us was there, it was probably you, but i still feel like i was, and that's down to how wonderful these are.
[word verification 'platick']

Laurie Cannon said...

Thaaaanks.
Went out again the following night,
put my feet up, so to speak.
Night's more fun than day.
The surprise factor of shooting in the dark.
Never know what you'll get.