391 – A Dark Way Leads To My House

Sometimes it is not post-processing what takes the time, no, it’s finding a Song of the Day. I searched my collection for the keywords “dark”, “fear”, “shake” and many more, and then I remembered a CD that could fit, an album mostly in German language called “Nachtmahr” (nightmare) by Meret Becker, and searching for Meret Becker on YouTube I found her incredibly beautiful “Stella Maris“, a duet with Blixa Bargeld of “Einstürzende Neubauten” (and up to 2003 “The Bad Seeds”), and so I ended up ordering five “Einstürzende Neubauten” CDs via Amazon. And still no Song of the Day. Oh well!

Returning to my collection I finally found it: “Dark Road” from Annie Lennox’ new album “Songs of Mass Destruction“. It seems to be the hit single on the album (I can’t tell, I don’t hear radio), because Amazon features the video. Alternatively you can see it on YouTube. It’s Annie at her best.

So now, what’s it with this image, you ask? Oh, I say, it’s not one, it’s two 🙂

When I went home today at 7pm it was completely dark, there was a demonstration for human rights on the streets, lots of police, and it took me some time to get into a creative mood. I took some images, mostly of shop windows, graffiti, etc, all very dark, and then I came by this house entrance (some house, not mine actually). It was extremely dark and, using the Sigma 10-20 at f5.6 and ISO 1600, I ended up with shutter speeds at 3.6 seconds. I can tell you, that’s not easy to hold 🙂

I took two shots, both deliberately shaken, one more so, one less, and later in Photoshop I combined the two exposures. Interesting, how much color a camera records, even when the naked eye fails to see it any more. But that’s how eyes work, and that’s one reason why I love night photography.

2 thoughts on “391 – A Dark Way Leads To My House”

  1. I wouldn’t even have tried to hold 3.6 sec… But obviously it is worth a try.

    You managed to even have the light pattern on the walls point to the visual centre of the photo, the “light at the end of the tunnel”. Impressive.

  2. Yeah, the music search can be very time consuming but it’s also fun and has become part of the whole creative process for me. And for that I owe you a big thank you for giving me the idea in the first place.
    The Annie Lennox lyrics are a perfect fit for this image. Just for fun I did a search of my own library and came up with R.L. Burnside’s Shake’em On Down which is on A Ass Pocket of Whiskey. I would love to hear the story behind that one.
    Oh, and the image is pretty cool too.

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