Jan 092012
 

This is an image I made yesterday, shortly after midnight. I used the Nikon 50/1.2 in an Underground station, not in the dimmest of candle lights, but definitely in what we generally consider “available light”.

Well, the image was taken at 1/200 s and ISO 200. Amazing, huh? A little later, having left the Underground and emerging on a nightly street lit by sodium vapor lights, I took another image at ISO 200 and 1/8s. It’s nothing to show here, but I had to stop down – in light that normally allows for ISO 1600 only.

Immediately after I took the image that you see here, a man dashed at me and, with American accent, agitatedly required to know what I was doing and why. “I’m taking photographs”, I said. He wanted to see, I showed them, and when he found nothing suspicious, he began to calm down.

He said he had thought I worked with the police and took images to collect evidence. I said “No, I consider myself an artist”, and so we began talking and exchanging conspiracy theories. He didn’t seem to fully trust me though, because when I asked where he came from, he only said “From everywhere”, and that I had a Russian accent (funny, but what do I know?) and probably two passports. That’s where I had to leave the train 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Solitude” from “The Great Summit” by Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Incredible music, but hear for yourself on YouTube.

  5 Responses to “1910 – Solitude”

  1. Hei vaan…
    Katselin kuviasi mielenkiinnolla.
    Korketasoisia ja aiheeltaan mielenkiintoisia.
    Tekniikka on hallussasi – näkemykset sommitteluineen kohdallaan
    Talvisin ja lumisin Terveisin Eko
    Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

    EDIT:

    Automatic translation from Finnish is

    Hello there …
    I looked forward to your pictures.
    Permanently high quality and topic of interest.
    The technology is under your control – the views of composition in place
    During the winter, and lumisin Greetings Eco
    Finland / Lapland / Kuusamo

  2. Quite a feat, indeed, especially handling the color balance, it is a challenge. You nailed it here.

  3. You get all kinds in the middle of the night…

    Really nice catch!

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