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Old 08-21-2013, 11:26 AM   #81
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This reminds me of the opening sequence of John Carpenter's The Thing. Loved that movie.
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Anyone familiar with Florida's Gulf coast will recognize the structure known as "The Honeymoon Suite" off of Cedar Key. It's an abandoned stilt house that is gradually falling apart and is probably the most-photographed building in Florida. Google Earth is full of Panoramio flags around this location.

Abandoned stilt house, Cedar Key, August 2007 (had some nice clouds this day)



As I stated, it's getting a little more run down with every passing year. This shot is about five years after the one above:

Abandoned stilt house, Cedar Key, June 2012



This exposure was just over one minute long, a few minutes after sunset. The glow in the background is probably a natural gas vent on an oil rig way out in the Gulf of Mexico and it's invisible during daylight hours. The very long exposure time blurs the wave action and cloud movement, making moving objects very soft and dream-like, but the tripod-mounted camera captures fine details of stationary subjects like the rocks along the shore. (I've worked up several versions of this image and I can't decide how bright I want it to be in the final print. It was very dark when I captured it, but I can't make a nearly-black print, obviously. This is the best one so far, but I may decide to process a new version sometime in the future.)

Abandoned stilt house (long exposure), Cedar Key, June 2012
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Your photo's are consistently awe inspiring.

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I thank you, but I always tell people the secret to being a great photographer is to show people only the great photos. You don't get to see all the images I don't even bother to process because the exposure was too dark or too bright, or the focus was off, or I cut off someone's fingers with a bad composition, etc.
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I AM familiar with the process of getting extraordinary photo's. It's much like being an excellent carpenter. . . .you learn to cover your mistakes.

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A former co-worker was a previously a self-employed professional photographer, but when video started overtaking film, he took a full-time job with less pay and better (any?) health insurance.

Anyway, he told of teaching a photography class, maybe it was a community college or adult education class. Anyway, he said his introduction was not technical about shutter speeds, film speeds, and f-stops, but instead he told them:

"I'm going to teach you to see light."

I'm surprised at how many amateurs set up group poses for their phones, without even looking to see where the sun is coming from. I had a tiny bit of theater lighting experience, so even if using auto-exposure, at least I notice if my subject is in the shadows . . . .
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point well taken; guess I've seen some really good subjects with the wrong light. It does ruin an otherwise perfect moment.
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Last year someone on another forum I'm active on asked me to explain some things about photography in a dedicated thread. I started off with wording similar to that described above: "Photography isn't about camera control. It's about light control."

The camera is a tool used to control light. Studio strobes are tools used to control light. Sets and reflectors are used to control light. The decisions on what time of day to shoot outdoors, what side of a building to shoot on, and which direction to have your model facing are all designed to do one thing: Control the light.
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