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You have got to love these escalators. I can just picture a group of women in peach-colored flapper dresses coming down from the mezzanine for an evening cocktail at the Ship Tavern.
I took this photo late at night when the escalators had been turned off. With a tripod mounted Nikon and wide angle lens I shot it in two sections and with each section bracketed up and down by two stops. Then I exposure blended and stitched the images together. The result is a rich tapestry of color, pattern, and luminous reflection.
A few chocolate ornamental balls fastened to what remains of the branches of a potted plant reminded me of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree. Taken in front of a backdrop of flattened and glued tin foil with the reflected evening rays of light peering through the blinds, it is a perfect representation of tinsel and kitsch gone awry. “Good Grief.”
The days are long during the summer months in Scotland. And the evening shadows seem to creep up the buildings at a painstakingly slow pace. This gives ample time to watch as one city — a city of shadows — slowly consumes the scrubbed gray limestone buildings of the other. Affectionately known as Auld Reekie, Edinburgh was once the color of cinder when black soot billowed from every smokestack in town.
Shot through the shutters with my Nikon d80 24mm Nikkor lens at ISO 100 f8 1/160 RAW.
Emerging like a thin, perforated wafer standing on edge is New York City’s Flatiron Building. Pushing past the cluster of signs and boxes and bustle it stands as clear and iconic as the day it was built.
This is a composite of 16 digital images merged together to create a quasi-fish eye effect and then flattened to a slightly surreal perspective.
At the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver a pair of escalators slide straight out of the 1920’s. With bulging, lighted panels lining the inside, they come out of the past to whisk you away to another era.
I did all my light readings for this with my Nikon and then set my Holga up on a tripod. The exposure was around 4 seconds. Since the shutter is a manually activated lever, I had to make sure my hand was steady during the duration.
At the Collected Works book store in Santa Fe, New Mexico there is a rack of elk antlers mounted on the wall. Lit from the side, the shadows streak down the wall like spindly veins under the surface of a thinning skin.
I took this with my Holga shooting 120 Tri-X film. I got the exposure reading from my Nikon digital and then I held my breath, formed a mental tripod with my body, hand-held the shot, and prayed. The negative turned out to be a little thin but with the magic of Photoshop I was able to bump up the contrast. The result is a bit eerie and spider-like.
Elvis Prestley’s memorial marker. Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, 38116.