Monday, September 15, 2014

Late Night Discoveries

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Post-Script: I always find myself immediately inspired to create something anew when confronted with creative visual stimulation, be it some experimental film or, in this case, my own past photographic work.

As a technical note, these images from last night hold up rather well, noise-wise, for having been created at ISO1600. It helps, of course, to have at hand an optically fast lens like the Lumix 20mm. And also, these narrow depth-of-focus images seem to require a bit of grit, noise-wise, to anchor one's eye. I'm not in that camp of ultra-high-ISO, noise-free photography, made possible only in recent years with the advent of newer sensor technology. I know enough about the medium - as informed by such writings as Sontag's "On Photography" - to know that the photograph and the thing being photographed are not the same thing. While we can suspend our disbelief momentarily so as to catch a faint glimpse of some recognizable reality in such images, they are intrinsically an abstraction; hence technical imperfections such as "noise" are nothing more than the artist's brush strokes, reminding us that, even with photo-realism, it's still a photo, and not the real thing.

I like the way that the camera's auto-white balance renders the warm tones of indoor illumination, a mix of compact florescent and incandescent. And the square-format fits these kinds of compositions nicely.

Typecast via Corona 4.

Bonus Images: Gallery of Late Night Discovery P1080822a
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2 Comments:

Blogger Richard P said...

These are interesting, a bit spooky.

1:11 PM  
Blogger TonysVision said...

I like the way you have moved in close so that the shapes are more important than the identity of the objects. You are also convincing me that it may be time to upgrade my G2.

10:12 PM  

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