Sunday, October 08, 2006

That silver shell

Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.

- Oscar Wilde

Thus I present this portrait of the moonlit night off the beach of Evanston without comment.

Taken with a 35mm-70mm zoom lens set at about 50mm, 2-stop graduated neutral density filter. 300 seconds at f22, 100 ISO film. Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.

8 comments:

V. Schroeder said...

Exquisite

otilius said...

nice job, great series...

Marion said...

Thank you.

Asmundur said...

Beautiful colors!

Cedar said...

James - when you see the finished product for the first time, do you gasp at the beauty? Or do you already know what it looks like before you have it developed?

James said...

v., otilius and asmundr, thank you!

marion, you're welcome!

Cedar, I've done enough daytime photography to where I have a good idea what is going to show up in a print or on screen. These night shots were firsts for me, really. I knew what was possible and I hoped that the exposures I worked out would be reasonably close. So I was quite pleased when these came back from the photofinisher. A good sign was when the photo technician handed me my order and said that these were the coolest pictured she'd ever processed.

RichM said...

Ah, you make the lake look so mysterious.

ron bilodeau said...

fantastic shot…it draws one in and provides a calming feeling that one could continue onward and walk on water.