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"La terrace" - The boardwalk (tirage argentique)
 

"La terrace" - The boardwalk (tirage argentique)


aplumpton
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Exposure Date: 2010:08:21 16:09:37;
Make: LEICA;
Model: D-LUX 3;
ExposureTime: 1/80 s;
FNumber: f/2.8;
ISOSpeedRatings: 400;
ExposureProgram: Normal program;
ExposureBiasValue: -33/100;
MeteringMode: CenterWeightedAverage;
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode;
FocalLength: 6.3 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Macintosh;


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Michael,

 

Thanks for your appreciation. It was a very warm day and a walk on the long boardwalk was quite popular. I have to admit I have (had, as the Kodak film is discontinued and I only have a few rolls of it left) a lot of trouble getting the exposure "on" for IR film, but enjoy black and white and also the IR effect for its slightly abstract qualities. It would have been interesting to capture the scene in colour, but the funicular railway booth in middle right would have predominated the other subjects in view of its very bright colours.  

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To me it's appealing, even in the tiny thumbnail size presented at the bottom of discussion forums, not so much for the IR effect as for the sense of moment.  There are older photos that seem appealing because of a sense of history I haven't personally experienced.  And there are photos that try too desperately to manufacture nostalgia (such as pseudo-faded and vignetted cell phone cam photos).  And then there are photos that seem to perfectly convey the sense of being in the moment.  For some reason I can't put my finger on, this photo does that.

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Lex, thank you. I was living in the old city part of Quebec then (late 80s) and liked to photograph the summer weekend walkers on the terrace beside the Chateau Frontenac hotel. I am glad that it appears natural as the few photos I took then (I ought to have done more, in an overall documentary sense) try to show the city life in that very laid back time. There is something untimely about infra red images and your comments have incited me to see if I can get a similar effect with the digital camera and perhaps spend some time photograping again in the city, aiming towards some form of visual essay result. 

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