Lamp’s Eye View


Once again, comments on an earlier post about this topic have resulted in a post title. These barbecues, or grilles as I suspect they are locally called, were lined up and waiting to be shared, as can be seen in the other shots from this Friday Harbor series.

This cabin looked unoccupied, and the door was not locked, so I went to see the lamp’s view for myself. I was worried it might be indignant at being moved aside for one of these shots, but there was not a flicker of objection, and I did return it to its station quickly.

I chose an HDR treatment to get a balance between the inside and outside, but also to show the varnished plywood which used to be the finish in all rooms inside these cottages – now mostly painted over. I have childhood memories of these walls, seeing them in the middle of the night, being surrounded by them for months on end each year. I am glad some of them are still in their original state.




Edit: I lost the opening paragraph somehow, so have replaced it.

Canon 5Dii, Nikkor-N 24/2.8 lens, ISO640 (bottom images) ISO2000 (top image), +/- 2.0 E.V.


11 thoughts on “Lamp’s Eye View

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  3. I like the way the interior mixes with the exterior in the third shot, that works really well. The Sierra sticker is a great addition too. The interior should feel bare with walls like that, but actually they fit in so well, perhaps because they have echoes in the huts nearby and because the wood is mellow. This was a lovely find.


    • Hi Andy, I am glad you like that reflection shot. I have a couple more that are coming up soon and which have a very nice effect of blending the inside and outside. One of them in particular works very well. No Sierra Club sticker in those ones though.
      I am going to do a post about the interiors of these cabins soon as well. They are so much a part of my childhood and it is nice to have got some photos that preserve some of the memories, like the wood grain surroundings.


  4. Aha! So Lamp WAS spying on the Grille Commune. But it looks as though Grille on Left is onto the scheme, and is passing the word.

    Those plywood walls are very nice, and I am glad you were able to show their detail. And I like knowing your childhood memories of the walls; it adds a lot to the photographs.


    • The detail in the plywood does show well, but has too much black – it is hard to get the balance right in HDR, and this served most of my purposes, but is not quite there. One noteable thing about this plywood is that there are none of those lenticular plugs where knots have been replaced – the wood must have been peeled from old growth main stem Douglas Fir.


  5. This cabin must be on a hill as it seems to look down on the others. I’m glad that lamp is keeping an eye on those grills out there but I suspect there is one trying to sneak up on it.
    I also love the unpainted walls!
    sidenote: I have that “SIERRA CLUB” logo on a tee shirt!!!


    • Hi Ken, the cabin is on a bit of a slope, most of them are as there is a pretty steady rise up from the ocean into the forest behind. I think you are right about the sneaking grill – that loner was beside the cabin and could well be heading for the back door, which is level with the ground and thus has no stairs, which wheeled grills find difficult.
      The Sierra Club logo struck me as quite old – it looked as if it has been fading in this location for at least a decade.


    • Hi Spencer. And thanks for that link – I was not a TV watcher when I spent time in the UK in 77 and then lived there from 86-90, so I never saw this ad. But it is perfect, and does capture some of what I find interesting/amusing about these BBQs.


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