Tree Triptych

2013-HF-02 (10)

Another half-frame photograph from the Olympus Pen. See yesterday’s shot, including the comments, for some of the thinking behind this approach.

This is a single scan of adjacent frames on the negative.

 Andy, I took your suggestion from another of my photos and flipped this one – it works better  in this direction.

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Olympus Pen, half-frame camera, ca 1961. Ilford Pan F Plus, ISO50, 1/50th, f16.

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9 thoughts on “Tree Triptych

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  2. The use of triptych is so classic that when I came across this post on my phone checking Twitter, “Art” was the first word that popped into my mind. Meanwhile you answered a question I popped in the “Then there were three” post: Sunny 16.

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    • Thank you Joseph, that is a very gratifying comment. I don’t aspire to art, just to take interesting photographs. i know some artists – the intellectual effort that goes into their work is not what I am doing or even capable of in my circumstances. Even so, if you have found this interesting and art, then I am very pleased.

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  3. This is a very interesting series that you’ve got going here. I like this one quite a bit, especially the progression from a complete person, to a half-person, to no person. I like the exposure, too – I have a fondness for photos that tend toward the darker side of the scale.

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    • Thanks Melinda! I was pleased with how it came out, and the exposure too. I wish I could remember exactly what I did on that front – but that would mean pencil and paper to add to the vintage film experience. Seems too retro even for an old dog.

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  4. It seems like you’re getting the hang of the triptych with the Pen. I think the hardest part might be visualizing the finished product before you take the first shot. That’s where this shines.

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    • Thanks Ken. The visualising part is the hardest bit, and there is some accidents in this sequence which kind of evolved during the making.
      I was out for lunch and saw this shadow, so I stopped and took a picture of it without anyone in it. Then I walked around for while, took some other pics but this shadow kept on popping up in my thoughts. So I went back to it.

      I took another shot without anyone which is the shot to the right. But while waiting for people to pass, admired their shadows, and so I decided to add one with a shadow but I really wanted one with just a person’s shadow. Everyone was walking too close to the wall, so I though maybe take the picture just as a person walks out of frame. But I am getting more in frame than I thought, and so that is the middle picture, with someone popping out of the frame, which I was not aiming for, but thought might happen. The left most shot I added as a more balanced composition on its own, hoping it might work, but also aiming for a single frame because I really liked the effect.
      When I looked at the negatives I realised this one was going to work a lot better if I flipped it, which is why it goes from right to left when the film loads from left to right. But that too is a cool lesson, to keep in mind the possibilities of flipping these shots as it could make a difference in taking them in the first place.

      The exposure worked out very well, but I think a bit lucky. I used the Sunny 16 rule, but this was one of the shortest days of the year and likely there was 1 stop or so less light for a sunny day, which ended up just right for emphasizing the shadows without losing too much in the rest of it. Also, there must have been a bit of moving cloud, or my shutter is a bit unreliable, because the first shot seems like it might be about 1 stop different – I don’t recall adjusting the exposure mid sequence.

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