Half Frame Freight


This is from the lookout along the Beacon Hill Park waterfront – a lookout I have previously photographed here. I saw the ship coming and thought it would be interesting to have it pass through my photo, ever so slowly, and in the rain. What I was not prepared for was the scalloped 3-D feel to this shot, as if the film is curled within each frame. I really like that effect.

It was a bit of a chilly wait for this ship especially as I could not move my feet as this sequence is hand-held and keeping my alignment was a bit tricky. You can see I concentrated on the framing at the expense of levelling the horizon. Really, a tripod would be a good idea, though the slightly wonky alignment is part of the process and part of the charm too, I guess. And a tripod certainly defeats the purpose of a pocket camera.

Obviously this is more from my series of half-frame photos from the Olympus Pen. This is not in the diptychtriptych or even the fliptych parts of the series. I suppose this is a pentaptych, but really to end this tych silliness I need a category for polyptych so that all of these can be found in one place if someone is interested. That one person that might come along every year with an arcane fascination with pictures broken into panels. More to the point, it would make linking to tags easier.



Olympus Pen, half-frame camera, Efke KB50, ISO50, 1/50th, ~f4.



2 thoughts on “Half Frame Freight

  1. Not to infringe on your process but I suppose you could also mane these “multitychs”, which would cover the entire project, although not as specific as a name for each. Feel free to use the term, I’ve not registered it (yet).

    I like this one. At first I thought that the film had some curvature in it, possibly due to the film not being held flat. I’ve never seen it before but if that were the case they you surely would have some focus problems, which you don’t appear to have. Perhaps barrel distortion?


    • Hi Ken. I think I like multitych better than polyptych and am going to change the tagging from polyptych to multitych to make it less like some kind of high falutin study of religious icons, which my work really is not.

      The curvature impression comes from a combination of things – the curving rail and concrete, the reflections that curve and the slight vignetting at the edges of each image, with some contribution also, I think, from the sloping horizon in most shots. In other words, it is an optical illusion. I don’t think barrel distortion is a big factor with this lens – some distortion as it is 28mm, but nothing out of the ordinary.


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