May 6, 2010

I took this photo of the Hotel du Louvre during a trip to Paris in 1993.  I carefully propped  my camera against a hand-railing  to steady it during the slow exposure of 1/4 second.  As I took my first frame, a bus drove past. I cursed my luck and took the photograph again. (This was pre-digital, and I was poor enough that every frame of transparency film that I shot was expensive.)  Anyway, I cursed my luck, thinking the bus would spoil the image I was after. However, when I saw the results, the ‘accident’ looked far better than the intended shot.

This favorite photo of mine, is this week’s entry for the Alive for 365 project.

[ Pentax Z-1; Pentax-FA 28-80mm f3.5-4.7 / Fujichrome RD 100 ]
[ Paris, France / April ’93 ]


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1 Thomas May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

As Bob Ross always said: “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” Very nice photograph. I wonder if the print could approximately show these luminous colors…


2 Paul Keith Dickinson May 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Nice interesting shot as always.Do you have any shots of the Hillbrow area in the 1970-80’s.I got all my slides stolen from a friend car the night before I left Johannesburg in the 1980’s.I had some really nice shots of the Joburg skyline from the Hillbrow Tower.Maybe a little nostalgia on my part as I enter my sixties.Paul


3 Neil vN May 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

Paul, I have some cross-processed images of the Hillbrow skyline, but nothing particularly exciting. As I scan my archive images over time, they might surface. :)

Neil vN


4 pasquier May 10, 2010 at 6:05 am

Very nice photo, Neil.
I always loved the deep saturated blues that Fuji gave…. it was really special.


5 Derryl May 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

1/4 sec sounds too low for that long streak of bus light…hmm..maybe its not…nevertheless….wonderful shot!


6 Neil vN May 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

And perhaps it was 1/4 second. You will just have to trust me on this one, and the notes I took at the time.

Nevertheless, thank you.

Neil vN


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