Thursday, October 01, 2009

Wandering around the city

I went for a stroll in the city last night checking light levels in different areas and playing around. This pile is the Vaillancourt Fountain. I think this is the sculpture the Army Corp of Engineers tried to remove after the last big earthquake thinking it was debris. (Not unreasonably - the nearby Embarcadero Freeway was hammered and eventually totally removed. Nobody misses it - it only existed to hook up to something that never happened and really screwed up what is now a very nice waterfront area.) It's actually pretty cool when it's running as a fountain but I don't think I've ever seen it actually turned on - just in old pictures (As far as I can tell it's been off since 2001 when the costs to run it hit $250,000 per year). They nearly demolished it in 2004 but it was somehow saved. I think without the context of the freeway it's kind of pointless but at the same time maybe it's a reminder not to build damn ugly useless expensive city projects...

Anyway, I think it's pretty cool that with a modern camera you can do this kind of thing as a handheld shot. It's 1/50th f/1.8, ISO 1600. No IS - it's just Canon's cheap but optically quite nice 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Anyway, shooting's going fine. I have one more outdoor shoot and then a couple of weeks with no nudes unless two portrait folks pay their deposits (hint, hint) and then two studio shoots are scheduled towards the end of the month. I'm increasingly thinking I might just do 1-2 really specific shoots the rest of the year although there's always the possibility somebody stunning will appear.

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