Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Utility Pole At Dusk With Moon

The parking lot behind our Grand Center studio provided this addition to my collection, presented here in the manner of a Polaroid transfer. I'm endlessly fascinated by these ubiquitous eye sores. Not sure why... perhaps it is because at casual glance they all look the same, rigid, regimented and uniformly ugly.  Upon closer inspection, however, far from being mass produced, each is intricately hand crafted for a variety of purposes. Somewhere out there, there must be a pole still standing that started life in 1844 holding telegraph wires, followed by lines for phone, electricity, cable TV and finally optical fiber.  At least, I like to think that.

Technical: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-f4, ISO 200, Auto WB, 70mm @ f/4.5 @ 1/30s, handheld. RAW file processed in Lightroom 2.6 to set Nikon Landscape camera calibration and remove the vignette (+36!) that with the 24-85mm is pronounced at wide apertures and subjects like blank sky.  Further editing in Nik Dfine to reduce noise and Nik Color Efex Pro to apply the Polaroid Transfer style.

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