Friday, January 10, 2014

Urban Juxtaposition #11

This is the first time in the project I put photo without human element. After I got the shot #10, I feel like I've got what I want. But I don't want to terminate this project yet. In search for another object to photograph, I walk to Pasupati again. Somehow this place has become my laboratory. A place to exercise new concept, figuring out whether it works or not.

I found this spot right under the Pasupati landmark. A rather disgusting place but has strong urban character. At the background, right at the end of the channel, a skinny building stand firmly creating a good composition with the leading line formed by the channel. Great! At that time I've no idea what building is it, only later on I know it is a hotel in Cihampelas street where X-Trans Shuttle have a pool there. (I can't remember the hotel's name).

This shot is an exercise of exposure. I really depend on the back screen of my D700 to evaluate the histogram and the overall appearance of the image. I can't imagine how could I take this picture using analog camera on film. Those old masters should have a strong feeling to sense the right amount of light to create the picture in their mind. It's more than just blindly follow what light-meter suggest, you have to decide on what "zone" you put that part of the scene. GND filter was used to capture the cloud texture while at the same time keep sufficient details on the channel ground.

I need more shot like this to sharpen my skill in exposure.

27 Dec 2013
Nikon D700
AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
ISO 400 - f/11 - 1/200s

Project : Urban Juxtaposition