Street Icicle

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 23 2010

Category: Uncategorized

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

The Winter Boulevard

Whilst roaming my archives for images for Courtney, I happened upon a collection of images that I shot of a street near my house in Minneapolis in January. I have a tendency to shoot sequences for panoramization and not process them into the panorama itself, perhaps thinking that sometime down the line when I have a better computer with more processing power and smarter software, a 30 minute job could be reduced to a couple of seconds. But tonight, I thought to heck with that! I’ll work on this image right now!

I remember shooting it, and therefore know exactly what it is. Is it immediately apparent what it is to the new eye? I think my original intentions were to make it into some kind of abstract piece. Something that would look great as an eight-foot-long framed shot in a loft with great light. Or just a nice piece for any wall, though at considerable size. Also I would definitely hang it horizontally, but in order to show detail and whatnot I have presented it here as a vertical panorama (also to appease the every desire of Courtney, who relishes such images)

So I think technically this would be called a perspectiveless image. You’d have to shoot it from 100 feet up to get the same look, or wildly distort it somehow. Unlike a panorama where you stand still and pan the camera, rotating on your own vertical axis, this was shot by extending the camera directly over the street, snapping, walking about two feet, repeat repeat repeat. I remember seeing some really great work of a man who shot entire large buildings (schools and the like), in one square foot increments and then stitched them all together (thousands of images), creating these uber birdseye views of the insides of buildings… which I find really neat because it’s just a camera and some Photoshop placement.

Anyhoo, I’ll have to ponder this image some more and see what I think of it in a couple days (it’s only be finished for about an hour).

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