Pull Over Photography

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 09 2010

Category: street, Uncategorized

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:6 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


Couldn’t help but flip on the blinker and pull over the other night on my way home when I saw what preceded me. Camera gear in-car, as always, I was afforded a pleasant fifteen minutes of fading light to run around and try to figure out some angle that resonated with me.

Rather than the light warm yellows that I find (or insert) into much of my work, this image is straight-up orange. The fiery light of superheated filaments that bathe the evening blacktop as the stillness of night spreads its hush over the land. The colder sky tones barely blue, moreso a navy-tinged grey.

The repetition found on both sides of the vanishing point is what is working best for me compositionally. The streetlights flank the road from the left while dormant kid-movers hang on the right. Both sidewalk and road beneath also eventually disappear into the faraway trees.

Finally, the bigness of the sky is something I’ve come to really appreciate as of late, photographically. It somehow makes the earthbound objects seem delicate and miniature, like props on a model train set’s layout.

Ahhh, suburban night.

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