Country’s Edge

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 21 2011

Category: self portrait

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Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:17mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Sand Spinning

As far as national borders go, this one is most nice. No arbitrary lines through soil, no snaking rivers separating sides, no side even beyond it ’til Taiwan. America simply descends into the blue depths and is no more.

This particular capture was the final image in a perhaps twelve-shot sequence that was shot in rapid succession whilst I spun around in the sand, camera at arms length. Flipping through the images is a bit dizzying with the background going nuts with a seemingly unmoving body staring into you.

My greatest fear is that this is instantly seen as some HDR wackness. It’s on the edge of being over processed, on that delicate line of dismissal. Heavily processed though it is, I think it’s within the boundaries of at least semi-normal looking photos.

I’m struck by how old I look in it.

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