January 14, 2010

11:41 pm. I cut it pretty close tonight, but I did it. Not only did I set out late, I had nothing in mind, and wasn’t seeing anything that inspired me. Being tired doesn’t fuel an artistic mind. Turning off a main road I happened upon Union Pacific Street, and a  factory set among massive silos. Struggling to get a good shot, I was about to go around the corner for another angle when I saw this, and was absolutely awestruck. Almost pitch black, I swung the car around, and using the high beams, managed just enough exposure to get the shot. With virtually no highlights to focus on in auto, and unable to see enough for manual,  I finally found a glint of light in the foreground and locked on. This is one of the slowest shutter speeds I’ve ever successfully hand held. One more time, Rapid Fire saves the day.

The CULT Wall – Union Pacific Street – East Los Angeles
ISO 1600, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/6 sec – hand held – lighting, a mixture of minor ambient and auto headlights

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