Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Photo of the Day: "A Desperate Battle in a Lonely Place"

We discussed cold weather photography extensively in Thursday's Photography Case Study. Here's another from the chilly files.

Nikon D90, Nikon Series E 50mm f1.8 (an old manual focus gem), f1.8, 1/200 sec., ISO 1600. Shot natively in B&W. No metering is possible with manual focus lenses on Nikon digitals D90 and below, so I had to guess at my exposure. I couldn't use the rear LCD for two reasons: it had given up in the cold, and I had encased the camera in a grocery bag to keep the moisture out. No flash.

Like a previous Photo of the Day, this picture evokes a very lonely place, although in a different way.

Our minds expect to see something, anything beyond a football field. Stands and bleachers. A scoreboard. Coaches and staff on the sidelines. Instead, the only way we know this is a field — and that the competitors aren't just scrimmaging in a cornfield somewhere — is the goalpost. What emotions are provoked in you?

Note that, in accordance with Wyoming law, it is snowing sideways.

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