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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Deadly Still

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Nikon D70 @ 10mm, various shutter speeds, f/5.6, ISO 200

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I wanted to see how many comments I could squeeze out of you on my previous post... I think 12 is about my limit! I've been looking at my stat counter recently and have noticed that the number of hits this site gets is about 75% less than what it was at the start of the year... where's everyone going?!?

Anyway, in an attempt to reverse the trend I offer you another HDR. Taken at about midnight on the same night as this one.

Being fairly late you can imagine that there weren't many people about the uni at this time. There was a very strange little security guard though, who watched me for about 15 minutes from afar. I figured he had seen me, knew that I was harmless enough and was just interested in what I was doing. The next time I looked around though he was standing about 100 yards away - deadly still and looking straight at me. He wasn't going anywhere fast so I just continued snapping away. A few shots later and I turned around again - he was about 50 yards away now. Next thing I knew he was only 25 yards away.

At this point I was starting to get slightly concerned. I felt as if I was in one of those cheap horror movies - every time I turned around he was slightly closer, but I never saw him move! Rather anti-climactic I know, but I eventually walked up to him to make sure everything was alright. I asked if it was ok that I was taking pictures of the uni, to which he responded "well, it's a bit late now". If it wasn't ok then why didn't he bloody well tell me when he first saw me, instead of stalking me like some weird pyscho.

Anyway, he let me take my shots and didn't kill me, so it's all good.

I should perhaps also say that this is the back of the Stair Building at Glasgow uni where I studied law for 4 years - man am I missing those student holidays now!!!


Anonymous Mackan said...

You make very good HDR images! This one is really nice. Very well done! I'm glad the guard didn't kill you! :-)

10:53 pm, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Creepy security guard. He was probably just drunk with power, which is why he probably made a stink about it being late. Does it bring back positive memories of class days when you revisit? I have mixed feelings when I visit the university I attended; I can't make up my mind if I'm glad I'm done or wish I was still back. BTW, Excellent image; very fine composition and color. Cheers, Brent

5:45 am, June 07, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie said...

Wow John thats a stunner i'm really inpressed with this HDR i'll have to give it a try myself .


7:23 am, June 07, 2006  
Anonymous Phil said...

Great story :) Great shot too, the HDR works very well. I love the single window shining out on the right hand side.

11:10 am, June 07, 2006  
Anonymous Janice said...

Sorry to hear this is your last post. I've been reading your blog for awhile, but never commented as I don't know a thing about photography. All I know is what I like, and I like your work. Keep at it, in my mind you are very talented.

2:32 pm, June 07, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Janice: Sorry for the confusion - I've edited my post so that it's hopefully a little clearer. When I said last post I was referring to my previous post - so you'll have to put up with me for a little longer. Thanks for the comment, appreciate it.

Brent: I definitely enjoy being back in the Glasgow Uni area - it's an amazing place and I have a lot of fond memories there. However, would I want to be a student again? The 4 month summer holidays are certainly tempting! That side of it, and the social side of it as well, were great, but I think I'd miss my monthly pay cheque. Now, if only I could find a job that pays well and gives you copious amounts of holidays...

4:50 pm, June 07, 2006  
Blogger g_warren said...

I must confess, I tend to just view the RSS feed, which means I don't register on the counter. Sorry!

10:35 am, June 08, 2006  
Anonymous Thomas Comerford said...

Hi John, I'm still dropping by to see your work and still enjoying it immensely although I have to confess I rarely post a comment. Just thought I'd post this link in case you've missed it:
Apparently he'll be having an exhibition in the UK next year, although he doesn't mention where.

2:42 pm, June 08, 2006  
Anonymous KJM said...

The reason I don't visit so often is I've been unable to find an RSS feed on your site, and so just forget. But one of the comments above refers to one, so I must be missing something (or you've stopped advertising a link to it since I started visiting).

2:58 pm, June 08, 2006  
Blogger Mimi said...

I love the pink color in the background sky.


3:06 pm, June 08, 2006  
Anonymous KJM said...

OK, some confidence that an RSS does exist led me to look more carefully, and found it's only linked from the HTML headers. What's the point in that?! Still, I've got it now, so happy.

3:28 pm, June 08, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Why did you post a painitng?I thought you were a photographer :D
WOW is all I gotta say :)

11:33 am, June 09, 2006  
Anonymous clarence said...

Fantastic HDR images!

4:41 pm, June 10, 2006  
Anonymous mooch said...

To be frank. So much of this image is cool that conveying via this comment block would just not really do it justice. What I like (besides the rest) is that lone light. Seems like the icing on the cake. I like the way your wideangle has also brought the image into the frame as if it is looming into me, the viewer. HDR is overdone, but using it for a night shot is different and also really suits the process. Oh and I'd start carrying pepper spray...

7:01 pm, June 11, 2006  
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