Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

July 28, 2009

Red on Red

Filed under: entropy, favorite places, Film, light, New Jersey, Non Birds, technique — richditch @ 8:42 am
Red Padlock

Red Padlock

With the temperature headed for 115 again today, and already in the mid 90’s at 6:30 this morning, I’m, not planning to do any birding or outdoor photography at the moment. So it seems like a good time to look at older images cluttering my hard drive.

This padlock is an oldie, taken way back in the days of film when I lived in central New Jersey. Without digging through dusty slide files to find a dat stamp on the slide mount I’ll just take a guess and say this was shot in 1980, give or take five years. It was at Allaire State Park (Parkway exit 98, as every NJ resident would refer to the location). At the time there was a train yard, and you could find some interesting subjects if you poked around a bit.

The soft shadows here indicate that it wasn’t a brutally sunny day – more likely a typical dreary day in NJ.  Great light for close-ups where the sky didn’t enter the image.

I’ve always used Nikon gear, so this would have been taken with whatever camera I had at the time (a Nikkormat FTN or EL, or a Nikon FE or FE2 most likely). The lens would have been a 55mm Micro Nikkor. Kodachrome 64 for the film.

This is definitely an example of my long standing interest in decay – what I’ve categorized as my Entropy Series. I’m attracted by the textures and the random wear and tear. I’m glad I took the shot so many years ago, and I still like the composition here.



  1. Rich

    This is really a stunning image with the simple lines, the paint showing its age and flecks of it that are missing.

    Wonderful exposure control and the saturation is perfect.

    Comment by Mia — July 28, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  2. This is gorgeous. The color, texture, simplicity … just perfect.

    Comment by Arizona Writer (Kimberly Hosey) — July 29, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

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