Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

July 31, 2009

Rust Rules

Filed under: composition, entropy, favorite places, Film, New Jersey, Non Birds, style — richditch @ 8:29 pm
Star India Manhole Cover

Star India Manhole Cover

Since my old shot of the red padlock pleased some readers, here’s another shot from the same time and place – Allaire State Park in central NJ 25-30 years ago. What can I say: I like texture and earthtones, and there’s nothing like a rusted manhole cover to provide both.

Given the age of this image it was obviously another film shot, and my film of the time would have been Kodachrome 64. Mostly likely, I would have shot this with my 55mm macro lens, or my Nikkor 105 if I wanted to work from a bit higher with a narrower angle of view.

A manhole cover is round, and a lot bigger than what’s shown in this image. I liked the texture shown in this tight composition, and that’s where a true macro lens really shines anyway.

I also have some recollections that this cover said Indiana on it, but I shot tight to play up the star symbol in a take on the Star of India. I don’t know if any viewers ever caught on to that, so here’s a chance for any viewer to tell me if it works that way or I was way off the mark.

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1 Comment »

  1. I love the texture; my screen nearly has fingerprints on it. Also, I was already thinking from the picture “He should have titled the post ‘Star of India’ instead,” so I guess the tight crop works for me in both ways!

    Comment by Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer) — August 1, 2009 @ 8:20 am


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