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Skyline Drive

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 28 July 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I shot this several years ago, and since my car was totally beaten up by hail, I decided to use my dad's car for this scene.

When I composed this shot, I really wanted a sliver of a crescent moon in it, but of course there was no moon out at the time. Even if it had been, it would've looked too small in the image. So, I set the camera to not advance the film and took the shot.

After checking the moon position charts, I went out a few days later at 4 a.m. and zoomed in on the moon so it would look the correct size in comparison with the horizon, and then I double exposed the film for the moon. This was the first time I tried this technique, and I was pretty pleased with the results.

Of course, with the advent of the digital age, this could've been done very easily with Photoshop, but there's something about doing everything in camera that really appeals to me.

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BBM from south, United Kingdom

Lovely capture !! :)

28 Jul 2011 5:31am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ..What colors ! The sky ,the moon, the town and the golden light on the car ...extraordinary !

28 Jul 2011 5:50am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie lumière ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

28 Jul 2011 6:03am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Marvelous shots, Jason - beautiful image and as you say, there is nothing to match the magic of the film double exposure!

28 Jul 2011 7:35am

tataray from france, France

Une composition extraordinaire .. avec des couleurs sublimes .))

28 Jul 2011 7:39am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The rigour and pain of the old world had it's difficulties, but when you got a result as good as this, it's worth it

28 Jul 2011 7:46am

@CElliottUK: Thanks Chris! Yeah, I actually stopped shooting for a while before acquiring a dslr. The cost of the slide film plus the processing just got to be astronomical after a while. Equaled about $20 for 36 exposures, so I was always very selective about what I shot. Now, I can go out and rattle off 200 shots a day if I want. :-) However, I do miss the anticipation of getting my slides back.

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

gorgeous shot with great light.
very well captured!

28 Jul 2011 7:58am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

nice light

28 Jul 2011 9:18am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent work Jason. Your patience is admirable :)

28 Jul 2011 9:51am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Very nicely put and VERY nicely done, here, Jason! A great moon and lighting overall, beautiful. ANd I really appreciated your story (cravked up about the hail-ridden car....probably looked like someone had taken a ball pien hammer to it eh?). Even though ai am old as the hills and always loved to look at the great photag's work and read occasionally about photographic style and techniques, I never personally got really involved in the nuts and bolts of it until digital (other than the film camera that I used and just "turned the film in), so it was really nice to see your text about that aspect of it - it had to be special. This image and related story certainly is...sorry for the blabby comment :-)

28 Jul 2011 11:56am

@Denny Jump Photo: More like a sledge hammer in some places - big hail is very unforgiving. LOL I really enjoyed shooting film, but the hassle and price involved just got to be too much. A few short years ago, I would've never thought I'd be saying this, but I so love digital! :-) Thanks Denny!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely done Jason! This is one of the aspects of the craft that is being lost with the advent of digital photography and PhotoShop! The only upside of making these new cameras foolproof is that we keep inventing better fools!!! ;-))

28 Jul 2011 12:01pm

@Eric Cousineau: You are so very right, Eric! LOL Thanks much!

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Wonderful, Jason. My daughter loves working with film just for this reason - You had to really work at being creative. Just beautiful!

28 Jul 2011 12:07pm

@Laurie: You are certainly right about that! I always loved the anticipation of not knowing what I really had until I got my slides back. I'm afraid for myself though, the pros of digital far outweigh the cons. I will say though that learning on film was wonderfully instructive.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great scenario for this super image ! Love colors and light and frame is cool too .

28 Jul 2011 12:25pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very fine result, and I agree about the in-camera ideal.

28 Jul 2011 12:40pm

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

Excellent!! Love the golden peachy glow of the car, and the sliver of moon successfully captured. It's your fault that I'm thinking flying saucer parked on Mulhullen Road above Hollywood.

28 Jul 2011 2:29pm

@Twojays: Thank you very much, Joyce! :-) Sorry about that. LOL I bet the Chemosphere does have a marvelous view though.

Roland from Manila, Philippines

great work and great technique! very creative...i hope makers of digital cameras can find a way to double expose as well... :)

28 Jul 2011 2:36pm

@Roland: If I'm not mistaken, I believe there is at least one digital camera that allows double exposures. Now, as to how well it works; I couldn't answer that. Thanks Roland!

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful result, Love the colors and framing!

28 Jul 2011 2:59pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

You do some wonderful things with the color purple, its like you have a special
affinity with that color that defies description. Amazing view, and the car in the
photo is a very nice touch ! Superb.

28 Jul 2011 2:59pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much, Phil! You do some pretty incredible things with all the colors of the spectrum!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

That sliver of a crescent moon is delicious!

28 Jul 2011 3:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I hear ya! Had a MONUMENTAL hailstorm in Victoria, TX when we were living there (around 1985, if I recall)...I had our car at the jobsite 70 miles away and Barbara's car was in the garage thank God! SO we both lucked out....but car dealers around Victoria and surrounding towns had BIG discounts on cars for months afterwards...

28 Jul 2011 3:24pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Oh yeah, that happens pretty often in the Plains. My chase partner picked up a new car in Texas that had been discounted heavily because of hail. Of course, the hail dents didn't really matter for a chasecar. LOL Pretty cool also considering we chased the storm that damaged the car he eventually bought.

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

Yeah, sorta mauvey orange blur mist in L.A. Those sunsets can be spectacular ......chemospheres. I remember as a little girl on the beach when it was just dusty mist, natural haze. Night shots from a plane still look like a huge bed of jewels, as your image background reminds me too. I am just an L.A. girl on a field trip I guess.

28 Jul 2011 4:08pm

@Twojays: LOL, Wait a minute - were you referring to this, or did we get our wires crossed? Or am I just terribly confused? :-/

L'angevine from Angers, France

j'apprécie la couleur du ciel et cette courbe qui représente la lune
passe d'agréables moments et à bientôt

28 Jul 2011 5:35pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très belle image et couleur de cette voiture et du ciel super

28 Jul 2011 6:00pm

franz from Baden, Austria

an impressive story behind this very attractive image! double exposure wasn't at all as easy as you make it sound! i never came up with anything approaching the quality of this photo!!

28 Jul 2011 6:22pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I must admit I have never worked with film, I think I would enjoy it. I take 100s of digital images though to get one half decent. So would struggle lol. I'm loving this though, hey where is your front licence plate. ;-)

28 Jul 2011 9:32pm

@Ainsley: You should try it sometime, Ainz - I think everybody should shoot film at sometime or another. If nothing else it gives one a feel for what photography was like before digital - can't just preview the photo and delete it if you don't like it. Besides, film SLRs are cheap these days. If you do decide to try it, I would highly recommend using a good slide film like Velvia or E100VS for landscapes.

Believe it or not, Arkansas neither requires nor issues front license plates. Just have to have them on the back.

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Gosh so much work, but how much fun and very satisfying result.

28 Jul 2011 10:55pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Perfect lighting and colors. And you captured the crescent moon beautifully. I envy the "true" photographer in you when it comes to the techniques you describe and I can only hope to emulate you some day.

29 Jul 2011 1:49am

@Steven: Thank you very much, Steven! However, you do quite spectacularly yourself - many of your images are exceptional.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This really worked out well doing it the way you did. Photoshop is nice though. :-)

30 Jul 2011 4:30am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

creative and original set, Jason..great effort and effect..very lovely composition and image !

1 Aug 2011 3:58pm

Retalls de Vida from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

es preciosa esa media luna!!

1 Aug 2011 9:42pm