Entry Way

M.Christine Duncan 4/17/2008 6:52:58 PM

I will always enjoy your interior photos, and this one is no exception. Can I ask what kind of lens you used here? The perpsective is very unique and very effective! #902946

John H. Siskin 4/17/2008 7:02:30 PM

This is a Nikkor 18-35mm lens, partially corrected in Photoshop. I should point out that I have a full frame camera, so it is really an 18mm lens, as I am using it at the smallest focal length. I like this shot a lot also. I use it on my business cards. One of the key aspects of doing photography is looking for a new angle! #5801533

Steve M. Harrington 4/17/2008 8:09:24 PM

Entry Way is stunningly good, both technically and artistically, John. I'll bet I've spent five minutes letting the image take over at first. Then I began exploring its subtleties. The interplay of lines and curves is delightful. What a fine eye you have!
Steve #5801813

John H. Siskin 4/17/2008 8:37:19 PM

Hi Steve,
Iím really glad you like the shot, but I have to say it owes much to the architect and contractor, and of course the craftsman that built it. My work is to interpret architecture and recreate it in a two dimensional manner. I really like doing this, but it is more fun with really good buildings to work in. I have just started working for the guy who was the sub contractor for the stairway, so I will have the opportunity to see more of his work. This shot was done for contractor for the house. If you want to do good work it helps to have good clients. I have a small tripod made many years ago by slik, it works close to the floor. I really like it for jobs like this, all three legs move continuously outward, and the minimum height is about 6 inches; it will stand up to about three feet. It is special pieces of gear that extend my range for a hot like this. Thanks again for your comment! John Siskin

Steve M. Harrington 4/17/2008 8:50:02 PM

I think you are being modest, John. I shoot a lot of mountains and I never credit a creator if there was one. :)
I have a similar six inch tripod, but a much cheaper version. Despite it weighing 400 lbs. or so, I lugged it on many a wilderness trip and it served me well.
Steve #5801916

John H. Siskin 4/17/2008 10:21:59 PM

Hi Steve,
Well in this case, Entry Way, I have met the people who did the work, so it seems natural to credit them. The client was very pleased with the image. I am not sure how to give credit for a mountain either. I am confused about your 400 lbs. six inch tripod. Weight vs. utility that seems a little out of balance.
Thanks, John Siskin

Steve M. Harrington 4/17/2008 10:42:02 PM

Excessive hyperbole, John. It just felt that way! On a ten day backpacking trip in the Canadian Rockies my pack weighed 65 lbs. with all my camera gear included.
I should add that I did do some construction in the past and I am in awe of the designers and craftsmen who created that entry way.
Steve #5802152

John H. Siskin 4/17/2008 11:05:00 PM

Hi Steve,
I understand that camera gear increases in weight as the inverse square of the distance it has to be carried. A couple of handy things are the chain pod, a 1/4 by 20 thumb screw which will go into the tripod socket. If you attach a piece of chain to the flat part of the thumb screw you can stand on the chain and pull up. Almost as good as a mono pod. There is a picture at the end of my galley. If you are handy with a welding torch attach a couple of 1/4X20 bolts to a vise grip. You can put a small ball head onto the vise grip and attach it anywhere! Thanks, John

Steve M. Harrington 4/17/2008 11:10:51 PM

Now you tell me! :) I'll check it out, John. Thank you and have a good night.
Steve #5802214

Aimee C. Eisaman 4/18/2008 6:04:07 AM

A very nice entry way....wish it was my house! LOL! Nicely framed with an interesting POV! #5803251

Laura E. Swan 4/18/2008 1:33:34 PM

What a great thread. I've enjoyed reading more from the experts! I was merely going to say what a grandiose image you have here but thanks to Steve I am now investigating your lines and curves for myself. -Thanks all. -Laura #5804729

John H. Siskin 4/18/2008 3:32:00 PM

Thanks Aimee & Laura,
I am so glad you like this image. I was pleased with how naturally the light worked. I have five lights here, one outside two on the ground floor and an additional two lights on the second floor. One of the lights on the first floor is a Calumet 750 from Travelite, the others are all Norman 200Bs. It took a few hours to make all this work, but it was worth it.
Thanks, John Siskin

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This shot required 5 strobes to balance the light. 4 Norman 200B units and a Calumet Travelite.

Exif: Exposure Time: 1/30, Flash: 0, ISO: 160, Camera Model: DCS Pro 14N

Uploaded on 6/2/2007 8:08:05 PM

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