Clock – Metropolitan Life Tower


Also infrared. I doubt whether the tower clock has ever been shot with infrared. It shows the wear and tear, and which parts are clean, which parts covered with New York grime. It’s hard to believe the detail in that clock. The face is formed with small mosaic tiles.  Beyond the black dot circle, sea creatures and vines and grapes and shells, and then the larger strange creatures that look like someone has had a bad acid trip. Those were the days of barons and old boys that could afford to put up cathedrals to business.


Metropolitan Museum Infrared


On the way to meet the film crew, I took this “throw away shot.” By throw away, I mean that I’ve done it many times before, since it’s the only angle I’ve found to show the whole museum, and went on to do my stuff at the zoo. This turns out to be the my best shot of the museum. In other words, I’ve gone at night to shoot it; on rainy days, at noon, with wider lenses, etc. and the contrast / texture in this shot because of the infrared effect which most people wouldn’t notice if I didn’t say it was infrared seems to have finally done the trick.

And of course there were always other issues. For a long time various parts of the exterior had scaffolding, or there weren’t enough people on the steps, or too many cars in the way… but it fits in with my idea that it is on the way to where I’m going rather than the ultimate destination where I find something that works. If I ever do another book, I think that On The Way would be a good title.

Snowy Snowy Night (Crosswalk)


Again – not exactly pretty – but still interesting effect using an infrared flash at night with modded infrared camera during snow storm.  Nothing you couldn’t do with non-infrared flash during a night storm – but be careful the flash unit doesn’t get wet.

At the Movies

My friends – my outing was not fruitful.  I was at a small quad theater.  A number of issues:

1) It’s a flick for kids (Aliens v. Monsters) and kids with their parents, not easy to do in this situation.

2) The glasses are no longer red / blue but are polarized with slight tints, and the effect is different from the paper glasses

3) I couldn’t find a place to situate myself.  Only spot to stand up and shoot from is the center aisle; so you are standing right in the middle of the theater with the bright screen behind you.

4) Towards the end of the movie, at least maybe the last 20 minutes, someone from the theater sits in the back to collect the glasses.

5) The 450 could not focus quickly enough in this darkness, so I shot manual.

(Oh – the movie.  Once you took off the glasses so that stuff wasn’t flying at you, it was just a cartoon for kids; with a moral – of course.  Neither complex, nor idiotic. )

6) The ready light is blinking on the back of the flash.  I kept my thumb over it when I did manage a couple of shots.

I could go on, but to do this Weegee sort of shot you need permission and I would say a much larger theater, with an apron – some space between the front rows and the audience.  So I post a shot or two just so you get the idea of the difficulty (oh, and the theater was only maybe 1/3 full) which was the final problem.  All that being said, here’s a shot or two:


It was so dark, that I could just make out shapes as I shot.  I definitely didn’t see that the kid didn’t have his glasses on.  And the guy below – I thought there was a kid with him, but I don’t see same in picture.