365.324 morning stroll (AKA “I was walking like a ghost”)

I woke up insanely early this morning, and rather than surf the internets randomly, I decided to go on into work and try to make a 365 pic before work again.

During the drive, I decided on a small aperture/long exposure, ghost walker shot, and I guess I got what I asked for.

But this picture (and the other 7 I shot) look very odd to me. Cold. Like the lighting/picture quality on those bad sci-fi shows from the late 1990s and early 2000s, maybe. Sort of slicker than anything else out there, smoothed over. Very Very Digital, and in that very unreal way that digital sometimes is.

It sorta creeps me out.

And I didn’t quite get what I wanted out of the picture, or the composition or anything, so I’m glad I get to go into work tomorrow. Maybe I’ll try it again, though it would probably be better to wait until Monday, when I’ll have dark pants and a dark(er) shirt on (likely).

I do like the lens flare and the sunstars, though, so I guess that counts for something.

I thought of compositing all the ghost walkers into one scene, but the camera (resting on top of the car) was never in the same place from one shot to the next, and so matching up parking lines and leaf litter would be nightmarish.

D7000. Sigma 30mm f/1.4. ISO100, 10 seconds (AP mode), f/8. About 15 minutes of effing around in Aperture: burning and increasing contrast in the shadows and the ghost; fixing (sorta) the colors (my shirt today was a powder blue, not a purple); and trying to un-digital the image (I ended up just giving up).

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