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photoblog image "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"

Taken with a slow shutterspeed and a zoom in. No tripod. No editing.

Sorry I did not get around to many photoblogs yesterday, I've been a bit under the weather. I'll do better today.

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"

Taken with a slow shutterspeed and a zoom in. No tripod. No editing.

Sorry I did not get around to many photoblogs yesterday, I've been a bit under the weather. I'll do better today.

comments (32)

Great shot indeed!
Kathryn: Thanks, Dave.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Nov 2007, 01:22
Nice effect, Kathryn.
I am not sure the title works here though...the picture is too light-hearted and colourful for a doomsday image.
Kathryn: Ray, at the risk of boring you, a story!

In May of this year, a couple of friends came to visit from the US. Their dream trip in Germany was to travel the romantic route in south Germany, so we did. One of the places we visited was the Wieskirche ( ). As you can see it is a highly ornate done in Rococo. At seeing all the glitz and glitter in this church, one of my friends exclaimed, "This can make a religious person out of anyone!" I looked around and then issued my retort, "Or not."

Ray, thank you very much for your comment which has me doing some thinking about doomsday and perspective.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 18 Nov 2007, 01:48
Very wonderfully executed, Kathryn! It looks like he has a flashlight, which lends a wonderful effect. What first came to mind was a night guard. But I agree with Ray about the title...or maybe I'm just dense.
Kathryn: Thanks, Ginnie. The light that is looks like he is dragging, are lights along the side of the wall. No way, not dense. I think you may be in the majority in feeling the picture is inappropriately named. See my comment to Ray though. I am enjoying playing with light.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 18 Nov 2007, 07:17
This is awesome. I love the way it draws you in!
Kathryn: Thank you, Helen. There seems to be some debate about what it draws you into smile You might be stepping into the light or into the pits of hell!
They are right about the title. It is more like walking towards the light. Nice image.
Kathryn: Thanks for looking. Bill. See my comment to, Ray about perspective and doomsday!
Hmmm ... Very different technique from my 'tried and untested' method on my today's posting. Hmmm ... I think I'm back to square one at some point. smilerichard.
Kathryn: Square one is not a bad place to be. It means you have the entire journey to look forward to, R. But I'd disagree with you and say you are well past square one.
Wow! You must be so thrilled with this one Kathryn. Utterly amazing photograph. Well done. (:o)
Kathryn: Roz, aww shucks you are making me blush. I am working on this technique and am enjoying playing and learning the relationships between movement, light, and images. That is the part that thrills me!
Good zoom burst indeed. Get well soon.
Kathryn: Thanks, Sandeep. Feeling much better today! I am going to post another tomorrow.
Great great shot Kathryn. Your effect is just fabulous
Kathryn: Thanks so much. Richard. I am loving playing with this...for now!
super shot Kathryn, hope your feeling better this morning....tim
Kathryn: Much better, Tim, Thanks. Glad you like it. By the time I am done with this kinda of shots, you may grow tired of them smile
Well I read the focal point as a furnace, and it is important that he isn't looking where he is going. I particularly like the orange against the grey.

Great use of the pulled zoom technique - I haven't forgotten about your request to see some old photos, but they are on negative and it will take a while. By then you won't need any help from me!
Kathryn: Yes yes yes, Mike. I'd love to see some of your old ones. I can ALWAYS draw inspiration from started it.

Thank you for your comment on the photo. I always value your comments and critique.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Nov 2007, 09:57
Sorry to hear you weren't 100% yesterday Kathryn.

Great shot, love the lighting and the blursmile
Kathryn: Better today, Tracy. Thanks for looking and your comment.
Wow great shot Kathryn
Kathryn: Thanks lots. I am going to post a few more of them in the next couple of days.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 18 Nov 2007, 11:17
far too 'wow!' for me to agree with the title smile
Kathryn: smile You are far too kind, Terry.
Kathryn, I've seen this technique used in other photos and must say that this one of yours is quite nice. The blend of colors is so appealing, and now I'm very interested in how you've achieved the technique. Slow shutterspeeds intimidate me.

Oh yes, and by the way, I totally get it - the title, that is.

I likey smile
Kathryn: Oh, thank you so much for your kind words. Well I am no expert on this technique, but if you are interested, I'd happily email with you to give you whatever insight I can.
Keep playing with movement, light and image Kathryn because this is great!

Lol, someone to keep Mal on his toes!!
Kathryn: More upcoming, PixelPixie. You've been warned smile
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, United States of North America
  • 18 Nov 2007, 14:00
I see you drug yourself deeper and deeper into the unknown. In this case I'd like to let you know that Mal and Petra are not the only people to draw an inspiration from. My favorite of them all is Susan Burnstine
She works with cheap plastic toy cameras, Russian and Chinese alike). She tweeks them, takes them apart, put them back together, change lenses...
Well, explore.
Kathryn: She is amazing, Z. Thanks for giving me her site. I have a few more that I am posting in the next few days. And as soon as the weather is better here, I have a few ideas to try. For now I am doomed to sneaking my camera into churches and risking damnation smile
  • ChaCha
  • N York C
  • 18 Nov 2007, 14:00
Nice Work!
Kathryn: Nice comment!
It sure takes on a spooky atmosphere for me.
Get well soon, Kathryn.
Kathryn: Thanks, Michael. I am feeling better already. Now if only the weather here would cooperate!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Nov 2007, 16:03
Hope you're feeling a 100% again soon Kathryn. Oh and this picture is awesome!
Kathryn: Danke sehr on both accounts, Scarlet!
Wonderful shot really - Standing ovation !
Kathryn: Well now you are just making me blush...but I don't mind a good blush now and then! Thank you.
  • chunter
  • Blighty
  • 18 Nov 2007, 16:30
Fantastic creative work here Kathryn.

I have had limited success with zooming through a long exposure but the effect you have achieved here givs me the impetus to try again.

Thank you for the inspiration.
Kathryn: Keep at it and if you need any tips or want me to take a look at something you've done, send me an e-mail. Took me many shots to piece together the whole semantics of how it works. And I am still in the learning process.
  • Paul
  • 18 Nov 2007, 17:48
the title seems too depressing for how the image comes across to me, which is quite uplifting. Great effect, and one I must try and emulate sometime. This goes straight into my 'likeys'
Kathryn: Honored, Paul. I am glad that for you it is uplifting! Give it a try and let me know when you post one. I am very interested.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 18 Nov 2007, 18:07
Kathryn this is so well taken!! the glow...everything, love the colouring, great effects. Hope you are feeling better smile
Kathryn: Astrid, thank you for your well wishes. Much better today. Glad you like the photograph!
  • Ann
  • 18 Nov 2007, 18:34
This effect gives a real sensation of movement ... Or a futurist way to move ... Nice !!! I like it !!! Ann
Kathryn: Ann, I have been dabbling in making stills "move" and glad to know it is paying off. Thanks for your comment and looking!
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 18 Nov 2007, 21:22
You must have a steady hand to get any kind of focus Kathryn, good work here. Glad your'e feeling better now. Regards, Chris
Kathryn: Chris, ha! I am not so sure about a steady hand. I am an old lady ;-) Thanks for the comment and your get well wishes.
It's like a dreamscape. Well, it's what my dreams look like anyway.
  • Aussie
  • on 5 fabulous days off work.
  • 19 Nov 2007, 03:15
What more could I add that hasn't already been said. I like it and I nearly missed it as my computer like you was not 100% yesterday. For some reason some days it just will not let me into some of the pages of SC.
Kathryn: I wonder what the issue with your computer is..being a technology geekette, i am really interested.. Thanks for your comment on the photo. I am in the learning process.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2007, 11:33
fantastic. great work. mal
Kathryn: smile, Mal.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2007, 20:45
I really do like this Kathryn smile
  • Roland
  • France
  • 19 Nov 2007, 21:26
Nice, very nice !
This is some cool effect Kathryn...It has that dreamy thing going on...Nice composition/abstract

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