The Scallop is a remarkable thing, despite appearing to interrupt the suburban tidiness of Aldeburgh North Beach like a broken Anderson shelter or some fragment of air crash debris it is a focal point that draws people like a magnet…a monument, not only to Benjamin Britten, but for all who come to the sea and ponder life, love, death and memory.
Robbed of shadow and with the kite buffeted by a blustery southerly I didn’t think much would come out of this shoot. After seeing the rig spin over the line as the kite yanked it about I really wondered if this would be worth the effort; how wrong I was! The stainless steel shell seems at once permanent and fragile, I didn’t expect low level photography to work without strong sunlight but by good fortune a modest raising of the camera has 2 remarkable effects: all sense of scale is lost and the ‘flat’ light killed the glare off the metal so that its edges are captured as sharp lines.
Camera Leica Camera AG Leica X1
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/800)
Focal Length 24 mm
ISO Speed 800
Exposure Bias -0.3 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire
X-Resolution 240 dpi
Y-Resolution 240 dpi
Software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 (Windows)
Date and Time (Modified) 2012:10:15 17:57:56
Exposure Program Program AE
Date and Time (Original) 2012:10:15 12:22:14
Date and Time (Digitized) 2012:10:15 12:22:14
Max Aperture Value 2.8
Subject Distance 5 m
Kite: Didak Explorer 2.7
Drogue: 18/10cm dia x35cm
Line: 250 DaN Dacron
Rig: Brooxes DLux GS1 gyro stabilised tilt, 5.8 gHz VTx
Inevitably we we flying in the the days worst windspeeds for what we were trying to do:
With thanks to Clive Hollins who kept the camera safely in the sky while I patiently waited for the sun to peep out from the clouds ( it never did) and tried to make sense of the crazy view in the viewfinder! The images are nothing like what I imagined I would get – I still want to get the ‘social sense’ Maggi Hambling has achieved here as shadow play but I’m pleased with the results we got.