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Sleepy Hollow

By KingArthur
Granted some of you might be scratching their heads, trying to figure out what this is and, more so, as to the title ...

Yesterday afternoon I went for a quick shooting spree in the nearby park, sporting both the Canon 350D and Nikon D40. Was experimenting really, comparing results between the two, and trying out a couple of lenses. Coming up to the fairly-sized pond in the middle of the park, five strong spouts were shooting jets of water about 2 storeys high. So far so good, but when you are lucky and chance one solitary sunbeam backlighting one or two of the water jets, then you are talking Joe's language lol! I quickly mounted an external flashgun onto the D40 (on which I had some decent focal length, since the 350D had only the standard zoom lens on) and grabbed a few shots. Lighting was already pretty low and although I wanted to freeze some droplets, I still wanted to convey a strong sense of backlit water movement. After a few lightning trials, I settled down for a 1/125sec. shutter speed. My poor flashgun was firing away like a strobe, but it still delivered reasonably well given my eagerness to bag a worthy capture. Doing away with about 3 or 4 screamers, I netted 5 good shots, this one being my best pick of the lot.

And now for the title ..... if you look carefully at the shot, you might just notice the figure of a headless gentleman wearing a coat and carrying something in his left hand, not to mention that weird thing sticking out of his chest ..... the shoulders, the arms, the limbs and the coat are all there, except the head ..... which is what enticed me to title the shot in memory of that classic film (for those of you who love the spooky classics) "Sleepy Hollow" ... and all from a simple spout of water may I remind you!

I hope you like the shot and my very fertile imagination lol! Viewing larger should give you that bit more spooks lol!


Specs -
f/6.3 @ 1/125sec
External fill-in flash
Handheld shot

Tags: Black and white Close-up and macro Backlighting Contre jour Fill-in flash Water spout Flash and lighting

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JimV 11 6 3 Canada
9 Apr 2007 2:18AM
Brilliant Joseph, can see all that you mention and that it's a real photographers photo, well spotted, excellent work!
Rgds., Jim

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mairit 11 1
9 Apr 2007 2:30AM
lov this sort of thing.abstract and arty
9 Apr 2007 2:33AM
Superb shot and story that explains it all. Sound like you're getting the hang of the D40 also.

edcat 11
9 Apr 2007 5:15AM fiction
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Apr 2007 8:18AM
Joe it sounds as if you might have been taking a spot of 'wacky baccy' in this trial!!!!!
As a matter of interest I can see your headless man.
A great fun shot.
AlanBW 12 20 England
9 Apr 2007 10:15AM
Well timed, a terrific capture
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 10:40AM
Hi Joe,

Yep you were correct, i had no idea what it was thats why i looked at it closer.
My conclusion is that you have taken a really great abstract shot and turned it into Sleepy Hollow 2 - lol. Well done Joe great image and such patience.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
9 Apr 2007 11:34AM
It sure looks like the headless horseman to me! You never know what will show up in your lens...I have had more than one surprise visitor.....spooky!
BertC 11 29 Malta
9 Apr 2007 6:07PM
Original & superb Joe !
NeilM 11 England
9 Apr 2007 8:07PM
this is great Joe, can see all the spooky thing now. How About an image of Jesus in a bunch of flowers next, lol.

daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 8:39PM
Spotted the headless gent before i even read your description Joe! Great work!!

PaulaLey 12 31 England
9 Apr 2007 10:10PM
Hi Joe - this is fabulous - love the movement and the freshness of the water. Love it when there is loads of description about a photo too!

KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 11:41PM
Great water movement capture... this is so unusual and imaginative you just have to view it large to absorb all the detail. Great headless man in mono.... Karen Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 12:40AM
"Jeepers Creepers" comes to mind, as he drags his victim to his truck.
Or "Mimic" as he closes his wings to form a human head.
Or "The Thing" before it has completed copying the human form.
Or "Predator" as it becomes visible, dragging its victim's head by the hair.
Or..........must get to bed.....
GlenD 11 United States
10 Apr 2007 7:00AM
Well what a sculpture Joe Smile I see the figure too
Possum 11 148 England
10 Apr 2007 7:22AM
A wonderful luminescent water sculpture, Joe. I really like the way you are diversifying your portfolio, and the description is brilliant!

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