STILL LIFE 32 – CHALET 1: CHAIR, WALL AND SIDELIGHTING
April 24, 2016 17 Comments
We recently took a short holiday near Perranporth, in Cornwall, under a scheme run by The Sun newspaper. These “Sun holidays” are very cheap – it cost us £70 (including all-we-could-eat power) for four nights’ self-catering. And self-catering suits us, we like to be free to do whatever we want whenever we want – the thought of having to organise ourselves around set mealtimes is a vast turn off!
We have been on many of these holidays – and have found that the accommodation can vary from excellent to, well, in a very few cases, quite appalling. Mostly these breaks are in caravans, but in this case we had a very comfortable, two-storey chalet, in fact it was more like a small, semi-detached house.
I enjoy lounging around in holiday chalets and caravans. Its a wonderful opportunity to sprawl back in comfort and enjoy the moment – and also a good chance to watch how the light interacts with things as the sun moves across the sky. This is the first in a short series of such photos from this chalet.
Here, with lighting from the left, a chair at the bottom of the stairs throws its shadow onto a rough wall. The woodwork at upper left is part of the banister of the narrow stairway.
This photo is something of a departure for me as its one of the few times that I’ve used my 50mm lens: most of my images use focal lengths far above or below this “standard” lens, which roughly approximates to human eyes’ field of vision. I ought to use this lens more often. It has a very useful maximum aperture of f1.4 and so is good in low light situations, and using the D800 in DX format, when focal lengths are magnified by 1.5, I end up with a very useful – inspiring, even – 75mm f1.4 chunk of glass.
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D800 with 50mm Nikkor; 3200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; 11 Apr 2016.