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Image List: Portfolio V: Sundial Flower


Agfa APX 100 developed (N+1) in D-76; Mamiya RB67 Pro-S, 180mm lens + extension tube;
Oriental Seagull VCFB 5x7 in Dektol, selenium toned.

2003 Seattle, WA. At Gasworks Park in Seattle there is a grassy knoll at the west side of the park. I have never really used the term "knoll" before to describe anything, but that's what this is, truly a knoll. There are bike paths which wind their way to the top of this knoll and on top there is a giant concrete sundial, where you use your own shadow to tell the time. I checked it out and was quite accurate. The sundial is a very intricate structure imbedded in concrete on the ground. Amongst all the little details and forms of the sundial, I found this shot. I was initially drawn to the beautiful contrast in forms of the nails and sand. While studying this detail, the image began to immerge in my mind's eye. The flower in this shot is probably only an inch or so across, so I had to use an extension tube to get in this close. The sun was setting, casting out long, dark shadows which I filled in gently with a homemade tinfoil reflector. This shot is one of my personal favorites.

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