Monday, March 9, 2009

Architecture by Night

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Two things make this image worthwhile, the subject matter and the conditions. While it's an old English pub, a hotel in traditional terms, those Tudor-era beams decorating the upperworks are unlikely to actually date from the period (compare them to the genuine historic buildings in York in my post Past Meets Present), more an architectural tribute from later times: the western side of Whitby, North Yorkshire, where this photograph was taken, was extensively developed in the 1700s and the oldest buildings on the commercial waterfront, where The Jolly Sailors stands, feel younger than this. Without knowing exactly when it was built, the layout feels 20th century. But the conditions are another matter: it was around 8pm on a chill, windy night in November, 2007, I had wandered the town looking for somewhere to get an affordable bite to eat after arriving back late, and was exercising the camera's ability to record true night images. Here the burn-out of the pub's lighting and the solidarity of the shadow areas speak to a short exposure: the cumulative lighting of the facade had pushed the illumins to the point the chip could handle it like a daytime shot. Handheld, there is no blur at a virtual 200ASA. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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