Saturday, January 21, 2006

There are a lot of lightning photos out there, and some are really beautiful (if you have a recent Mac computer, just look in your pre-installed desktop wallpaper folder!). But this is the only one I've ever managed to take, and there are some things I think are interesting about it.

For one thing, the bolt is right in the middle of the frame, and it's hitting flat water - it seems to defy the laws of physics. For another, if you can believe it I took this with an old Kodak Instamatic 110 format camera. This was a fully automatic camera with no shutter speed or aperture controls, and a very small film frame. Lightning photos are almost always very long exposures - this was a handheld snapshot in the dark!

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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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