Illusion

©Steve Chong

 

Tech Info

Illusion

Camera: Canon EOS/1V
Lens: Tamron SP90mm
Film: ASA100
Aperture: F16
Shutter: 1s
Filter: Polarizing Filter, Kenko 85
Light: Natural Light from window
I found these hook-liked stems at a recreation park the other day. Was fascinated by the look and shape of them. Strangely, that night I had a dream. These stems emerged from water like a tentacle of an octopus. There was a lone boat sailing aimlessly towards them, as if it was conducting an unexplained duty. Though the dream was vague and brief but it did make an impression. When I woke up, I said to myself, it would be an interesting idea to reproduce what I have dreamt and record it on photograph.

1 - I have little problem recreating the lake as I have a tank built, the very same tank I use for my other shot. I fill the tank with water and darken the water will black ink.

2 - For so many years, I have not folded a paper boat, time to rediscover my old skill. Ironically it took me 30 minutes to fold a simple boat like that. Then I use blue-tac to paste on the boat. Provided excellent water resistant material.

3 - The island was also created using blue-tac. I have to admit, I just love these sticky material.

4 - I used tungsten light to illuminate and provide the golden tone for the shot. The tone was further enhanced by the use of a warm filter.

5 - I metered on the mid tone of the scene and applied a large aperture to provide enough DOF

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