i take pictures

untitled muse #3

“O Muses, O high genius, aid me now!
O memory that engraved the things I saw,
Here shall your worth be manifest to all! “

Dante Alighieri, in Canto II of The Inferno

38 thoughts on “i take pictures”

  1. This was taken with a Nikon D80, using a 24mm f/2.8 prime.
    I’m not giving up the location on this one, for maximum mystery.

  2. @Jenny ZZZ: Normally, I’d agree with you about them not moving, but I’ve seen an episode of Doctor Who that has me convinced at age 20-almost-21 that fricking statues move. Stupid Blink.
    @Wil: Anything else special that you did to/with the camera, like zoom? Or is that what the prime is for? *forgive me, am non-digital camera illiterate*

  3. In the back of my head I hear the voice of Brent Spiner saying “This is a classic example of the Greco-Roman period in which the artists of the time were not able to use women as models. Note the strong eyelids, the larger nose and bold chin. This is indicative of the use of a young boy or perhaps even just a drawing for the model. Also note the classic hair style of the period with the …” and proceeds to suck the air out of the room. [ blastwave.org/dclarke/blog ]

  4. Thank you for the signed book. I started reading it right away and started to fall into a terrible state of “oh God .. I’ll never be able to write like this” but I caught your mini-interview on You Tube in which you boldly say “don’t be afraid to suck” and therefore .. off I go on my first book project. Something boring and utilitarian to be sure .. but it will be mine.

  5. Prime just means that it’s a fixed lens that doesn’t zoom.
    I used the widest F-stop, which was 2.8. This lets more light into the camera, and gives it a shallower depth of field so it creates that neat visual effect where parts of the image are sharp and others are soft.
    I’m not going to pretend that I’m some kind of great photographer or anything; I just got lucky with an interesting subject and really great late afternoon lighting.

  6. You take good pictures Wil.
    BTW I know you enjoyed Stephen King’s On Writing, but do you know about his book called Secret Windows? It is kind of like a companion to On Writing and has some of his early writing. I just scored a copy at Goodwill and haven’t read it yet.

  7. Thanks for the answer! I’m trying to learn a little bit about cameras and photography, because it was a favorite hobby of my late father and I have an interest in it as well. So far, the only relatively artistic picture I’ve taken were pictures using the sepia color filter on my digital. Nothing as good as this.

  8. @Wil You should pretend that you’re some kind of great photographer… I like pretending that I am some kind of great custom t-shirt maker.
    Pretending is fun.

  9. If that’s really a statue of a muse, then the cobweb represents the utter lack of originality in the movies of the last few years. The Muse is unused.
    Or maybe I’m reading too much into the very nice photo.

  10. Uh, now I’m stuck here because I can’t look away or it’ll send me off to Hull *shudders*
    I live next to a cemetery, can you imagine how I felt after “Blink”? And I love taking pics of the statues there, too-not only digital, but also with my trusty Canon 3000V analogue camera-I even develop the pics myself and print them-I can haz darkroom!

  11. I remember how some friends and I were overly fascinated by spiders and their webs living in the butt cracks of a similar statue when we were 4 or 5 years old.
    Our parents laughed at us for some odd reason.

  12. Oh- I love the visual texture that the aging of the statue creates. I’ve asked for a Nikon D80 for Christmas from the powers that be. The response: “What’s a digital SLR?”
    Keep up the great work Will!

  13. I just got a D90 yesterday, upgrading from a D40x. The D90 is amazing. I’m really thrilled about being able to use auto-focus with my 50mm/f1.8 prime lens, which the D40x couldn’t do.

  14. Would you all believe that is the only episode of the new Dr. I’ve see? spooky. (I hate our local cable co, that’s how)
    But Wil, awesome great quote to go with it. When next i summon my muses, you can be certain that this fresh image will be in my mind’s unblinking eye:)

  15. Nice juxtaposition, it just might save this shemale from the scrap heap. Thats a nice camera I was looking at a Nikon D Series or a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 21.1MP Digital SLR, see how that just roles off my tongue. I spent many a college nights in the dark room developing. It was fun with the right person, but I do love digital. Where is the spider? I take pictures of insects often, that is fun with a macro lens, they like to jump on your lens when you get close and scare the Jeebus out of ya. Speaking of Old Jeebus I think I see him in the patina. Quick everybody on the bus we must swarm and flock. O.K. I’ll behave.

  16. Hey, Wil!
    I know this isn’t on blog topic, but rather in response to your twitter about the LHC-alarmists next to you at dinner.
    It’s the LHC Rap!

  17. very nice Wil. Almost as good as the Wesley art LOL.
    @Andy “Don’t blink”. Awesome.
    I’m in Chennai in India right now, if you’d like to see some local sights, temples and food (!), pop over to Flickr at slash timlizsam.

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