The Strange Tales of a Sleepwalker

Johanne Brunet

Candiac, Canada

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Life can be a real puzzle at times, and trying to dream our way through it may not always lead to happy results. Living on the edge is bound to speed things up, but it could also be suicidal. Perhaps we should listen to the voice of reason when it urges us to take action, maybe with a few calculated risks?

This is a project for my photography club, under the theme
At night, from dream to reality.

It is not a composite, but one single shot.

To begin with, I had checked the place out a few times to see if there were a lot of people there at night, at this time of year. The place was empty, each time I checked. However, when we got there on shooting night, there was a couple spending some romantic time, watching the river and the city lights. Drat!!!

I took a deep breath, walked over to them, and explained the situation. The lady smiled and asked me jokingly whether I wanted two more models in my shot, to which I replied that they were welcome to stay if they accepted to change into a white shift! They left laughing…

With the camera on a tripod, I made a single shot with a long exposure. A hand held flash was fired manually in various angles to freeze each scene and an assistant held a black hood in front of the lens during every change. We also had to watch for the ceiling light in the kiosk where we were shooting, which lit up for a minute every once in a while (some device to attract bugs, I believe…)

It was a cold and damp night, at 11°C. My assistant, “hired” at the last minute, had no school on the following day and was impatient to get on with some other plans he had for the rest of the evening, so we did only three shots. I was satisfied with the effect of the last one, although I think that the composition could have been improved upon a bit.

Focal length 18mm, ISO-100
Aperture f/22, shutter 30 sec.

Nikon D60, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR

Shot in manual mode, each “scene” lit with a burst of my SB-600 set at ½ power. Too windy for an umbrella.

Model: Clara-Eve Martel
Assistant: Phillip Milburn (my son)
Location: Parc de la promenade, Candiac (Quebec, Canada). Montreal lights in the distance.

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