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Super 8

R1231405L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

The first image of light trails the author came across was on a slide shot by an old English gentleman through the window of the plane flying in to the now defunct Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, then one of the ten most perilous airports in the world. That shot done some forty years ago was shown to the author two scores of years later.

There is nothing technically difficult for such a shot. All the photographer has to do is to find a scene with a really pitch-dark background and drag the shutter speed. The light-source subject can be a hand-held or environmental one. If you use a human secondary subject in the foreground, you will need to fire the flash. But mark that the aperture can't be set to so high a number (be narrowed down) that the emitted flash light fails to reach the secondary subject. 

If there is one thing this image can be associated with with the movie Super 8, it may be the sci-fi atmosphere to the image. Super 8 can be taken as a sequel of E.T.  The new movie is less warming to the heart but equally brilliantly done. Recommended.


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