The Old Ice House

The Old Ice House

The Old Ice House – Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA

Starry night,
Swirling blue clouds,
Waiting for the sunrise,
Trying to catch a dream…

Copyright 2012 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Nikon MC-20 remote cableManfrotto 3221 tripodManfrotto 3047 studio head, exposure: f/16.0, 8 sec., ISO 200, focus mode: manual, Mirror-Up mode, capture date and time: 9/23/2012 6:22 am.


16 thoughts on “The Old Ice House

    • Thank you Nature’s Child. The poem came to me as I was publishing my post last night. My first thought when the sky turned deep blue that morning was of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. That is when I decided to go for the star bursts on the lights. You don’t need a filter to get star bursts. Just set your camera to a small aperture, f/11 – f/22. In this case, it was f/16. There is a mural on the wall facing N. Spring Street. You can see just enough to get the feel of it.

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    • I’m glad you like it Jackie! Nature always provides the most beautiful light, but the street lights did a pretty good job too. It makes waiting in the dark worthwhile. There is one mercury-vapor light in the lower left of the frame. They appear green when captured on film and digital sensors.


  1. Wow! How did I miss this? Thanks for linking me back.

    What is “mirror lock up” and is it done to reduce movement? I have this capability on my Olympus DSLR. Should really go out and play with some of these features…

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    • Okay, you did find the link. Great!

      Mirror lock-up: When you click the shutter on any camera including your Olympus DSLR, the mirror used to view through your viewfinder snaps up and out of the way quickly so the light coming through the lens can reach the sensor. This creates vibration which affects sharpness. If you need ultra sharp photos as in landscapes and architectural, etc, this is the drill: Mount your camera on a sturdy tripod. Find the area of the scene you most want in focus and manually focus on that spot (use manual focus mode). Compose the scene and lock it down tight. Enter mirror lock-up mode. Use either a remote shutter release or the timer in your camera so you don’t physically touch the shutter button causing vibration. Olympus makes very good lenses. You will be amazed at how sharp they can be!

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  2. This image delights my eye and tickles my mind. I love the way your mind works in this. So many wonderful little treasures hidden in plain view. I could look at this for hours and not be bored for an instant.

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