The Turtle, The Bird, and The Dragon

The Turtle, The Bird, and The Dragon

The Turtle, The Bird, and The Dragon

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I love night photography so a Korean friend took me to see this water feature in Seoul, South Korea. There were ten different scenes and this is one of them. To give you an idea of the scale, the bird is about 12 ft. high.

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon N6006 SLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D EDexposure: not recorded, program mode: Aperture Priority, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional 35mm color transparency film, Mup mode, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable,  Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software

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18 thoughts on “The Turtle, The Bird, and The Dragon

  1. First of all, it amazes me that anyone would create scenes such as this. I keep thinking of electricity and water. The huge scale of these illuminated mystical creatures makes for quite a magical display. Then, of course, is your capture of the scene. The color is intense and dramatic even as it runs into the blackest of black water. Beautiful. I like the star like quality of the golden lighted orbs as well. This is quite an spectacular image

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    • This image was made at Cham-sil, Olympic Park, S. Korea in 1994 on Kodachrome 64 reversal film known for its saturated color palette and the densest black imaginable. It’s interesting that your eye found the key to the drama of this image; saturated color against pure black in the areas with no detail. In digital photography parlance, this black would be represented as zero on the histogram.

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    • These colours and structures are so vibrant, alive with feelings!

      It appears that they are in water, very dark, inky, black, kind of water is this correct?

      Even though the reflections are from the incredible structures they are also very artistic on their own.

      The starburst effect from the lights are as if the sun is shining in the dead of night. they are sharp, clear, and bright

      It would appear that there is a vaporous soft blue-green light wafting off of the back of the bird.

      With the vaporous yellow light at the dragon’s mouth, it appears as if it is breathing out smoke.

      What kind of lights did they use to show off the incredible detail of each animal and structure?

      This is an incredible capture and there were 9 others as well?

      Did you capture them as well?

      To say I like it is an understatement I love this image and could look at it for days and see more things to capture my attention!

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      • Yes, the black areas are the surface of the water at night. I wanted to use Kodachrome 25 which renders the deepest black. Since some of the fixtures in these light installations were in motion, I needed a faster film so I decided to use Ektachrome 100 instead. The Ektachrome black proved to be wonderful. but my prosumer transparency scanner can’t really handle black that deep. The resulting scan had murky gray water which I had to fix in post processing. All types of lighting were employed in the 10 installations which makes capturing the true colors even more difficult. I captured all 10, but only processed my favorites. I’m glad you love the image. That’s what it is all about for me…seeing the scene…falling in love with it…capturing it…sharing it with others.

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