The Dreamer’s Guide to Photography – Part 4: Stone Lion

During the afternoon, I went out driving and looking for curious things to photograph. What made it especially challenging was rush hour which was in full force that day. It was interesting to have to divide my attention between avoiding traffic and composing shots.

I found this solitary stone lion poking over the top of someone’s fence. Normally these things come in pairs and guard driveways or front doors. But in this case it stood alone, like some sort of pagan idol or elder guardian staring into the setting sun. A more inspiring subject I could hardly have asked for.

For this shot, I broke out both the 7D and the Diana F+ with the “instant back” in order to do something purely for the love of photography. For lenses, the Canon had the 28-105 zoom set at 65mm and the Diana had the soft-focus 110mm telephoto attached. The Instax film was scanned and Photoshop was used to combine elements of both images (Topaz Adjust used for color effects).

Exposure Data
Exposure 1 (film): ISO 400, f/22, 1/60
Exposure 2 (digital): ISO 100, f/11, 1/80

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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