Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Windmill at Sagamore Hill

Mondays aren't good days to visit Sagamore Hill. I know the house is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (I think the cleaning lady comes on Tuesdays), so I was surprised to see the rangers with a group on the porch. I guess it was a private tour or some such thing. I wasn't surprised to see there were maintenance trucks all around, several parked alongside the porch.

This particular Monday past (August 11) was clouding over fast as I drove up Cove Neck Road, and as I saw the house (and trucks) on the hill I realized the light was lousy, too. But since I planned to shoot with the InfraRebel, I decided to explore scenes I usually passed over.

The windmill stands among a group of trees about a hundred feet from the house. This is usually a dark area, and it's very hard to get a good view of the tower and keep an open enough of an exposure for the trees. With the infrared camera I get not only great separation of the shadow tones, there are over half a dozen different textures in the trees, all of which would just be a dark mush in a regular photograph. This was shot with the 17-85 lens, at 17mm, so I had to do a bit of perspective correction in order for the windmill to stand straight.

Those clouds were as threatening as they looked, too. I left the park after this because the wind kept kicking up, and a little rain was coming down. The rain got steadier as I drove away, and only let up when I got to Route 25A. A few minutes later, as I was passing the Hicksville train station there was an alert on the radio about a tornado watch for the Bayville and Oyster Bay areas, as well as western Suffolk County.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be cool if you made the sky tornado-green?