Given the sad news about the fire at Notre Dame in Paris, here are some pics from our visit there in 1999. Shot on negative film, some of these have deteriorated (hence the purple splodges).
After the fire, several sections of the roof have collapsed. Below is a illustration of the parts which have collapsed. The part of the roof at the top of the pic is no longer there, and there’s a pile of debris on the chairs in the foreground.
As a counterpoint to the fisheye lens, I tried taking the same pics with another of my lenses, my favorite: the “Nocticron”. That has a lot going for it as a lens, not least of which is it renders straight lines as straight, and much sharper pictures. Only having the one lens makes you look at things differently, and pictures become more obvious.
The experiment was interesting, some work much better with one lens or the other, some are just impossible to do with one lens or the other. I tried to get one like the one above with the fisheye, and failed for reasons which are not obvious. With the Nocticron, it was my favorite picture.
I got a new lens. This one is a “fisheye” lens, one that distorts straight lines to get more in the picture. It’s also not officially a lens, but an accessory. It’s so small and compact, it’s sold as a body cap. That means I can put it in my bag and not notice I have it with me.
As a lens it leaves a lot to be desired, but is fun to use (in moderation). You get a lot in the picture, and not all subjects show the distortion, like the pic above. You can get a different perspective. Reds seemed to show up especially vividly, whether that’s the lens or the light, I’m not sure.
We went out walking at twilight on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, we didn’t have anything particular in mind, but the light was interesting. On Sunday we deliberately went to see Chinatown, hoping for a good show as it’s close to the lunar new year.
Chinatown was decked out in lots of red lanterns. I used this as an excuse to use my “faster” lenses (the ones which are better with less light). Unfortunately, the red of the lanterns didn’t always show up in the pictures, looking more orange, or even yellow. All the lanterns are actually red if you go see them in person.
We had no plan for the weekend, but on Saturday decided the Bay Bridge was close by, so went down to the Embarcadero to take some pictures.
On Sunday, we discovered there was a bus directly to Lands End, the northwest corner of San Francisco, and you can get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge from there. As usual, when we’re in the City, it was brilliantly sunny. The locals says this is unusual weather.
There was a lunar eclipse today. As the moon is very near perigee (i.e. the closest it gets to the Earth), it appears larger than normal, aka a “Super Moon”. The eclipse is also total, aka a “Blood Moon”; the moon turns red due to being illuminated by light passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.
Unfortunately, it was mostly cloudy and rainy today, so I gave up on the idea of photographing it. Then the clouds parted briefly, just as the moon was entering totality, I managed to snatch a few pics, and then it clouded over again.
I spent a little time at the puffin exhibit, trying to get a shot of one swimming underwater. The wall of the exhibit is glass, so you can see both above and under water. I’m not happy with any of the ones I got. The best picture I did get was the splash when a common murre dived underwater (below).
The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium, wasn’t fishy though. It was this guy shooting on film. Not only film, but medium format film, which was pretty rare even in the era of film. (The camera is a Mamiya C220.)