Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Birdsong

What the heck? Conundrum Solved. Pic added.

19 posts in this topic

As long as we are solving mysteries, (see dbl's fun with gadgets and shooting at lightbulbs)can someone please explain where this crazy stop sign came from? I was out at night shooting the steeple for an exercize in an exposure workshop, just using an automatic setting in my camera. I decided to have some fun with zooming as long as the shutter speed was so slow, as one of you did with in the Dec. challenge. Due to just having a monopod and a lack of coordination, it didn't work out very well. But...where the heck did that surreal stop sign come from???? I looked the next morning. The stop sign on that corner of the block was facing its back to me. This must be the sign on the perpendicular street corner from the church? All I did was crop and a small change in the levels. How did it move across the street, or perhaps kitty corner and still stay in focus? Especially since it appears to have left its legs behind?

3385670293_e0f33c8565_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Believe it or not, Birdsong isn't losing it. whistle Seriosuly, this church is just a couple blocks from my house, and the stop sign in this photo is definitely facing the opposite direction. I think it might be an omen. shocked

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmmmm. I am thinking it might be a reflection off of glass (window) toward the end of your exposure? The light reflects off the sign making it very bright and it likely was at the end of your zoom so it is sharp and correctly exposed. I'm just guessing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:
The stop sign on that corner of the block was facing its back to me.

The sign already was backwards so it was reversed? Heck I am grasping at straws, there must be some explanation confused There must be someone out there who understands all this refraction, reflection, whatever the heck it is! I can't help but think the zoom had something to do with it. confused

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats crazy...I have no clue about photography but that is wierd/freaky!! Anything else crazy happend to you lately??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:
The stop sign on that corner of the block was facing its back to me.

The sign already was backwards so it was reversed? Heck I am grasping at straws, there must be some explanation confused There must be someone out there who understands all this refraction, reflection, whatever the heck it is! I can't help but think the zoom had something to do with it. confused

I was counting on you to be the one who understands & could explain it! I think the sign being backwards and a reflection are going to figure into it somehow confused

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jackie, you must be mistaking me for someone who has a clue or enough brains to figure this outgrin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jackie, you must be mistaking me for someone who has a clue or enough brains to figure this outgrin

So you figuring out the whole sound trigger thing was just a momentary flash of brilliance? grin

I am going to have to drive by the corner where this was taken when I come to town next. The effect is kinda freaky!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: Dbl
Jackie, you must be mistaking me for someone who has a clue or enough brains to figure this outgrin

So you figuring out the whole sound trigger thing was just a momentary flash of brilliance? grin

exactly!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm going to have to walk over there one of these nights and try the same thing. If the stop sign doesn't show up like that for me, I'm going to have to think that it's an omen meant just for Birdsong. shocked

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wouldn't go anywhere near there...be afraid, be very afraid. eek

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I walked the dog past the site today. Mystery solved. I was kitty-corner to the church in a slightly elevated vacant lot. The eerie stop sign is the kitty-corner one at that intersection. Even though I was down on one knee to lean against a car parked for stabilization, the sign takes on prominence due to point of view. I don't think I zoomed much at all in this shot. (That's the lack of coordination part.) I just appear to have moved up and to the right or down and to the left. You can see that motion in the church doors. If you look closely down and to the right of the eerie stop sign you can see the one in front of the church facing its back to us. Down and to the left there is a murky shadow which is about the same size and shape as the eerie stop sign. At some point my flash went (it was in an auto mode)or a car started coming down the street. The light didn't carry far enough to light the red of the sign or the sign post. I still can't quite get my head around the fact that I did not pick up and carry the shadow of the sign--only the glow-in-the-dark lettering? The background appears to be the orange light of the church door especially before I changed the levels. Now that is still kind of creepy.

3387972902_a6d0cf5136.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats crazy...I have no clue about photography but that is wierd/freaky!! Anything else crazy happend to you lately??

Yes!!! I just saw a shrub walk across my backyard on two legs! Oh never mind. Just X-T in his new 'gilly' suit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ha Ha. Not yet. I've got to wait for things to green up around here, so I can really blend in. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was going to say that a car must have turned onto the street pointing in that direction from a distance right at the end of the exposure. The lights wouldn't be strong enough to light the red portion of the sign for exposure from a distance, but bright enough to activate the reflectors. Not sure exactly how far away you were, but the flash might not have enough power to light the reflectors that well from an angle. I have seen similar things in some of my photos in the past, but it would take a while to find just the right ones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is realy a cool pic but is kinda eeery... I have that problem of stop signs popping out of no where when I am traveling down the road... Oh yea. thats not the same thing. smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • We live in some sort of Bizarro world now - Sarah Palin calling Trump sinfully stupid.     Here's another one from Ann Coulter, who literally wrote a book "In Trump We Trust"    
    • You do realize that if the taxes were done that way, the cities would get $2.53 billion richer, and rural areas would get $2.53 billion poorer. The 7 county metro pays substantially more taxes (nearly 2/3 of the states total) than the other 80 counties in Minnesota combined, but only receives roughly half of the state expenditures.   Sorry to break it to you, but rural America is not fiscally solvent. Those citiots you speak of are bankrolling the entire country. It's easy to see on this chart: more urban states are to the left (givers) and more rural states are to the right (takers).  
    • I tried to purchase the screws yetti uses from Fastenal who is their vendor for the screws. They are only sold in large reels designed for a self loading screwgun. I finally called Casey at Glacial lake docks where I purchased my yetti and he sent me out the amount I needed. They work great to add additional fir strips. The plastic used to tie them together comes right off as you screw them in. Hope that helps. 
    • Sorry...was wrong on the specs.   Manufacturer is Core Ice.  It was 1450# for a 12' and 1250# for a 8'.  
    • I believe you want to use a zinc coated or galvanized steel according to the charts.  I'm sure someone will come along to correct me
    • In the back room there is a company that is using bonded foam panels (similar to garage door panels, but really clean looking), and had weights of 1250# for a 12' and 1450# for a 16'.  Aluminum trailer frames that could convert to a skid frame.  Can't recall the name.  I'm sure they were spendy, but I can see a concept like that going somewhere for the hardcore fishing crowd.   Yetti, Firebrand, Big Bite, and Glacier all had really nice display models.      Lots of campers (disguised as fish houses) out there at prices that make me want to jump into the business.  I was in two different manufacturers houses with prices well over $30k that had wire nuts for connections.  That is going to be a fun adventure for someone 2-3 years down the road when they find out their manufacturer saved $15 on their wiring.           
    • Thank you for all the help!  Ended up going with the Marcum VS485C.  After some research, there were a few other Marcums that were on the list (825 & 625), the Aqua Vu HD, and the Pan Cam.  The mini cams from all manufactures weren't what I was looking for, but they are cool and do have their place.     After seeing everything in person, I think the Aqua Vu HD had the best camera/screen.  The Marcums were a little bit behind, but the 825, 625, 485, and Pan Cam had similar real life clarity.  The 485 won out because of the $300 price point vs the others at $450-700, and was almost identical for resolution, other than the HD.
      I honestly think these cameras are all about 5+ years behind in technology in comparison to the broader camera/tv screen market.  Running off a 7-9ah battery is probably one of the limiting factors.  Another may be the cold.  The main reason (IMO) is that the manufacturers are hoping they can incrementally rape us by trickling out technology each year, similar to the computer manufacturers of the 90s/early 2000's.  For the price of a middle of the road underwater camera, I can buy a Chinese made 50" TV (these all have Chinese made 5-8" screens) and a GoPro or Sony Action Cam (which is 10x's the picture quality).       
    • Any newcomers in the wheelhouse business at the Ice show in St. Paul?
    • Im sure it's hard to see through your Liberal tears.  
  • Our Sponsors