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Fall Streaks, 2002 Tomoko Yamamoto

I had been familiar with this spot on the south bank of Herring Run, but it was in the fall of 2002 that I noticed potentially interesting reflections in the water only at a certain time of the day. Before the sun sets, perhaps for only 20 minutes or less, the sun hits the trunk of birches on the other side. The way I first noticed it was a whitish reflection with a red one as seen in the image. To my naked eye, vertical lines on both sides of red reflections were whiter, and yet the birch trunk looked gray above the water, but it had to be the hitting sunlight that emphasizes the whiteness of the trunk. Because of the realistic reflections in the water, I had a hard time composing and getting the effects of abstraction by trying different compositions and a variety of exposures. When I first tried it, the sunlight was too weak by the time I shot the first few frames, and I almost gave up, but when I came back to the spot after several days of bad weather, the reflections were still there in late November. The camera was the OM-4TiBlack and the film was Fujichrome Professional Provia 100F (RDPIII) pushed to 200.

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