On the roof at the Met

matmcdermott

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I recently discovered that by manipulating the guidelines on the GF1 you can set a crop for 6x7 format, so I've been playing around with that aspect ratio. Blown up to 15x17.5" prints have a certain depth and feeling that no other aspect ratio seems to have. With a few automations processing doesn't take any longer than normal, as you've already composed for the area and not really cropping to manipulate elements in the frame, just eliminating area you purposefully left out anyway.

In any case, all these are from the new roof exhibition at the <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a>, Doug + Mike Starn: Big Bambú. It's ongoing (and changing) through the end of October. You can't take photos from up on the walkway where the people are due to safety concerns, but it's a free for all otherwise.

Lenses: #1 & 2 are the 14-45/3.5-5.6 - 3 & 4 are the 20/1.7
Post in Aperture 3 + Alien Skin Exposure (Kodak Portra 160NC, for the complete faux-medium format feel)
 

Bokeh Diem

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That IS a nice format. A classic, as they say.

Those city folk running around on a concrete roof trying to get in touch with their organic side is pretty funny though. 'Nature' for most New Yorkers is all about picking up Shui Shitzu doo doo offa da sidewalk... so this installation must be pretty risque.

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matmcdermott

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Heh. Yeah, there is a sense of wonder going on up there. Last year it was metal trees and now it's gotten more organic. Both are way better than the moronic <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId=%7B5F785871-78A9-41C4-AEDA-773CA0F10F03%7D">Jeff Koons</a> exhibit that was there two years ago. People seemed concerned at first that the whole thing is just held together with bungee cords.
 

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Matt, thanks so much for these and for letting us know about this exhibition, too. I love your third photograph but appreciate seeing them all very much. I'd love to see your prints of these.

By the way, have you seen the Cartier-Bresson exhibit? If so, please let me know what you thought over on that thread here:https://www.mu-43.com/f35/henri-cartier-bresson-moma-nyc-4-11-6-28-2010-a-645/
 
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