"Seagull at Sunset" - 1960

An extract from the PSA article that describes the Polarised light technique


"The original 16x20 Ektacolor print of "Seagull at Sunset"shows graduated, deep blue at the base
which merges into yellow and orange hues of the sky and a crimson-red diffused disc simulating the sun

To construct this scene, one layer of corrugated, colourless cellophane was spread on top of the stage
as described. A cut-out of a gull photograph, previously taken, was placed as shown. A number of thin strips of black cardboard were suitably arranged. A few layers of blue and yellow cellophane were placed
on the tier of glass below, on which also was resting a circular cut-out in red with its attenuated
'reflection' as evident in the illustration.

To keep the colour arrangement and composition under control, the construction was observed through the
4-inch eye-piece while working with it. The camera aperture was set at f/4, and focused on the seagull
in such a way that the 'sea and sky'with the disc of the sun, placed but a few inches below the set-up,
appeared suitably soft and blurred due to differential focusing. Room lights were put off.

The colour scheme and composition were re-checked by rotating the polarizing filter at the camera lens.
The exposure was determined, using the procedure described earlier. It worked out at 1/4 second at f/4
on Kodacolor, rated at 24ASA. The final exhibition print was made on Ektacolor paper by straightforward
projection printing technique"
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"Seagull at Sunset" - 1960

An extract from the PSA article that describes the Polarised light technique


"The original 16x20 Ektacolor print of "Seagull at Sunset"shows graduated, deep blue at the base
which merges into yellow and orange hues of the sky and a crimson-red diffused disc simulating the sun

To construct this scene, one layer of corrugated, colourless cellophane was spread on top of the stage
as described. A cut-out of a gull photograph, previously taken, was placed as shown. A number of thin strips of black cardboard were suitably arranged. A few layers of blue and yellow cellophane were placed
on the tier of glass below, on which also was resting a circular cut-out in red with its attenuated
'reflection' as evident in the illustration.

To keep the colour arrangement and composition under control, the construction was observed through the
4-inch eye-piece while working with it. The camera aperture was set at f/4, and focused on the seagull
in such a way that the 'sea and sky'with the disc of the sun, placed but a few inches below the set-up,
appeared suitably soft and blurred due to differential focusing. Room lights were put off.

The colour scheme and composition were re-checked by rotating the polarizing filter at the camera lens.
The exposure was determined, using the procedure described earlier. It worked out at 1/4 second at f/4
on Kodacolor, rated at 24ASA. The final exhibition print was made on Ektacolor paper by straightforward
projection printing technique"
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Photographer: