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Jumpers on a Harvard Bridge

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by KillRamsey, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Oh, to be 20-something and stupid again. More for the story than for the photos...

    Last night a friend and I went out shooting film, going up along the Charles River in Cambridge alongside Harvard. When we got to the pedestrian bridge, I heard a lot of laughing and carrying on, and said "I think they're jumping off." Sure enough, when I looked around the edge at the water, I saw heads bobbing. They were very friendly and didn't mind me chasing them around with the X100. Shot at ISO6400 so there's plenty-o-grain, but they were fidgety and moving so much that anything else meant a flash and/or blurring. Well, More blurring.

    The John Weeks bridge... I heard laughter.
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    A swimmer emerged.
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    Posing for a cellphone pic.
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    Leaning out.
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    I loved the backlighting.
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    Had to use a flash for the jump. Wasn't really strong enough.
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    Anywho... how often do you happen upon such a neat thing to get shots of? I should've gotten closer, they certainly didn't care.
     
  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Oh and these were all shot on manual, f2 at 1/4 second I believe. Mostly propped on some other part of the bridge.
     
  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Nice! I'm 20-something, but not jumping off bridges often enough (or at all) I'm afraid!

    [that's not to say I'm not stupid, though, but I'll leave that for others to judge!]
     
  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Well get out there, strip down, and go for it. Nothing like cute girls in their underwear to get you motivated. Hell I almost had a National Lampoon's moment myself...

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    "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy..."
     
  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    ^ as soon as my thesis is done, I'll run around the city naked and jump into any body of water I see - cute girls or not! :wink:
     
  6. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Bring a camera (and point it away from yourself).
     
  7. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

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    Apr 19, 2013
    California
    Stan
    Looks crazy. I hope they didn't drink the water.
     
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That last one in the first post is neat. I like the motion effect. Did you have a flash?
     
  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Just the built-in flash. I wish I'd had more. I've been wanting a speed light I can hold in one hand and shoot with the other, but none has magically appeared on my doorstep.