Shadows of Time

Susuki against the sky.
I am fascinated by the concept of time in photography. Preparing for a class on that theme, I remembered this photo that I took a good number of years ago (scanned from film) on vacation on Iriomote Island. Hiking into the interior of the island as evening approached, I put a flash on my camera, even though I knew the results would be harsh, on the off chance that I would see one of the island’s rare Iriomote yamaneko wild cats. I took this snapshot of native susuki grass during that hike. The developed film showed the interesting results of a slow shutter speed with electronic flash. What appears to be impossible shadows against the sky is really where the grass, blown by the wind, moved randomly to block the light coming from the sky during the time that the shutter was open and the flash fired.

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